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¶ O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs, O God, to whom vengeance belongs, show thyself.
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Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth;
render a reward to the proud.
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LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked boast?
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They shall utter and speak unjust things;
they shall speak all kinds of evil things.
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For they have humbled thy people, O LORD, and subdued thine heritage.
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They slay the widow and the innocent, and murder the fatherless.
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Yet they say, The LORD does not see, neither does the God of Jacob regard it.
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Understand, you stupid among the people and you fools, when will you be wise?
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He who planted the ear, shall he not hear?
He who formed the eye, shall he not see?
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He who chastises the nations, shall not he rebuke?
He who teaches man knowledge, shall he not know?
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The LORD knows the thoughts of man;
they are like a breath.
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Blessed is the man whom thou dost chasten, O LORD, and teachest out of thy law;
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That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
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For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
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For judgment shall return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart shall follow it.
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Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
or who will stand up against the workers of iniquity?
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Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul would soon have been in trouble.
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When I said, My foot slips, thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.
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In the multitude of my sorrows, within my heart thy comforts delight my soul.
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Evil rulers shall not have fellowship with thee, for they have framed mischief against thy law.
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They lay snares to trap the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
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But the LORD is my defense;
and my God is the rock of my refuge.
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And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall silence them in their own wickedness;
yea, the LORD our God shall silence them.