94 The Lord is a God who gives people what they should get. God, show your greatness and punish! 2 Rise up, Judge of the earth. Give the proud what they should get. 3 How long will the wicked be happy? How long, Lord?
4 They are full of proud words. Those who do evil brag about what they have done. 5 Lord, they crush your people. They make your children suffer. 6 They kill widows and foreigners. They murder orphans. 7 They say, “The Lord doesn’t see. The God of Jacob doesn’t notice.”
8 You stupid ones among the people, pay attention. You fools, when will you understand? 9 Can’t the creator of ears hear? Can’t the maker of eyes see? 10 Won’t the one who corrects nations punish you? Doesn’t the teacher of men know everything? 11 The Lord knows what people think. He knows they are just a puff of wind.
12 Lord, those you correct are happy. You give them your teachings. 13 You give them rest from times of trouble until a grave is dug for the wicked. 14 The Lord won’t leave his people. He will not give up his children. 15 Judgment will again be fair. And all who are honest will follow it.
16 Who will help me fight 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 soon. 18 I said, “I am about to be overwhelmed.” But, Lord, your love kept me safe. 19 I was very worried. But you comforted me and made me happy.
20 Crooked leaders cannot be your friends. They use the law to cause suffering. 21 They join forces against people who do right. They sentence to death the innocent. 22 But the Lord protects me like a strong, walled city. My God is the rock of my protection. 23 God will pay them back for their sins. He will destroy them for their evil. The Lord our God will destroy them.
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