Psalm 94

The Lord Will Not Forsake His People

1 O Lord, God of p vengeance,
O God of vengeance, q shine forth!
2 r Rise up, O s judge of the earth;
repay to the t proud what they deserve!
3 O Lord, u how long shall the wicked,
how long shall v the wicked exult?
4 They pour out their w arrogant words;
all x the evildoers boast.
5 They y crush your people, O Lord,
and afflict your heritage.
6 They kill z the widow and the sojourner,
and murder z the fatherless;
7 a and they say, "The Lord does not see;
the God of Jacob does not perceive."

8 b Understand, O dullest of the people!
Fools, when will you be wise?
9 c He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
He who formed the eye, does he not see?
10 He who d disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke?
He who e teaches man knowledge -
11 f the Lord - knows the thoughts of man,
that they are g but a breath. 1

12 h Blessed is the man whom you i discipline, O Lord,
and whom you teach out of your law,
13 to give him j rest from k days of trouble,
until l a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 m For the Lord will not forsake his n people;
he will not abandon his n heritage;
15 for o justice will return to the righteous,
and all the upright in heart will p follow it.

16 q Who rises up for me against the wicked?
Who stands up for me against evildoers?
17 r If the Lord had not been my help,
my soul would soon have lived in the land of s silence.
18 When I thought, t "My foot slips,"
your steadfast love, O Lord, u held me up.
19 When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.
20 Can w wicked rulers be allied with you,
those who frame injustice by x statute?
21 They y band together against the life of the righteous
and condemn z the innocent to death. 2
22 But the Lord has become my a stronghold,
and my God b the rock of my c refuge.
23 He will bring back on them d their iniquity
and e wipe them out for their wickedness;
the Lord our God will wipe them out.

  1. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:35
    Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time...
    Deuteronomy 32:41
    If I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand take...
    Deuteronomy 32:43
    "Rejoice with him, O heavens; bow down to him, ...
    Isaiah 35:4
    Say to those who have an anxious heart, "Be str...
    Jeremiah 51:56
    For a destroyer has come upon her, upon Babylon...
    Nahum 1:2
    The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lor...
    Romans 12:19
    Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it ...
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 50:2
    Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 7:6
    Arise, O Lord, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 58:11
    Mankind will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.
  5. Cross References
    Luke 1:51
    He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
  6. Cross References
    Revelation 6:10
    They cried out with a loud voice, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?
    Psalms 74:10
    How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever?
  7. Cross References
    Job 20:5
    That the exulting of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment?
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 31:18
    Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.
    1 Samuel 2:3
    Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
    Jude 1:15
    To execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 92:7
    That though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever.
    Psalms 92:9
    For behold, your enemies, O Lord, for behold, your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered.
    Psalms 125:5
    But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!
  10. Cross References
    Proverbs 22:22
    Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate.
    Isaiah 3:15
    What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor?" declares the Lord God of hosts.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 10:2
    To turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!
  12. Cross References
    Isaiah 10:2
    To turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!
  13. Cross References
    Job 22:13
    But you say, 'What does God know? Can he judge through the deep darkness?
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 49:10
    For he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others.
  15. Cross References
    Exodus 4:11
    Then the Lord said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord ?
    Proverbs 20:12
    The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both.
  16. Cross References
    Job 12:23
    He makes nations great, and he destroys them; he enlarges nations, and leads them away.
  17. Cross References
    Job 35:11
    Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?
  18. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 3:20
    And again, "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 30:5
    For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
    Psalms 30:11
    You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.
  20. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:11 - 12
    My son, do not despise the Lord 's discipline or be weary of his reproof.
    Hebrews 12:5 - 6
    And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.
    Job 5:17
    Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.
  21. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 8:5
    Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.
    1 Corinthians 11:32
    But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
  22. Cross References
    Job 34:29
    When he is quiet, who can condemn? When he hides his face, who can behold him, whether it be a nation or a man? -
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 49:5
    Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 55:23
    But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.
  25. Cross References
    1 Samuel 12:22
    For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself.
    Romans 11:2
    God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?
  26. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:9
    But the Lord 's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.
  27. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:9
    But the Lord 's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.
  28. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:3
    A bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.
  29. Cross References
    1 Samuel 12:14
    If you will fear the Lord and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the Lord your God, it will be well.
    1 Kings 14:8
    And tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, and yet you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commandments and followed me with all his heart, doing only that which was right in my eyes.
  30. Cross References
    Psalms 12:5
    "Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise," says the Lord ; "I will place him in the safety for which he longs."
  31. Cross References
    Psalms 124:1 - 2
    If it had not been the Lord who was on our side - let Israel now say -
  32. Cross References
    Psalms 31:17
    O Lord, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol.
  33. Cross References
    Psalms 38:16
    For I said, "Only let them not rejoice over me, who boast against me when my foot slips!
    Psalms 73:2
    But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.
  34. Cross References
    Psalms 20:2
    May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!
  35. Cross References
    Amos 6:3
    O you who put far away the day of disaster and bring near the seat of violence?
  36. Cross References
    Psalms 50:16
    But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?
    Psalms 58:2
    No, in your hearts you devise wrongs; your hands deal out violence on earth.
    Isaiah 10:1
    Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression.
  37. Cross References
    Matthew 27:1
    When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
  38. Cross References
    Matthew 27:4
    Saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." They said, "What is that to us? See to it yourself.
  39. Cross References
    Psalms 9:9
    The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
  40. Cross References
    Psalms 18:2
    The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
  41. Cross References
    Psalms 14:6
    You would shame the plans of the poor, but the Lord is his refuge.
  42. Cross References
    Psalms 7:16
    His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.
    Psalms 34:21
    Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
    Proverbs 2:22
    But the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.
  43. Cross References
    Psalms 92:9
    For behold, your enemies, O Lord, for behold, your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered.
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