King James Version

Psalm 94

1O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.

Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.

Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?

How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

They break in pieces thy people, O Lord, and afflict thine heritage.

They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.

Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.

Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?

He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

10 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?

11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law;

13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.

14 For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.

15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

17 Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.

18 When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.

19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

22 But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

23 And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 94

Psalm 94

The Lord is a God who punishes.
    Since you are the one who punishes, come and show your anger.
Judge of the earth, rise up.
    Pay back proud people for what they have done.
Lord, how long will those who are evil be glad?
    How long will they be full of joy?

Proud words pour out of their mouths.
    All those who do evil are always bragging.
Lord, they crush your people.
    They treat badly those who belong to you.
They kill outsiders. They kill widows.
    They murder children whose fathers have died.
They say, “The Lord doesn’t see what’s happening.
    The God of Jacob doesn’t pay any attention to it.”

You who aren’t wise, pay attention.
    You foolish people, when will you become wise?
Does he who made the ear not hear?
    Does he who formed the eye not see?
10 Does he who corrects nations not punish?
    Does he who teaches human beings not know anything?
11 The Lord knows what people think.
    He knows that their thoughts don’t amount to anything.

12 Lord, blessed is the person you correct.
    Blessed is the person you teach from your law.
13 You give them rest from times of trouble,
    until a pit is dug to trap sinners.
14 The Lord won’t say no to his people.
    He will never desert those who belong to him.
15 He will again judge people in keeping with what is right.
    All those who have honest hearts will follow the right way.

16 Who will rise up for me against sinful people?
    Who will stand up for me against those who do evil?
17 Suppose the Lord had not helped me.
    Then I would soon have been lying quietly in the grave.
18 I said, “My foot is slipping.”
    But Lord, your faithful love kept me from falling.
19 I was very worried.
    But your comfort brought me joy.

20 Can you have anything to do with rulers who aren’t fair?
    Can those who make laws that cause suffering be friends of yours?
21 Evil people join together against those who do what is right.
    They sentence to death those who aren’t guilty of doing anything wrong.
22 But the Lord has become like a fort to me.
    My God is my rock. I go to him for safety.
23 He will pay them back for their sins.
    He will destroy them for their evil acts.
    The Lord our God will destroy them.