There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness, where evildoers can hide.
God has no need to examine people further, that they should come before him for judgment.
Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.
Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.
He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,
because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.
But if he remains silent, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, who can see him? Yet he is over individual and nation alike,
to keep the godless from ruling, from laying snares for the people.
“Suppose someone says to God, ‘I am guilty but will offend no more.
Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.’
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