To the Director: Accompanied by female voices.[a] A Davidic Psalm.
A Cry for God’s Justice
9 [b]I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, I will declare all your wonderful deeds. 2 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praises to your name, Most High!
3 When my enemies turn back, they will stumble and perish before you. 4 For you have brought about justice for me and my cause; you sit on the throne judging righteously. 5 You rebuked the nations, you destroyed the wicked, you wiped out their name forever and ever. 6 The enemy has perished, reduced to ruins forever. You uprooted their cities, the very memory of them vanished.
7 But the Lord sits on his throne[c] forever; his throne is established for judgment. 8 He will judge the world righteously and make just decisions for the people.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of distress. 10 Those who know your name will trust you, for you have not forsaken those who seek you, Lord.
11 Sing praises to the Lord who dwells in Zion; declare his mighty deeds among the peoples. 12 As an avenger of blood, he remembers them; he has not forgotten the cry of the afflicted.
13 Be gracious to me, Lord, take note of my affliction, because of those who hate me. You snatch me away from the gates of death, 14 so I may declare everything for which you should be praised[d] in the gates of the daughter of Zion,[e] so I will rejoice in your deliverance.
15 The nations have sunk down into the pit they made, their feet are ensnared in the trap[f] they set. 16 The Lord has made himself known, executing judgment. The wicked are ensnared by what their hands have made. Interlude[g]
17 The wicked will turn back to where the dead are[h]— all the nations that have forgotten God. 18 For he will not always overlook the plight of the poor, nor will the hope of the afflicted perish forever. 19 Rise up, Lord, do not let man prevail! The nations will be judged in your presence. 20 Make them afraid, Lord, Let the nations know that they are only human.[i] Interlude
A Prayer for Judging the Wicked
10 [j]Why do you stand far away, Lord? Why do you hide in times of distress? 2 The wicked one arrogantly pursues the afflicted,[k] who are trapped in the schemes he devises. 3 For the wicked one boasts about his own desire; he blesses the greedy and despises the Lord. 4 With haughty arrogance, the wicked thinks, “God will not seek justice.”[l] He always presumes “There is no God.” 5 Their ways always seem prosperous.
Your judgments are on high, far away from them.
They scoff at all their enemies. 6 They say to themselves, “We will not be moved throughout all time, and we will not experience adversity.” 7 Their mouth is full of curses, lies, and oppression, their tongues[m] spread trouble and iniquity. 8 They wait[n] in ambush in the villages, they kill the innocent in secret. 9 Their eyes secretly watch the helpless, lying in wait like a lion in his den. They lie in wait to catch the afflicted. They catch the afflicted when they pull him into their net.
10 The victim[o] is crushed, and he sinks down; the helpless fall by their might. 11 The wicked say to themselves, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
12 Rise up, Lord! Raise your hand, God. Don’t forget the afflicted! 13 Why do the wicked despise God and say to themselves, “God[p] will not seek justice.”?[q]
14 But you do see! You take note of trouble and grief in order to take the matter into your own hand. The helpless one commits himself[r] to you; you have been the orphan’s helper.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; so that when you seek out his wickedness you will find it no more. 16 The Lord is king forever and ever; nations will perish from his land.
17 Lord, you heard the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen them,[s] you will listen carefully, 18 to do justice for the orphan[t] and the oppressed, so that men of the earth may cause terror no more.
Psalm 9:1Or according to the tune ‘Death of a Son’
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