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Psalm 94 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Lord Will Not Forsake His People

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:1 - O LORD, God of vengeance,
O God of vengeance, shine forth!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:2 - Rise up, O judge of the earth;
repay to the proud what they deserve!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:3 - O LORD, how long shall the wicked,
how long shall the wicked exult?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:4 - They pour out their arrogant words;
all the evildoers boast.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:5 - They crush your people, O LORD,
and afflict your heritage.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:6 - They kill the widow and the sojourner,
and murder the fatherless;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:7 - and they say, “The LORD does not see;
the God of Jacob does not perceive.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:8 - Understand, O dullest of the people!
Fools, when will you be wise?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:9 - He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
He who formed the eye, does he not see?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:10 - He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke?
He who teaches man knowledge—
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:11 - the LORD—knows the thoughts of man,
that they are but a breath.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:12 - Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD,
and whom you teach out of your law,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:13 - to give him rest from days of trouble,
until a pit is dug for the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:14 - For the LORD will not forsake his people;
he will not abandon his heritage;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:15 - for justice will return to the righteous,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:16 - Who rises up for me against the wicked?
Who stands up for me against evildoers?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:17 - If the LORD had not been my help,
my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:18 - When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:19 - When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:20 - Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
those who frame[fn] injustice by statute?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:21 - They band together against the life of the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:22 - But the LORD has become my stronghold,
and my God the rock of my refuge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 94:23 - He will bring back on them their iniquity
and wipe them out for their wickedness;
the LORD our God will wipe them out.
ESV Footnotes
Septuagint they are futile
Or fashion
Hebrew condemn innocent blood

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