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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?
So I said to the Lord, "O Lord who rules over all, you are a just judge! You examine people's hearts and minds. I want to see you pay them back for what they have done because I trust you to vindicate my cause."
Far be it from you to do such a thing -- to kill the godly with the wicked, treating the godly and the wicked alike! Far be it from you! Will not the judge of the whole earth do what is right?"
As for the Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are just. He is a reliable God who is never unjust, he is fair and upright.
Against you -- you above all -- I have sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. So you are just when you confront me; you are right when you condemn me.
I know, Lord, that your regulations are just. You disciplined me because of your faithful devotion to me.
The Lord is just in all his actions, and exhibits love in all he does.
"You are righteous, O Lord, but we are humiliated this day -- the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far away in all the countries in which you have scattered them, because they have behaved unfaithfully toward you.
You are too just to tolerate evil; you are unable to condone wrongdoing. So why do you put up with such treacherous people? Why do you say nothing when the wicked devour those more righteous than they are?
The just Lord resides within her; he commits no unjust acts. Every morning he reveals his justice. At dawn he appears without fail. Yet the unjust know no shame.
But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is he? (I am speaking in human terms.)
But I wish to speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God.
"Present your argument," says the Lord. "Produce your evidence," says Jacob's king.
That is how they have grown fat and sleek. There is no limit to the evil things they do. They do not plead the cause of the fatherless in such a way as to win it. They do not defend the rights of the poor.
But the tents of robbers are peaceful, and those who provoke God are confident -- who carry their god in their hands.
"Why do the wicked go on living, grow old, even increase in power?
By David. Do not fret when wicked men seem to succeed! Do not envy evildoers!
For I envied those who are proud, as I observed the prosperity of the wicked.
When the wicked sprout up like grass, and all the evildoers glisten, it is so that they may be annihilated.
O Lord, how long will the wicked, how long will the wicked celebrate?
For the waywardness of the simpletons will kill them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them.
For this reason the law lacks power, and justice is never carried out. Indeed, the wicked intimidate the innocent. For this reason justice is perverted.
So now we consider the arrogant to be happy; indeed, those who practice evil are successful. In fact, those who challenge God escape!'"
As a matter of fact, even your own brothers and the members of your own family have betrayed you too. Even they have plotted to do away with you. So do not trust them even when they say kind things to you.
For the nations of Israel and Judah have been very unfaithful to me," says the Lord.
You did not hear, you do not know, you were not told beforehand. For I know that you are very deceitful; you were labeled a rebel from birth.
At Adam they broke the covenant; Oh how they were unfaithful to me!
(Tsade) You are just, O Lord, and your judgments are fair.