94:1 O Lord, the God who avenges!
O God who avenges, reveal your splendor!2
94:2 Rise up, O judge of the earth!
Pay back the proud!
94:3 O Lord, how long will the wicked,
how long will the wicked celebrate?3
94:4 They spew out threats4 and speak defiantly;
all the evildoers boast.5
94:5 O Lord, they crush your people;
they oppress the nation that belongs to you.6
94:6 They kill the widow and the one residing outside his native land,
and they murder the fatherless.7
94:7 Then they say, “The Lord does not see this;
the God of Jacob does not take notice of it.”8
94:8 Take notice of this,9 you ignorant people!10
You fools, when will you ever understand?
94:9 Does the one who makes the human ear not hear?
Does the one who forms the human eye not see?11
94:10 Does the one who disciplines the nations not punish?
He is the one who imparts knowledge to human beings!
94:11 The Lord knows that
peoples’ thoughts are morally bankrupt.12
94:12 How blessed is the one13 whom you instruct, O Lord,
the one whom you teach from your law,
94:13 in order to protect him from times of trouble,14
until the wicked are destroyed.15
94:14 Certainly16 the Lord does not forsake his people;
he does not abandon the nation that belongs to him.17
94:15 For justice will prevail,18
and all the morally upright19 will be vindicated.20
94:16 Who will rise up to defend me21 against the wicked?
Who will stand up for me against the evildoers?22
94:17 If the Lord had not helped me,
I would have laid down in the silence of death.23
94:18 If I say, “My foot is slipping,”
your loyal love, O Lord, supports me.
94:19 When worries threaten to overwhelm me,24
your soothing touch makes me happy.25
94:20 Cruel rulers26 are not your allies,
those who make oppressive laws.27
94:21 They conspire against28 the blameless,29
and condemn to death the innocent.30
94:22 But the Lord will protect me,31
and my God will shelter me.32
94:23 He will pay them back for their sin.33
He will destroy them because of34 their evil;
the Lord our God will destroy them.