Bible: Psalm 94

Psalm 94 1 

94:1 O Lord, the God who avenges!

O God who avenges, reveal your splendor! 2 

94:2 Rise up, O judge of the earth!

Pay back the proud!

94:3 O Lord, how long will the wicked,

how long will the wicked celebrate? 3 

94:4 They spew out threats 4  and speak defiantly;

all the evildoers boast. 5 

94:5 O Lord, they crush your people;

they oppress the nation that belongs to you. 6 

94:6 They kill the widow and the one residing outside his native land,

and they murder the fatherless. 7 

94:7 Then they say, “The Lord does not see this;

the God of Jacob does not take notice of it.” 8 

94:8 Take notice of this, 9  you ignorant people! 10 

You fools, when will you ever understand?

94:9 Does the one who makes the human ear not hear?

Does the one who forms the human eye not see? 11 

94:10 Does the one who disciplines the nations not punish?

He is the one who imparts knowledge to human beings!

94:11 The Lord knows that

peoplesthoughts are morally bankrupt. 12 

94:12 How blessed is the one 13  whom you instruct, O Lord,

the one whom you teach from your law,

94:13 in order to protect him from times of trouble, 14 

until the wicked are destroyed. 15 

94:14 Certainly 16  the Lord does not forsake his people;

he does not abandon the nation that belongs to him. 17 

94:15 For justice will prevail, 18 

and all the morally upright 19  will be vindicated. 20 

94:16 Who will rise up to defend me 21  against the wicked?

Who will stand up for me against the evildoers? 22 

94:17 If the Lord had not helped me,

I would have laid down in the silence of death. 23 

94:18 If I say, “My foot is slipping,”

your loyal love, O Lord, supports me.

94:19 When worries threaten to overwhelm me, 24 

your soothing touch makes me happy. 25 

94:20 Cruel rulers 26  are not your allies,

those who make oppressive laws. 27 

94:21 They conspire against 28  the blameless, 29 

and condemn to death the innocent. 30 

94:22 But the Lord will protect me, 31 

and my God will shelter me. 32 

94:23 He will pay them back for their sin. 33 

He will destroy them because of 34  their evil;

the Lord our God will destroy them.

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