He shatters the mighty without investigation, and sets others in their place.
Thus, knowing their works, he overturns them in the night, and they are crushed.
He strikes them for their wickedness in the sight of men,
because they turned aside from following him, and had no regard for any of his ways,
so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to him, and he heard the cry of the afflicted--
When he is quiet, who can condemn? When he hides his face, who can behold him, whether it be a nation or a man? --
that a godless man should not reign, that he should not ensnare the people.
"For has any one said to God, 'I have borne chastisement; I will not offend any more;
teach me what I do not see; if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more'?
Will he then make requital to suit you, because you reject it? For you must choose, and not I; therefore declare what you know.
Men of understanding will say to me, and the wise man who hears me will say:
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)