The LORD Implored to Avenge His People.

2 3Rise up, O 4Judge of the earth, Render recompense 5to the proud.
3 How long * shall the wicked, O LORD, How long * shall the 6wicked exult?
4 They pour forth words, they 7speak arrogantly; All who do wickedness 8vaunt themselves.
5 They 9crush Your people, O LORD, And 10afflict Your heritage.
6 They 11slay the widow and the stranger And murder the orphans.
7 12They have said, "The LORD does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed."
8 Pay heed, you 13senseless among the people; And when will you understand, 14stupid ones?
9 He who 15planted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see?
10 He who 16chastens the nations, will He not rebuke, Even He who 17teaches man knowledge?
11 The LORD 18knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath.
12 Blessed is the man whom 19You chasten, O LORD, And 20whom You teach out of Your law;
13 That You may grant him 21relief from the 22days of adversity, Until 23a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For 24the LORD will not abandon His people, Nor will He 25forsake His inheritance.
15 For 26judgment will again be righteous, And all the upright in heart will follow it.
16 Who will 27stand up for me against evildoers? Who will take his stand for me 28against those who do wickedness?
17 If 29the LORD had not been my help, My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.
18 If I should say, "30My foot has slipped," Your lovingkindness, O LORD, will hold me up.
20 Can a 32throne of destruction be allied with You, One 33which devises mischief by decree?
21 They 34band themselves together against the life of the righteous And 35condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the LORD has been my 36stronghold, And my God the 37rock of my refuge.
23 He has 38brought back their wickedness upon them And will 39destroy them in their evil; The LORD our God will destroy them.