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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book IV
Jehovah Implored to Avenge His People
[1]  O JEHOVAH, thou God to whom vengeance belongeth,
Thou God to whom vengeance belongeth, shine forth.
[2]  Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth:
Render to the proud their desert.
[3]  Jehovah, how long shall the wicked,
How long shall the wicked triumph?
[4]  They prate, they speak arrogantly:
All the workers of iniquity boast themselves.
[5]  They break in pieces thy people, O Jehovah,
And afflict thy heritage.
[6]  They slay the widow and the sojourner,
And murder the fatherless.
[7]  And they say, Jehovah 1 will not see,
Neither will the God of Jacob consider.
[8]  Consider, ye brutish among the people;
And ye fools, when will ye be wise?
[9]  He that planted the ear, shall he not hear?
He that formed the eye, shall he not see?
[10]  He that chastiseth 2 the nations, shall not he correct,
Even he that teacheth man knowledge?
[11]  Jehovah knoweth the thoughts of man,
That 3 they are vanity.  4
[12]  Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Jehovah, 5
And teachest out of thy law;
[13]  That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity,
Until the pit be digged for the wicked.
[14]  For Jehovah will not cast off his people,
Neither will he forsake his inheritance.
[15]  For judgment shall return unto righteousness;
And all the upright in heart shall follow it.
[16]  Who will rise up for me against the evil-doers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
[17]  Unless Jehovah had been my help,
My soul had soon dwelt in silence.
[18]  When I said, My foot slippeth;
Thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah, held me up.
[19]  In the multitude of my thoughts 6 within me
Thy comforts delight my soul.
[20]  Shall the throne 7 of wickedness have fellowship with thee,
Which frameth mischief by statute?
[21]  They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous,
And condemn the innocent blood.
[22]  But Jehovah hath been my high tower,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
[23]  And he hath brought upon them their own iniquity,
And will cut them off in their own wickedness;
Jehovah our God will cut them off.
Note 1. Heb. Jah. [back]
Note 2. Or, instructeth. [back]
Note 3. Or, For. [back]
Note 4. Heb. a breath. [back]
Note 5. Heb. Jah. [back]
Note 6. Or, doubts. [back]
Note 7. Or, seat. [back]


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