94 The Lord is a God ·who punishes [of vengeance; Deut. 32:35; Is. 34:8; Ezek. 24:8; 25:14–17; Nah. 1:2; Rom. 12:19; 1 Thess. 4:6]. ·God, show your greatness and punish [L God of vengeance, shine forth]! 2 Rise up, Judge of the earth, and give the ·proud [arrogant] ·what they deserve [their due]. 3 How long will the wicked be ·happy [joyful]? How long, Lord?
4 They ·are full of [L bubble forth, speaking] ·proud [insolent] words; those who do evil ·brag about what they have done [L talk a lot]. 5 Lord, they crush your people and ·make your children suffer [L afflict your inheritance]. 6 They kill widows and ·foreigners [sojourners; wanderers] and murder orphans [Ex. 22:21–24]. 7 They say, “The Lord doesn’t see; the God of Jacob [C another name for Israel] doesn’t ·notice [understand].”
8 You ·stupid [senseless; dull witted] ones among the people, ·pay attention [L understand]. You fools, when will you ·understand [get insight]? 9 Can’t the ·creator [L planter] of ears hear? Can’t the ·maker [former; shaper] of eyes see? 10 Won’t the one who ·corrects [instructs; disciplines] nations ·punish [reprimand; reprove] you? Doesn’t the teacher of people know everything? 11 The Lord knows ·what people think [L the thoughts of humans]. He knows their thoughts are ·just a puff of wind [a bubble/vapor/meaningless/futile; Eccl. 1:2].
12 Lord, those you ·correct [instruct; discipline] are ·happy [blessed]; you teach them from your ·law [instruction; teaching]. 13 You give them ·rest [peace; quiet] from ·times [L days] of ·trouble [harm; evil] until a pit is dug for the wicked [Prov. 26:7; Eccl. 10:8]. 14 The Lord won’t ·leave [abandon; cast off] his people nor ·give up [abandon; forsake] his ·children [L inheritance]. 15 Judgment will again be ·fair [just; righteous], and all who are ·honest [L upright/virtuous of heart] will follow it.
16 Who will ·help me fight [L rise up with me] against the wicked? Who will stand with me against those who do evil? 17 If the Lord had not helped me, I would have ·died in a minute [L quickly dwelled in silence]. 18 I said, “·I am about to fall [L My feet totter],” but, Lord, your ·love [loyalty] ·kept me safe [steadied/supported me]. 19 ·I was very worried [L In my many disquieting thoughts in my insides], but you comforted me and ·made me happy [cheered me up].
20 ·Crooked leaders [L Ruinous thrones] cannot be your ·friends [allies]. They use the ·law [statute; ordinance; requirement] to cause ·suffering [distress]. 21 They ·join forces [band together] against ·people who do right [righteous people] and ·sentence [condemn] to death the innocent. 22 But the Lord is my ·defender [stronghold; fortress]; my God is the rock [28:1; 42:9; 62:2; Deut. 32:4] of my ·protection [refuge]. 23 God will pay them back for their ·sins [guilt; iniquity] and will destroy them for their evil. The Lord our God will destroy them.
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