1 O Lord, the God who avenges! O God who avenges, reveal your splendor!
1 O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.
1 God of vengeance, LORD God of vengeance, display your splendor!
2 Rise up, O judge of the earth! Pay back the proud!
2 Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.
2 Stand up, judge of the earth, and repay the proud.
3 O Lord, how long will the wicked, how long will the wicked celebrate?
3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?
3 How long will the wicked, LORD, how long will the wicked continue to triumph?
4 They spew out threats and speak defiantly; all the evildoers boast.
4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?
4 When they speak, they spew arrogance. Everyone who practices iniquity brags about it.
5 O Lord, they crush your people; they oppress the nation that belongs to you.
5 They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage.
5 LORD, they have crushed your people, afflicting your heritage.
6 They kill the widow and the one residing outside his native land, and they murder the fatherless.
6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
6 The wicked kill widows and foreigners; they murder orphans.
7 Then they say, "The Lord does not see this; the God of Jacob does not take notice of it."
7 Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
7 They say, "The LORD cannot see, and the God of Jacob will not notice."
8 Take notice of this, you ignorant people! You fools, when will you ever understand?
8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
8 Pay attention, you dull ones among the crowds! You fools! Will you ever become wise?
9 Does the one who makes the human ear not hear? Does the one who forms the human eye not see?
9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
9 The one who formed the ear can hear, can he not? The one who made the eyes can see, can he not?
10 Does the one who disciplines the nations not punish? He is the one who imparts knowledge to human beings!
10 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?
10 The one who disciplines nations can rebuke them, can he not? The one who teaches mankind can discern, can he not?
11 The Lord knows that peoples' thoughts are morally bankrupt.
11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
11 The LORD knows the thoughts of human beings that they are futile.
12 How blessed is the one whom you instruct, O Lord, the one whom you teach from your law,
12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;
12 How blessed is the man whom you instruct, LORD, whom you teach from your Law,
13 in order to protect him from times of trouble, until the wicked are destroyed.
13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
13 keeping him calm when times are troubled until a pit has been dug for the wicked.
14 Certainly the Lord does not forsake his people; he does not abandon the nation that belongs to him.
14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
14 For the LORD will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage.
15 For justice will prevail, and all the morally upright will be vindicated.
15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.
15 Righteousness will be restored with justice, and all the pure of heart will follow it.
16 Who will rise up to defend me against the wicked? Who will stand up for me against the evildoers?
16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will stand for me against those who practice iniquity?
17 If the Lord had not helped me, I would have laid down in the silence of death.
17 Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.
17 If the LORD had not been my helper, I would have quickly become silent.
18 If I say, "My foot is slipping," your loyal love, O Lord, supports me.
18 When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.
18 When I say that my foot is shaking, your gracious love, LORD, will sustain me.
19 When worries threaten to overwhelm me, your soothing touch makes me happy.
19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
19 When my anxious inner thoughts become overwhelming, your comfort encourages me.
20 Cruel rulers are not your allies, those who make oppressive laws.
20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?
20 Will destructive national leaders, who plan wicked things through misuse of the Law, be allied with you?
21 They conspire against the blameless, and condemn to death the innocent.
21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
21 They gather together against the righteous, condemning the innocent to death.
22 But the Lord will protect me, and my God will shelter me.
22 But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.
22 But the LORD is my stronghold, and my God, the rock, is my refuge.
23 He will pay them back for their sin. He will destroy them because of their evil; the Lord our God will destroy them.
23 And he 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.
23 He will repay them for their sin; he will annihilate them because of their evil. The LORD our God will annihilate them.
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