Psalm 94

1Lord, you are a God that punishes people. You are a God who comes and brings punishment to people. 2You are the judge of the whole earth. Give proud people the punishment they deserve. 3Lord, how long will wicked people have their fun? How much longer, Lord? 4How much longer will those criminals brag about the bad things they did? 5Lord, they hurt your people. They made your people suffer. 6Those bad people kill widows and foreigners living in our country. They murder children that have no parents. 7And they say the Lord does not see them doing those bad things! They say the God of Israel doesn’t know what is happening. 8You bad people are foolish. When will you learn your lesson? You evil people are so stupid! You must try to understand. 9God made our ears, so surely he ˻has ears too, and˼ can hear what is happening! God made our eyes, so surely he ˻has eyes too, and˼ can see what is happening! 10God will discipline those people. God will teach people what they should do. 11God knows what people are thinking. God knows people are like a puff of wind. 12The man that the Lord disciplines will be very happy. God will teach that person the right way of living. 13God, you will help that person stay calm when trouble comes. You will help him stay calm until the evil people are put in their grave. 14The Lord will not leave his people. He will not leave them without help. 15Justice will return, and it will bring fairness. And then there will be good, honest people. 16No person helped me fight against the evil people. No person stood with me to fight against the people who do bad things. 17And if the Lord had not helped me, I would have been silenced by death. 18I know I was ready to fall, but the Lord supported his follower. 19I was very worried and upset. But Lord, you comforted me and made me happy! 20God, you don’t help crooked judges. Those bad judges use the law to make life hard for the people. 21Those judges attack good people. They say that innocent people are guilty and kill them. 22But the Lord is my place of safety high on the mountain. God my Rock, is my safe place! 23God will punish those evil judges for the bad things they did. God will destroy them because they sinned. The Lord our God will destroy those evil judges.

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