7The way of the righteous is level;
you make smooth the path of the righteous.
8In the path of your judgments,
O Yahweh, we wait for you;
your memorial name
is the desire of our soul.
9My soul yearns for you in the night,
my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.
For when your judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
10If favour is shown to the wicked,
he does not learn righteousness;
in the land of uprightness he deals perversely
and does not see the majesty of Yahweh.
11 O Yahweh, your hand is lifted up,
but they see it not.
Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed.
Let the fire for your adversaries consume them.
12 O Yahweh, you will ordain peace for us,
you have wrought for us all our works.
13 O Yahweh our God,
other lords besides you have ruled over us,
but your name alone we acknowledge.
14They are dead, they will not live;
they are shades, they will not arise;
to that end you have visited them with destruction
and wiped out all remembrance of them.
15But you have increased the nation, O Yahweh,
you have increased the nation;
you are glorified;
you have enlarged all the borders of the land.
16 O Yahweh, in distress they sought you,
they poured out a prayer
when your chastening was upon them.
17Like a woman with child,
who writhes and cries out in her pangs,
when she is near her time,
so were we because of you, O Yahweh;
18we were with child, we writhed,
we have as it were brought forth wind.
We have wrought no deliverance in the earth,
and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen.
19Your dead shall live, their bodies shall rise.
O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy!
For your dew is a dew of light,
and on the land of the shades you will let it fall.
20Come, my people, enter your chambers,
and shut your doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
until the wrath is past.
21For behold, Yahweh is coming forth out of his place
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity,
and the earth will disclose the blood shed upon her,
and will no more cover her slain.
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