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Psalm 94

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The prophet, calling for justice, complains of tyranny and impiety.

94:1 Yahweh, you God to whom vengeance belongs,
you God to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth.

94:2 Rise up, you judge of the earth.
Pay back the proud what they deserve.

94:3 Yahweh, how long will the wicked,
how long will the wicked triumph?

94:4 They pour out arrogant words.
All the evildoers boast.

94:5 They break your people in pieces, Yahweh,
and afflict your heritage.

94:6 They kill the widow and the alien,
and murder the fatherless.

94:7 They say, “Yah will not see,
neither will Jacob’s God consider.”

He teaches God's providence.

94:8 Consider, you senseless among the people;
you fools, when will you be wise?

94:9 He who implanted the ear, won’t he hear?
He who formed the eye, won’t he see?

94:10 He who disciplines the nations, won’t he punish?
He who teaches man knows.

94:11 Yahweh knows the thoughts of man,
that they are futile.

He shews the blessedness of affliction.

94:12 Blessed is the man whom you discipline, Yah,
and teach out of your law;

94:13 that you may give him rest from the days of adversity,
until the pit is dug for the wicked.

94:14 For Yahweh won’t reject his people,
neither will he forsake his inheritance.

94:15 For judgment will return to righteousness.
All the upright in heart shall follow it.

God is the defender of the afflicted.

94:16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
Who will stand up for me against the evildoers?

94:17 Unless Yahweh had been my help,
my soul would have soon lived in silence.

94:18 When I said, “My foot is slipping!”
Your loving kindness, Yahweh, held me up.

94:19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me,
your comforts delight my soul.

94:20 Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with you,
which brings about mischief by statute?

94:21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous,
and condemn the innocent blood.

94:22 But Yahweh has been my high tower,
my God, the rock of my refuge.

94:23 He has brought on them their own iniquity,
and will cut them off in their own wickedness.
Yahweh, our God, will cut them off.

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