Portions adapted by Julie Tennent from the 1650 Scottish Metrical Psalter
1O Lord God, unto whom alone all vengeance does belong;
O God who does avenge, shine forth, and do avenge all wrong.
2Rise up, O Judge of all the earth, pay to the proud their due;
3How long will wicked ones, O Lord, exalt their ways o’er You?
4How long will they pour out their words of arrogance and spite?
For they are full of boasting and of evil day and night.
5Your people they do crush, O Lord; Your heritage oppress;
6They slay the widows, strangers, too; and kill the fatherless.
7Yet they say, “The Lord does not see; nor God of Jacob know.”
8Take heed, you senseless – you are fools! When will your wisdom grow?
9Does He who plants the ear not hear? Who formed the eye not see?
10Does He who nations disciplines not punish rightfully?
Does He who teaches man not have all knowledge man could gain?
11The Lord knows all the thoughts of man; He knows that they are vain.
12Bless’d is the man You discipline, whom You teach from Your law;
13You grant him rest from trouble till the wicked in pits fall.
14The Lord will not reject His own, whom wicked are against;
And He will surely not forsake His own inheritance.
15For judgment will again be true – founded on righteousness.
And upright ones shall follow it – who walk in uprightness.
16Who will rise up for me against those that do wickedly?
Who will stand up for me ‘gainst those that work iniquity?
17Unless the Lord had been my help when I was sore oppressed,
I would have dwelt within the place of silence – had no rest.
18When I said, “Lord, my foot’s unsure; It’s slipping fast away.”
Your lovingkindness held me, Lord; Your mercy did me stay.
19Amidst anxiety of thoughts which in my heart do fight,
Your consolation brought to me great joy and great delight.
20Can thrones which are corrupted be allied, O Lord, with Thee?
Those ones that bring on misery by that which they decree?
21Against the righteous souls they join, and innocent condemn;
22But God has been my Fortress, Rock, and my defense from them.
23On them their own iniquity the Lord shall on them lay;
He’ll cut them off in their own sin – our Lord God shall them slay.