1 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs; O God, to whom vengeance belongs, show yourself.2 Lift up yourself, you judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?5 They break in pieces your people, O LORD, and afflict your heritage.6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.7 Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.8 Understand, you brutish among the people: and you fools, when will you be wise?9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?10 He that chastises the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teaches man knowledge, shall not he know?11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.12 Blessed is the man whom you chasten, O LORD, and teach him out of your law;13 That you may give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be dig for the wicked.14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.15 But judgment shall return to righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?17 Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelled in silence.18 When I said, My foot slips; your mercy, O LORD, held me up.19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me your comforts delight my soul.20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames mischief by a law?21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.22 But the LORD is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge.23 And he shall bring on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yes, the LORD our God shall cut them off.