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Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?
But, O Lord of armies, judging in righteousness, testing the thoughts and the heart, let me see your punishment come on them: for I have put my cause before you.
Let such a thing be far from you, to put the upright to death with the sinner: will not the judge of all the earth do right?
He is the Rock, complete is his work; for all his ways are righteousness: a God without evil who keeps faith, true and upright is he.
Against you, you only, have I done wrong, working that which is evil in your eyes; so that your words may be seen to be right, and you may be clear when you are judging.
I have seen, O Lord, that your decisions are right, and that in unchanging faith you have sent trouble on me.
O Lord, righteousness is yours, but shame is on us, even to this day; and on the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem, and on all Israel, those who are near and those who are far off, in all the countries where you have sent them because of the sin which they have done against you.
Before your holy eyes sin may not be seen, and you are unable to put up with wrong; why, then, are your eyes on the false? why do you say nothing when the evil-doer puts an end to one who is more upright than himself?
The Lord in her is upright; he will not do evil; every morning he lets his righteousness be seen, he is unchanging; but the evil-doer has no sense of shame.
But if the righteousness of God is supported by our wrongdoing what is to be said? is it wrong for God to be angry (as men may say)?
But I would have talk with the Ruler of all, and my desire is to have an argument with God.
Put forward your cause, says the Lord; let your strong argument come out, says the King of Jacob.
They have become fat and strong: they have gone far in works of evil: they give no support to the cause of the child without a father, so that they may do well; they do not see that the poor man gets his rights.
There is wealth in the tents of those who make destruction, and those by whom God is moved to wrath are safe; even those whose god is their strength.
Why is life given to the evil-doers? why do they become old and strong in power?
Do not be angry because of the wrongdoers, or have envy of the workers of evil.
Because of my envy of the men of pride, when I saw the well-being of the wrongdoers.
How long will sinners, O Lord, how long will sinners have joy over us?
For the turning back of the simple from teaching will be the cause of their death, and the peace of the foolish will be their destruction.
For this reason the law is feeble and decisions are not effected: for the upright man is circled round by evil-doers; because of which right is twisted.
And now to us the men of pride seem happy; yes, the evil-doers are doing well; they put God to the test and are safe.
For even your brothers, your father's family, even they have been untrue to you, crying loudly after you: have no faith in them, though they say fair words to you.
For the people of Israel and the people of Judah have been very false to me, says the Lord.
Truly you had no word of them, no knowledge of them; no news of them in the past had come to your ears; because I saw how false was your behaviour, and that your heart was turned against me from your earliest days.
But like a man, they have gone against the agreement; there they were false to me.
O Lord, great is your righteousness, and upright are your decisions.