The Just Judge
1Lord, God of vengeance —
God of vengeance, appear. 2Sm 22:48; Ps 18:47-48; Jr 46:10
2Rise up, Judge of the earth;
repay the proud what they deserve. Ps 7:6; 28:4; 98:9
3Lord, how long will the wicked —
how long will the wicked gloat? Ps 74:10; Rv 6:10
4They pour out arrogant words;
all the evildoers boast. 1Sm 2:3; Ps 31:18
5Lord, they crush Your people;
they afflict Your heritage. Is 3:15
6They kill the widow and the foreigner
and murder the fatherless. Dt 27:19; Is 10:2
7They say, “The Lord doesn’t see it.
The God of Jacob doesn’t pay attention.” Jb 22:13; Ps 10:11
8Pay attention, you stupid people!
Fools, when will you be wise? Ps 92:6
9Can the One who shaped the ear not hear,
the One who formed the eye not see? Ex 4:11; Pr 20:12
10The One who instructs nations,
the One who teaches man knowledge —
does He not discipline? Jb 35:11; Is 28:26
11The Lord knows man’s thoughts;
they are meaningless. Ps 139:2; Is 66:18; 1Co 3:20
12Lord, happy is the man You discipline
and teach from Your law Ps 25:5,9; 71:17; Is 48:17
13to give him relief from troubled times
until a pit is dug for the wicked. Ps 7:15; 9:15; Pr 26:27
14The Lord will not forsake His people
or abandon His heritage, 1Sm 12:22; Rm 11:2
15for justice will again be righteous,
and all the upright in heart will follow Or heart will support ; lit heart after it. Ps 36:10; 64:10; 97:11
16Who stands up for me against the wicked?
Who takes a stand for me against evildoers? Ps 59:2
17If the Lord had not been my helper,
I would soon rest in the silence of death. Ps 124:1-2
18If I say, “My foot is slipping,”
Your faithful love will support me, Lord. Ps 18:35; 66:9; 121:3
19When I am filled with cares,
Your comfort brings me joy. Is 57:18; 66:13
20Can a corrupt throne —
one that creates trouble by law —
become Your ally? Ps 50:16; 58:2
21They band together against the life of the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death. 2Kg 21:16; Ps 106:38; Jr 26:15
22But the Lord is my refuge;
my God is the rock of my protection. 2Sm 22:3; Ps 46:1,7; 62:2,6
23He will pay them back for their sins
and destroy them for their evil.
The Lord our God will destroy them. Ps 73:27; 94:23; 101:5,8