1 O Lord, God of avengeance, God of vengeance, bshine forth! 2 aRise up, O bJudge of the earth, Render recompense cto the proud. 3 How long shall the wicked, O Lord, How long shall the awicked exult? 4 They pour forth words, they aspeak arrogantly; All who do wickedness bvaunt themselves. 5 They acrush Your people, O Lord, And bafflict Your heritage. 6 They aslay the widow and the stranger And murder the orphans. 7 aThey have said, "The Lord does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed." 8 Pay heed, you asenseless among the people; And when will you understand, astupid ones? 9 He who aplanted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see? 10 He who achastens the nations, will He not rebuke, Even He who bteaches man knowledge? 11 The Lord aknows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath. 12 Blessed is the man whom aYou chasten, O Lord, And bwhom You teach out of Your law; 13 That You may grant him arelief from the bdays of adversity, Until ca pit is dug for the wicked. 14 For athe Lord will not abandon His people, Nor will He bforsake His inheritance. 15 For ajudgment will again be righteous, And all the upright in heart will follow it. 16 Who will astand up for me against evildoers? Who will take his stand for me bagainst those who do wickedness? 17 If athe Lord had not been my help, My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence. 18 If I should say, "aMy foot has slipped," Your lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up. 19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your aconsolations delight my soul. 20 Can a athrone of destruction be allied with You, One bwhich devises mischief by decree? 21 They aband themselves together against the life of the righteous And bcondemn the innocent to death. 22 But the Lord has been my astronghold, And my God the brock of my refuge. 23 He has abrought back their wickedness upon them And will bdestroy them in their evil; The Lord our God will destroy them.