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

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.