If God puts no trust in His holy ones and the heavens are not pure in His sight,
For You are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil cannot lodge with You.
The boastful cannot stand in Your presence; You hate all evildoers.
The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD's throne is in heaven. His eyes watch; He examines everyone.
The LORD examines the righteous and the wicked. He hates the lover of violence.
He will rain burning coals and sulfur on the wicked; a scorching wind will be their portion.
For the LORD is righteous; He loves righteous deeds. The upright will see His face.
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry for help.
The face of the LORD is set against those who do what is evil, to erase all memory of them from the earth.
but, as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct;
for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.
LORD, why do You stand so far away? Why do You hide in times of trouble?
In arrogance the wicked relentlessly pursue the afflicted; let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
Break the arm of the wicked and evil person; call his wickedness into account until nothing remains of it.
For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
You will be righteous, LORD, even if I bring a case against You. Yet, I wish to contend with You: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? [Why] do the treacherous live at ease?
You planted them, and they have taken root. They have grown and produced fruit. You are ever on their lips, but far from their conscience.
A troubling vision is declared to me: "The treacherous one acts treacherously, and the destroyer destroys. Advance, Elam! Lay siege, you Medes! I will put an end to all her groaning."
Woe, you destroyer never destroyed, you traitor never betrayed! When you have finished destroying, you will be destroyed. When you have finished betraying, they will betray you.
If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father's house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this."
You saw it, LORD; do not be silent. Lord, do not be far from me.
Our God is coming; He will not be silent! Devouring fire precedes Him, and a storm rages around Him.
You have done these things, and I kept silent; you thought I was just like you. But I will rebuke you and lay out the case before you.
[A song. A psalm of Asaph.] God, do not keep silent. Do not be deaf, God; do not be idle.
Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed.
Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.
LORD, after all this, will You restrain Yourself? Will You keep silent and afflict severely?
Why do You force me to look at injustice? Why do You tolerate wrongdoing? Oppression and violence are right in front of me. Strife is ongoing, and conflict escalates.
This is why the law is ineffective and justice never emerges. For the wicked restrict the righteous; therefore, justice comes out perverted.
How much more when wicked men kill a righteous man in his own house on his own bed! So now, should I not require his blood from your hands and wipe you off the earth?"
The LORD will bring back his own blood on his own head because he struck down two men more righteous and better than he, without my father David's knowledge. With his sword, Joab murdered Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel's army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah's army.
The wicked schemes against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him.
The Lord laughs at him because He sees that his day is coming.
The wicked have drawn the sword and strung the bow to bring down the afflicted and needy and to slaughter those whose way is upright.
Their swords will enter their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.
[For the choir director: according to "A Silent Dove Far Away." A Davidic Miktam. When the Philistines seized him in Gath.] Be gracious to me, God, for man tramples me; he fights and oppresses me all day long.
My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me.
Though He was delivered up according to God's determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.
But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked to have a murderer given to you.
And you killed the source of life, whom God raised from the dead; we are witnesses of this.