1 O Jehovah, thou God to whom vengeance belongeth,
Thou God to whom vengeance belongeth, shine forth.
2 Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth:
Render to the proud their desert.
3 Jehovah, how long shall the wicked,
How long shall the wicked triumph ?
4 They prate, they speak arrogantly:
All the workers of iniquity boast themselves.
5 They break in pieces thy people, O Jehovah,
And afflict thy heritage.
6 They slay the widow and the sojourner,
And murder the fatherless.
General Subject. Of the Jewish nation. It destroyed the church. P. P.
1, 2. O that judgment may be executed upon them! P. P.
3-11. Because that nation has destroyed the church, neither does it fear God, although He sees all things. P. P.
6 By father in the genuine sense is signified good, and in the supreme sense the Lord. A. 3703.
7 And they say, Jehovah will not see,
Neither will the God of Jacob consider.
8 Consider, ye brutish among the people;
And ye fools, when will ye be wise ?
9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear?
He that formed the eye, shall he not see ?
10 He that chastiseth the nations, shall not he correct,
Even he that teacheth man knowledge ?
7 The God of Jacob is the Lord. A. 3305.
11Jehovah knoweth the thoughts of man,
That they are vanity.
12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Jehovah,
And teachest 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 Jehovah will not cast off his people,
Neither will he forsake his inheritance.
15 For judgment shall return unto righteousness;
And all the upright in heart shall follow it.
16 Who will rise up for me against the evil-doers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17 Unless Jehovah had been my help,
My soul had soon dwelt in silence.
18 When I said, My foot slippeth;
Thy lovingkindness, O Jehovah, held me up.
19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me
Thy comforts delight my soul.
20 Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with
Which frameth mischief by statute ?
12-15. For the sake of the church the Lord will come to judge. P. P.
16-19. The Divine of the Lord gives help against the evil, and in temptation. P. P.
21 They gather themselves together against the soul of
And condemn the innocent blood.
20, 21. The evil rise up and wish to kill. P. P.
21 The good which is without blame and evil in the external man, that is exterior good, is called just (righteous). A. 9262.
22 But Jehovah hath been my high tower,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
22 By rock throughout the Word the Divine truth is understood. Inv. 35.
23 And he hath brought upon them their own iniquity,
And will cut them off in their own wickedness;
Jehovah our God will cut them off.
22, 23. But through help from His Divine they will perish. P. P.
Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)