Elohim, to Whom vengeance belongs, Oh, EL
To whom vengeance belongs, shine forth
Lift Yourself up, oh, Shophet (Judge) of the Earth
Render punishment to the proud
How long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?
How long shall they utter and speak in arrogance?
And all the workers boast in themselves.
They break in pieces Your people
And afflict Your heritage.
They slay the widow and the ger (sojourner),
And murder the fatherless.
Yet they say, YAH shall not see,
Neither shall the Elohim of Yaakov regard it.
Understand you senseless among the people
And you fools, when will you be wise?
He that planted the ear: shall He not hear:
He that formed the eye: shall He not see?
He that chastises the nations:
Shall He not correct?
He that teaches man da'at (knowledge) , shall He not know?
Adonai knows the thoughts of man, that they are worthless.
Blessed is the man whom You chasten, Oh YAH
And whom You teach out of Your TORAH
That You may give him rest from the days of adversity
Until the pit is dug for the wicked.
For Adonai will not cast off His people
Neither will He forsake His inheritence
But mishpat (right ruling) shall return to tzedakah (righteousness)
And all the tzadik (righteous) in lev (heart) shall follow it
Who will rise up for me against the evil doers?
Or, who will stand up for me
Against the workers of iniquity?
Unless Adonai had been my Helper
My being had almost lived without answers.
When I said my foot slips, Your rachamim (mercies),
Oh Adonai, held me up
When anxious thoughts were within me
Your comforts deLighted my being
Shall the seat of iniquity have chavurah (fellowship) with You
They who framed evil by a decree?
They gather themselves together
Against the being of tzadikim (righteous ones)
And condemn the innocent dahm (blood).
But Adonai is my defense
And my Elohim is the ROCK of my refuge
And He shall bring upon them
Their own iniquity
And shall cut them off in their own wickedness
Yes, Adonai our Elohim shall cut them off.
released October 17, 2018
Words from the Hebrew Bible.
All music, mixing, and mastering by DeVora Cohen.