O Lord God to whom vengeance belongs, *
O God to whom vengeance belongs, show yourself.
Arise, O Judge of the world, *
and reward the proud according to their deserving.
O Lord, how long shall the ungodly, *
how long shall the ungodly triumph?
How long shall all evildoers speak so disdainfully *
and make such proud boasting?
They smite down your people, O Lord, *
and trouble your heritage.
They murder the widow and the stranger *
and put the fatherless to death.
And yet they say, “The Lord shall not see, *
neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.”
Take heed, you unwise among the people; *
O you fools, when will you understand?
He who planted the ear, shall he not hear? *
Or he who made the eye, shall he not see?
Or he who nurtures the nations, *
he who teaches humanity knowledge, shall he not punish?
The Lord knows the thoughts of man, *
that they are but vain.
Blessed is the one whom you chasten, O Lord, *
and whom you teach your law,
That you may give him patience in time of adversity, *
until a pit is dug for the ungodly.
For the Lord will not fail his people, *
neither will he forsake his inheritance;
But righteousness shall return to the place of judgment, *
and all those who are true of heart shall follow it.
Who will rise up with me against the wicked, *
or who will take my part against the evildoers?
If the Lord had not helped me, *
my soul would soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
But when I said, “My foot has slipped,” *
your mercy, O Lord, held me up.
In the multitude of the sorrows that I had in my heart, *
your comforts refreshed my soul.
Will you have anything to do with the council of wickedness, *
which turns evil into law?
They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous *
and condemn the innocent to death.
But the Lord is my refuge, *
and my God is the rock of my confidence.
He shall recompense them for their wickedness, and destroy them in their own malice; *
indeed, the Lord our God shall destroy them.