Evil will turn on evil people
God, it’s payback time1 LORD God who settles scores.
Come God and get it done.
2 All rise for the Judge of the Earth.
It’s payback time for the proud.
3 The wicked, Lord, how long?
How long will the wicked get away with it?
4 They hammer us with arrogance
And brag about cheating justice.
5 They knock your people over
And kick them while they’re down.
6 They kill helpless widows and immigrants.
They murder orphans, too.
7 They say, “The LORD’s not looking.
Jacob’s God wouldn’t bother with this.”
Wise up you slow learners8 Listen to me, all you slow learners.
Are you ever going to wise up?
9 What makes you think
The Creator of the ear can’t hear?
Or the Creator of the eye can’t see?
10 What makes you think
The one who dishes out discipline to nations
Won’t discipline individuals, too?
11 The LORD knows what we’re thinking.
He knows the bluster of our thoughts
Is a fleeting belch in the wind.
It’s smart to listen to God12 LORD, the discipline and direction you give
Is a blessing to those who accept it.
So is the guidance you give in your laws.
13 This helps people through the hard times
Until wicked folks get the hole in the ground they deserve.
14 The LORD won’t give up on his people.
He won’t turn his back and walk away.
15 Justice will make a big comeback.
And all good people will rally to the cause.
Where’s my lawyer?16 Who will fight for me
Against people taking advantage of me?
Who will represent me in court
And fight the injustice?
17 If it hadn’t been for the LORD,
I’d be dead and silent in the grave.
18 Just when I think it’s all over,
You’re right there for me, LORD,
Faithful as can be.
19 When worries get the best of me
You come to calm me down
And get me smiling once again.
Corruption Ltd20 Would you accept corruption as your partner
And laws engineered to exploit, abuse, and mislead?
21 There’s a godless gang that targets good people
And drives the innocent into early graves.
22 The LORD is my safe house.
My home is built on God, the solid rock.
23 God will use their injustice
To teach them a lesson in justice.
The evil things they’ve done
Will turn on them and destroy them.
The LORD our God will see to it.
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