Words: Brady and Tate, A New Version of the Psalms of David
1,2 O God, to whom revenge belongs, thy vengeance now disclose; Arise, thou Judge of all the earth, and crush thy haughty foes. 3,4 How long, O Lord, shall sinful men their solemn triumphs make? How long their wicked actions boast, and insolently speak. 5,6 Not only they thy saints,oppress, but unprovoked they spill The widow's and the strangers blood, and helpless orphans kill. 7 "And yet the Lord shall ne'er perceive," (profanely thus they speak,) Nor any notice of our deeds the God of Jacob take." 8 At length, ye stupid fools, your wants endeavor to discern; In folly will you still proceed, and wisdom never learn? 9,10 Can he be deaf, who formed the ear? or blind, who framed the eye? Shall earth's great Judge not punish those who his known will defy? 11 He fathoms all the thoughts of men, to him their hearts lie bare; His eye surveys them all, and sees how vain their counsels are. The Second Part. 12 Blessed is the man, whom thou, O Lord, in kindness dost.chastise, And by thy sacred rules to walk dost lovingly advise. 13 This man shall rest and safety find in seasons of distress, Whilst God prepares a pit for those that stubbornly transgress. 14 For God will never from his saints his favor wholly take; His own possession and his lot he will not quite forsake. 15 The world shall then confess thee just in all that thou hast done; And those that choose thy upright ways shall in those paths go on. 16 Who will appear in my behalf when wicked men invade? Or who, when sinners would oppress, my righteous cause shall plead? 17,18,19 Long since had I in silence slept, but that the Lord was near, To stay me when I slipped: when sad, my troubled heart to cheer. 20 Wilt thou, who art a God most just, their sinful throne sustain, Who make the law a fair pretence their wicked ends to gain? 21 Against the lives of righteous men they form their close design; And, blood of innocents to spill, in solemn league combine. 22 But my defense is firmly placed in God the Lord most high; He is my rock, to which I may for refuge always fly. 23 The Lord shall cause their ill designs on their own heads to fall; He in their sins shall cut them off, our God shall slay them all.