For the director of music. A psalm of Asaph. A song to the tune of “Do Not Destroy.”
1 God, we praise you. We praise you because you are near to us. People talk about the wonderful things you have done.
2 You say, “I choose the appointed time to judge people. And I judge them fairly. 3 When the earth and all its people tremble, I keep everything from falling to pieces. 4 To the proud I say, ‘Don’t brag anymore.’ To sinners I say, ‘Don’t show off your power. 5 Don’t show it off against me. Don’t talk back to me.’ ”
6 No one from east or west or north or south can judge themselves. 7 God is the one who judges. He says to one person, “You are guilty.” To another he says, “You are not guilty.” 8 In the hand of the Lord is a cup. It is full of wine mixed with spices. It is the wine of his anger. He pours it out. All the evil people on earth drink it down to the very last drop.
9 I will speak about this forever. I will sing praise to the God of Jacob. 10 God says, “I will destroy the power of all sinful people. But I will make godly people more powerful.”
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