O God, in whose hands is punishment, O God
of punishment, let your shining face be seen.
Be lifted up, O judge of the earth; let
their reward come to the men of pride.
How long will sinners, O Lord, how long
will sinners have joy over us?
Words of pride come from their lips; all
the workers of evil say great things of themselves.
Your people are crushed by them, O Lord,
your heritage is troubled,
They put to death the widow and the guest,
they take the lives of children who have no father;
And they say, Jah will not see it, the God
of Jacob will not give thought to it.
Give your mind to my words, you who are
without wisdom among the people; you foolish men, when will
you be wise?
Has he by whom your ears were planted no
hearing? or is he blind by whom your eyes were formed?
He who is the judge of the nations, will
he not give men the reward of their acts, even he who gives
knowledge to man?
The Lord has knowledge of the thoughts of
man, for they are only a breath.
Happy is the man who is guided by you, O
Jah, and to whom you give teaching out of your law;
So that you may give him rest from the
days of evil, till a hole is made ready for the destruction
of the sinners.
The Lord will not give up his people, or
take away his support from his heritage;
But decisions will again be made in
righteousness; and they will be kept by all whose hearts are
Who will give me help against the sinners? and who will be
my support against the workers of evil?
If the Lord had not been my helper, my
soul would quickly have gone down into death.
If I say, My foot is slipping; your
mercy, O Lord, is my support.
Among all my troubled thoughts, your
comforts are the delight of my soul.
What part with you has the seat of sin,
which makes evil into a law?
They are banded together against the soul
of the upright, to give decisions against those who have
done no wrong.
But the Lord is my safe resting-place; my
God is the Rock where I am safe.
And he has made their evil designs come
back on themselves, cutting them off in their sin; the Lord
our God will put an end to them.