1O Lord God of vengeance, *O God of vengeance, show yourself.
2Rise up, O Judge of the world; *give the arrogant their just deserts.
3How long shall the wicked, O Lord, *how long shall the wicked triumph?
4They bluster in their insolence; *all evildoers are full of boasting.
5They crush your people, O Lord, *and afflict your chosen nation.
6They murder the widow and the stranger *and put the orphans to death.
7Yet they say, “The Lord does not see, *the God of Jacob takes no notice.”
8Consider well, you dullards among the people; *when will you fools understand?
9He that planted the ear, does he not hear? *he that formed the eye, does he not see?
10He who admonishes the nations, will he not punish? *he who teaches all the world, has he no knowledge?
11The Lord knows our human thoughts; *how like a puff of wind they are.
12Happy are they whom you instruct, O Lord! *whom you teach out of your law;
13To give them rest in evil days, *until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14For the Lord will not abandon his people, *nor will he forsake his own.
15For judgment will again be just, *and all the true of heart will follow it.
16Who rose up for me against the wicked? *who took my part against the evildoers?
17If the Lord had not come to my help, *I should soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
18As often as I said, “My foot has slipped,” *your love, O Lord, upheld me.
19When many cares fill my mind, *your consolations cheer my soul.
20Can a corrupt tribunal have any part with you, *one which frames evil into law?
21They conspire against the life of the just *and condemn the innocent to death.
22But the Lord has become my stronghold, *and my God the rock of my trust.
23He will turn their wickedness back upon them
and destroy them in their own malice; *the Lord our God will destroy them.