Psalm 94

1 O Lord God to whom vengeance belongs:
    O God to whom vengeance belongs, shine out in glory.
2 Arise, judge of the earth:
    and requite the proud as they deserve.
3 Lord, how long shall the wicked:
    how long shall the wicked triumph?
4 How long shall all evildoers pour out words:
    how long shall they boast and flaunt themselves?
5 They crush your people, O Lord:
    they oppress your own possession.
6 They murder the widow and the alien:
    they put the fatherless to death.
7 And they say 'The Lord does not see:
    nor does the God of Jacob consider it.'
8 Consider this, you senseless among the people:
    fools, when will you understand?
9 He who planted the ear, does he not hear:
    he who formed the eye, does he not see?
10 He who disciplines the nations, will he not punish:
    has the teacher of the world no knowledge?
11 The Lord knows human thoughts:
    he knows that they are mere breath.
12 Blessed are those whom you discipline, O Lord:
    and teach from your law,
13 Giving them rest from days of misery:
    till a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 The Lord will not cast off his people:
    nor will he forsake his own.
15 For justice shall return to the righteous:
    and, with them, to all the true of heart.
16 Who will stand up for me against the wicked:
    who will take my part against the evildoers?
17 If the Lord had not been my helper:
    I would soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
18 But when I said 'My foot has slipped':
    your mercy, O Lord, was holding me.
19 In all the doubts of my heart:
    your consolations delighted my soul.
20 Will you be any friend to the court of wickedness:
    that contrives evil by means of law?
21 They band together against the life of the righteous:
    and condemn innocent blood.
22 But the Lord is my stronghold:
    my God is my rock and my refuge.
23 Let him requite them for their wickedness, and silence them for their evil:
    the Lord our God shall silence them.