4They pour out their arrogant words,
they boast, all the evildoers.
5They crush your people, O Yahweh,
and afflict your heritage.
6They slay the widow and the sojourner,
and murder the fatherless;
7and they say, "Yahweh does not see;
the God of Jacob does not perceive."
8Understand, O dullest of the people!
Fools, when will you be wise?
9He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see? 10He who chastens the nations, does he not chastise? He who teaches men knowledge, 11Yahweh, knows the thoughts of man,
that they are but a breath.
12Blessed is the man whom you chasten, O Yahweh,
and whom you teach out of your law
13to give him respite from days of trouble,
until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14For Yahweh will not forsake his people;
he will not abandon his heritage;
15for justice will return to the righteous,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16Who rises up for me against the wicked?
Who stands up for me against evildoers?
17If Yahweh had not been my help,
my soul would soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
18When I thought, "My foot slips,"
your steadfast love, O Yahweh, held me up.
19When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.
20Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
who frame mischief by statute?
21They band together against the life of the righteous,
and condemn the innocent to death.
22But Yahweh has become my stronghold,
and my God the rock of my refuge.
23He will bring back on them their iniquity
and wipe them out for their wickedness;
Yahweh our God will wipe them out.
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