Amplified Bible

Psalm 94

The Lord Implored to Avenge His People.

1O Lord God, You to whom vengeance belongs,
O God, You to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth [in judgment]!

Rise up, O Judge of the earth;
Give to the proud a fitting compensation.

O Lord, how long will the wicked,
How long will the wicked rejoice in triumph?

They pour out words, speaking arrogant things;
All who do evil boast proudly.

They crush Your people, O Lord,
And afflict and abuse Your heritage.

[a]They kill the widow and the alien
And murder the fatherless.

Yet they say, “The Lord does not see,
Nor does the God of Jacob (Israel) notice it.”


Consider thoughtfully, you senseless (stupid ones) among the people;
And you [dull-minded] fools, when will you become wise and understand?

He who made the ear, does He not hear?
He who formed the eye, does He not see?
10 
He who instructs the nations,
Does He not rebuke and punish,
He who teaches man knowledge?
11 
The Lord knows the thoughts of man,
That they are a mere breath (vain, empty, futile).

12 
Blessed [with wisdom and prosperity] is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord,
And whom You teach from Your law,
13 
That You may grant him [power to calm himself and find] peace in the days of adversity,
Until the pit is dug for the wicked and ungodly.
14 
For the Lord will not abandon His people,
Nor will He abandon His inheritance.
15 
For judgment will again be righteous,
And all the upright in heart will follow it.
16 
Who will stand up for me against the evildoers?
Who will take a stand for me against those who do wickedness?

17 
If the Lord had not been my help,
I would soon have dwelt in [the land of] silence.
18 
If I say, “My foot has slipped,”
Your compassion and lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up.
19 
When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your comforts delight me.
20 
Can a throne of destruction be allied with You,
One which frames and devises mischief by decree [under the sacred name of law]?
21 
They band themselves together against the life of the righteous
And condemn the innocent to death.
22 
But the Lord has become my high tower and defense,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
23 
He has turned back their own wickedness upon them
And will destroy them by means of their own evil;
The Lord our God will wipe them out.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 94:6 Widows, resident aliens, and the fatherless were particularly vulnerable members of ancient society, since they often had little or no economic means. The wicked could easily take advantage of them. God in several Old Testament passages commanded Israel to care especially for these helpless members of society. See, for example, Deut 24:17-22; Ps 146:9; Is 1:17; Zech 7:9, 10.

New American Standard Bible

Psalm 94

The Lord Implored to Avenge His People.

1O Lord, God of [a]vengeance,
God of [b]vengeance, [c]shine forth!
Rise up, O Judge of the earth,
Render recompense to the proud.
How long shall the wicked, O Lord,
How long shall the wicked exult?
They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly;
All who do wickedness vaunt themselves.
They crush Your people, O Lord,
And afflict Your heritage.
They slay the widow and the [d]stranger
And murder the orphans.
They have said, “[e]The Lord does not see,
Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed.”

Pay heed, you senseless among the people;
And when will you understand, stupid ones?
He who planted the ear, [f]does He not hear?
He who formed the eye, [g]does He not see?
10 He who [h]chastens the nations, will He not rebuke,
Even He who teaches man knowledge?
11 The Lord knows the thoughts of man,
[i]That they are a mere breath.

12 Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O [j]Lord,
And whom You teach out of Your law;
13 That You may grant him relief from the days of adversity,
Until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not abandon His people,
Nor will He forsake His inheritance.
15 For [k]judgment [l]will again be righteous,
And all the upright in heart [m]will follow it.
16 Who will stand up for me against evildoers?
Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?

17 If the Lord had not been my help,
My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.
18 If I should say, “My foot has slipped,”
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up.
19 When my anxious thoughts [n]multiply within me,
Your consolations delight my soul.
20 Can a [o]throne of destruction be allied with You,
One which devises [p]mischief by decree?
21 They band themselves together against the [q]life of the righteous
And condemn [r]the innocent to death.
22 But the Lord has been my stronghold,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
23 He has brought back their wickedness upon them
And will [s]destroy them in their evil;
The Lord our God will [t]destroy them.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 94:1 Or avenging acts
  2. Psalm 94:1 Or avenging acts
  3. Psalm 94:1 Or has shone forth
  4. Psalm 94:6 Or sojourner
  5. Psalm 94:7 Heb Yah
  6. Psalm 94:9 Or can
  7. Psalm 94:9 Or can
  8. Psalm 94:10 Or instructs
  9. Psalm 94:11 Or For
  10. Psalm 94:12 Heb Yah
  11. Psalm 94:15 I.e. administration of justice
  12. Psalm 94:15 Lit will return to righteousness
  13. Psalm 94:15 Lit will be after it
  14. Psalm 94:19 Or are many
  15. Psalm 94:20 Or tribunal
  16. Psalm 94:20 Or trouble, misfortune
  17. Psalm 94:21 Or soul
  18. Psalm 94:21 Lit innocent blood
  19. Psalm 94:23 Or silence
  20. Psalm 94:23 Or silence