A Prayer for Retribution against Oppressors

1 O Yahweh, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth.
2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth. Repay upon the proud what is [their] rightful due.
3 How long [will the] wicked, O Yahweh, how long will [the] wicked exult?
4 {They gush words} unrestrained. All [the] evildoers boast.
5 They crush your people, O Yahweh; they oppress your inheritance.
6 They kill widow and stranger, and they murder orphans,
7 while they say, "Yah does not see," and "The God of Jacob does not pay attention."
8 You pay attention, O brutes among the people. And [you] fools, when you will show insight?
9 Will [the] one who planted [the] ear not hear? Will [the] one who formed [the] eye not see?
10 Will [the] one who instructs nations not rebuke, the one who teaches humankind knowledge?
11 Yahweh knows [the] thoughts of humankind, that {they [are] to no purpose}.
12 Blessed [is] the man, O Yah, whom you instruct and teach from your law,
13 to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For Yahweh will not abandon his people, nor forsake his inheritance.
15 For judgment will return to righteousness, and all the upright in heart [will follow] after it.
16 Who rose up for me against [the] wicked? Who stood up for me against [the] workers of iniquity?
17 If Yahweh had not been my help, my soul would soon have dwelt in silence.
18 When I thought, "My foot is slipping," your loyal love, O Yahweh, supported me.
19 When my troubled thoughts were many {within me}, your consolations cheered my soul.
20 Can there be allied with you a throne of destruction, one that forms trouble based on statute?
21 They band together against [the] life of [the] righteous, and declare [the] blameless guilty of blood.
22 But Yahweh has become my [high] stronghold, and my God [has become] my rock of refuge.
23 And he will repay on them their iniquity, and by their evil he will destroy them. Yahweh our God will destroy them.