How happy are those who uphold justice,
who practice righteousness at all times.
Justice executed is a joy to the righteous
but a terror to those who practice iniquity.
When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule, people groan.
The dying man blessed me,
and I made the widow’s heart rejoice.
How happy is the man
who does not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path of sinners
or join a group of mockers!
When the righteous thrive, a city rejoices,
and when the wicked die, there is joyful shouting.
Let those who want my vindication
shout for joy and be glad;
let them continually say,
“The Lord be exalted.
He takes pleasure in His servant’s well-being.”
Those who fear You will see me and rejoice,
for I put my hope in Your word.
The righteous one will rejoice
when he sees the retribution;
he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
happy is the one who pays you back
what you have done to us.
Happy is he who takes your little ones
and dashes them against the rocks.
Though they curse, You will bless.
When they rise up, they will be put to shame,
but Your servant will rejoice.
Heaven and earth and everything in them
will shout for joy over Babylon
because the destroyers from the north
will come against her.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
“This is what the Lord God says: While the whole world rejoices, I will make you a desolation.
Rejoice over her, heaven,
and you saints, apostles, and prophets,
because God has executed your judgment on her!
Don’t gloat when your enemy falls,
and don’t let your heart rejoice when he stumbles, or the Lord will see, be displeased,
and turn His wrath away from him.