The Lord Will Not Forsake His People
O LORD God, a to whom vengeance belongs -
O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth!
Rise up, O b Judge of the earth;
Render punishment to the proud.
LORD, c how long will the wicked,
How long will the wicked triumph?
They d utter speech, and speak insolent things;
All the workers of iniquity boast in themselves.
They break in pieces Your people, O LORD,
And afflict Your heritage.
They slay the widow and the stranger,
And murder the fatherless.
e Yet they say, "The LORD does not see,
Nor does the God of Jacob understand."
Understand, you senseless among the people;
And you fools, when will you be wise?
f He who planted the ear, shall He not hear?
He who formed the eye, shall He not see?
He who instructs the nations, shall He not correct,
He who teaches man knowledge?
The LORD g knows the thoughts of man,
That they are futile.
Blessed is the man whom You h instruct, O LORD,
And teach out of Your law,
That You may give him rest from the days of adversity,
Until the pit is dug for the wicked.
For the LORD will not cast off His people,
Nor will He forsake His inheritance.
But judgment will return to righteousness,
And all the upright in heart will follow it.
Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
Unless the LORD had been my help,
My soul would soon have settled in silence.
If I say, "My foot slips,"
Your mercy, O LORD, will hold me up.
In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
Shall i the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law,
Have fellowship with You?
They gather together against the life of the righteous,
And condemn j innocent blood.
But the LORD has been my defense,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
He has brought on them their own iniquity,
And shall cut them off in their own wickedness;
The LORD our God shall cut them off.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.
Say to those who are fearful-hearted, "Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.
God is jealous, and the LORD avenges; The LORD avenges and is furious. The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies.
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
"Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment?
Let the lying lips be put to silence, Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
And you say, 'What does God know? Can He judge through the deep darkness?
He has said in his heart, "God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see.
So the LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made them both.
For He knows deceitful men; He sees wickedness also. Will He not then consider it?
1 Corinthians 3:20
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Woe to you who put far off the day of doom, Who cause the seat of violence to come near.
Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked.
And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with blood.
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
Saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? You see to it!