1 O Jehovah, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth!
2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth, Render recompense to the proud.
3 O Jehovah, how long shall the wicked exult?
4 They utter speech. They speak arrogantly. All troublemakers brag about themselves.
5 They crush your people, O Jehovah. They make those who belong to you suffer.
6 They kill widows and foreigners, and they murder orphans.
7 They say: Jehovah does not see it. The God of Jacob does not even pay attention to it.
8 Pay attention, you stupid senseless people! When will you become wise, you fools?
9 God created ears. Do you think he cannot hear? He formed eyes. Do you think he cannot see?
10 He disciplines nations. Do you think he cannot punish? He teaches people. Do you think he does not know anything?
11 Jehovah knows the thoughts of man. He knows that they a mere vanity.
12 Jehovah, how happy are those you instruct, the ones to whom you teach your law!
13 You give them rest from days of trouble until a pit is dug to trap the wicked.
14 Jehovah will not abandon his people. He will not desert those who belong to him.
15 For judgment will again be righteous. The upright in heart will follow it.
16 Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?
17 If Jehovah had not been my help, I would have been silent in death.
18 If I should say: My foot has slipped, your loving kindness, O Jehovah, will hold me up.
19 When I worried about many things, your assuring words comforted me.
20 Can wicked rulers be allied with you? They frame mischief by decree the law.
21 They join forces to take the lives of righteous people. They condemn innocent people to death.
22 Jehovah has become my stronghold. My God has become my rock of refuge.
23 He has turned their wickedness against them. He will destroy them because of their sins. Jehovah our God will destroy them.