The Psalmist calling for justice complaineth of the tyranny and impiety of the wicked: he sheweth God's providence; and teacheth the blessedness of affliction. God is the defender and avenger of the afflicted.
1 O Lord aGod, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, bshew thyself.
2 1Lift up thyself, 2thou judge of the earth: 3render a reward to the proud.
3 Lord, 1how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?
4 how long shall they 1utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?
5 They 1break in pieces thy people, O Lord, and afflict thine heritage.
6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
7 Yet 1they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
8 1Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
9 He 1that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
10 He that 1chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that 2teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?
11 The 1Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
12 1Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law;
13 That 1thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until 2the pit be digged for the wicked.
14 For 1the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
15 But 1judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart ashall follow it.
16 Who 1will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17 1Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had aalmost dwelt in silence.
18 When I said, 1My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.
19 In 1the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
20 Shall 1the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which 2frameth mischief by a law?
21 They 1gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and 2condemn the innocent blood.
22 But 1the Lord is my defence; and my God is 2the rock of my refuge.
23 And 1he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.