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Psalm 9 - 11

Yahweh Will Judge the World in Righteousness

For the choir director. Almuth-labben. A Psalm of David.

א  Aleph

I will give thanks to Yahweh with all my heart;
I will recount all Your wondrous deeds.

א  Aleph

I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

ב  Beth

When my enemies turn back,
They stumble and perish before You.
For You have maintained my justice and my cause;
You have sat on the throne judging righteously.

ג  Gimel

You have rebuked the nations, You have made the wicked perish;
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.

ה  He

The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins,
And You have uprooted the cities;
The very memory of them has perished.

ו  Vav

But Yahweh abides forever;
He has established His throne for judgment,

ו  Vav

And He will judge the world in righteousness;
He will render justice for the peoples with equity.

ו  Vav

Yahweh also will be a stronghold for the oppressed,
A stronghold in times of distress;

ו  Vav

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, O Yahweh, have not forsaken those who seek You.

ז  Zayin

Sing praises to Yahweh, who abides in Zion;
Declare among the peoples His acts.
For He who requires blood remembers them;
He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

ח  Heth

Be gracious to me, O Yahweh;
See my affliction from those who hate me,
You who lift me up from the gates of death,
That I may recount all Your praises,
That in the gates of the daughter of Zion
I may rejoice in Your salvation.

ט  Teth

The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.
Yahweh has made Himself known;
He has executed judgment.
In the work of his own hands the wicked is snared. Higgaion Selah.

י  Yodh

The wicked will return to Sheol,
Even all the nations who forget God.

כ  Kaph

For the needy will not always be forgotten,
Nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever.
Arise, O Yahweh, do not let man prevail;
Let the nations be judged before You.
Put them in fear, O Yahweh;
Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.

Do Not Forget the Afflicted

ל  Lamedh

Why do You stand afar off, O Yahweh?
Why do You hide Yourself in times of distress?
In his lofty pride the wicked hotly pursues the afflicted;
Let them be caught in the thoughts which they have devised.

For the wicked boasts of his soul’s desire,
And the greedy man curses and spurns Yahweh.
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him.
All his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

His ways prosper at all times;
Your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.
He says in his heart, “I will not be shaken;
From generation to generation I will not be in adversity.”

פ  Pe

His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.

ע  Ayin

He sits in the places of the villages where one lies in wait;
In the hiding places he kills the innocent;
His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.
He lies in wait in a hiding place as a lion in his lair;
He lies in wait to catch the afflicted;
He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.
He crouches, he bows down,
And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.
He says in his heart, “God has forgotten;
He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”

ק  Qoph

Arise, O Yahweh; O God, lift up Your hand.
Do not forget the afflicted.
Why has the wicked spurned God?
He has said in his heart, “You will not require it.”

ר  Resh

You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand.
The unfortunate commits himself to You;
You have been the helper of the orphan.

שׁ  Shin

Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,
Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

Yahweh is King forever and ever;
Nations have perished from His land.

ת  Tav

O Yahweh, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will strengthen their heart, You will cause Your ear to give heed
To give justice to the orphan and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.

Yahweh Is in His Holy Temple

For the choir director. Of David.

In Yahweh I take refuge;
How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain;
For, behold, the wicked bend the bow,
They make ready their arrow upon the string
To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”

Yahweh is in His holy temple; Yahweh’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
Yahweh tests the righteous,
But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
May He rain snares upon the wicked;
Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.
For Yahweh is righteous, He loves righteousness;
The upright will behold His face.