A Prayer for Vengeance

941 O Lord , God of vengeance , God of vengeance , shine forth ! 2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth , Render recompense to the proud . 3 How long e shall the wicked , O Lord , How long e shall the wicked exult ? 4 They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly ; All who do wickedness vaunt themselves. 5 They crush Your people , O Lord , And afflict Your heritage . 6 They slay the widow and the stranger And murder the orphans . 7 They have said , "The Lord does not see , Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed ." 8 Pay heed , you senseless among the people ; And when will you understand , stupid ones ? 9 He who planted the ear , does He not hear ? He who formed the eye , does He not see ? 10 He who chastens the nations , will He not rebuke , Even He who teaches man knowledge ? 11 The Lord knows the thoughts of man , That they are a mere breath .

12 Blessed is the man whom You chasten , O Lord , And whom You teach out of Your law ; 13 That You may grant him relief from the days of adversity , Until a pit is dug for the wicked . 14 For the Lord will not abandon His people , Nor will He forsake His inheritance . 15 For judgment will again be righteous , And all the upright in heart will follow it. 16 Who will stand up for me against evildoers ? Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness ? 17 If the Lord had not been my help , My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence . 18 If I should say , " My foot has slipped ," Your lovingkindness , O Lord , will hold me up. 19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul . 20 Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which devises mischief by decree ? 21 They band themselves together against the life of the righteous And condemn the innocent to death . 22 But the Lord has been my stronghold , And my God the rock of my refuge . 23 He has brought back their wickedness upon them And will destroy them in their evil ; The Lord our God will destroy them.