94 Lord God, you punish the guilty. Show what you are like and punish them now. 2 You judge the earth. Come and help us! Pay back those proud people for what they have done. 3 How long will the wicked celebrate and be glad?
4 All of those cruel people strut and boast, 5 and they crush and wound your chosen nation, Lord. 6 They murder widows, foreigners, and orphans. 7 Then they say, “The Lord God of Jacob doesn’t see or know.”
8 Can’t you fools see? Won’t you ever learn? 9 God gave us ears and eyes! Can’t he hear and see? 10 God instructs the nations and gives knowledge to us all. Won’t he also correct us? 11 The Lord knows how useless our plans really are.
12 Our Lord, you bless everyone that you instruct and teach by using your Law. 13 You give them rest from their troubles, until a pit can be dug for the wicked. 14 You won’t turn your back on your chosen nation. 15 Justice and fairness will go hand in hand, and all who do right will follow along.
16 Who will stand up for me against those cruel people? 17 If you had not helped me, Lord, I would soon have gone to the land of silence.[a] 18 When I felt my feet slipping, you came with your love and kept me steady. 19 And when I was burdened with worries, you comforted me and made me feel secure. 20 But you are opposed to dishonest lawmakers 21 who gang up to murder innocent victims.
22 You, Lord God, are my fortress, that mighty rock[b] where I am safe. 23 You will pay back my enemies, and you will wipe them out for the evil they did.
94.17land of silence: The grave or the world of the dead.
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