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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 9—10

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Thanksgiving for Victory and Prayer for Justice

1For the leader; according to Muth Labben.* A psalm of David.

A

I

2I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds. 3I will delight and rejoice in you; I will sing hymns to your name, Most High. 4For my enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.

II

5You upheld my right and my cause, seated on your throne, judging justly. 6You rebuked the nations, you destroyed the wicked; their name you blotted out for all time. b Jb 18, 17 . 7The enemies have been ruined forever; you destroyed their cities; their memory has perished.

III

8The LORD rules forever, has set up a throne for judgment. 9It is God who governs the world with justice, c Pss 96, 10; 98, 9 . who judges the peoples with fairness. 10The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. d Ps 37, 39; Is 25, 4 . 11Those who honor your name trust in you; you never forsake those who seek you, LORD.

IV

12Sing hymns to the LORD enthroned on Zion; proclaim God's deeds among the nations! 13For the avenger of bloodshed remembers, does not forget the cry of the afflicted. e Jb 16, 18 .

V

14Have mercy on me, LORD; see how my foes afflict me! You alone can raise me from the gates of death. f Wis 16, 13 . 15Then I will declare all your praises, sing joyously of your salvation in the gates of daughter Zion.*

VI

16The nations fall into the pit they dig; in the snare they hide, their own foot is caught. 17The LORD is revealed in this divine rule: by the deeds they do the wicked are trapped. g Sir 27, 26 . *  Higgaion. Selah

VII

18To Sheol the wicked will depart, all the nations that forget God. 19The needy will never be forgotten, nor will the hope of the afflicted ever fade. h Prv 23, 18 . 20Arise, LORD, let no mortal prevail; let the nations be judged in your presence. 21Strike them with terror, LORD; show the nations they are mere mortals.   Selah

B I

1Why, LORD, do you stand at a distance and pay no heed to these troubled times? 2Arrogant scoundrels pursue the poor; they trap them by their cunning schemes. i Is 32, 7 .

II

3The wicked even boast of their greed; these robbers curse and scorn the LORD. j Ps 36, 2 . 4In their insolence the wicked boast: “God doesn't care, doesn't even exist.” k Ps 14, 1; Jb 22, 13; Is 29, 15; Jer 5, 12; Zep 1, 12 . 5Yet their affairs always succeed; they ignore your judgment on high; they sneer at all who oppose them. 6They say in their hearts, “We will never fall; never will we see misfortune.” 7Their mouths are full of oaths, violence, and lies; discord and evil are under their tongues. l Is 32, 7; Rom 3, 14 . 8They wait in ambush near towns; their eyes watch for the helpless, to murder the innocent in secret. m Ps 11, 2; Jb 24, 14 . 9They lurk in ambush like lions in a thicket, hide there to trap the poor, snare them and close the net. n Ps 17, 12; Prv 1, 11; Jer 5, 26 . 10The helpless are crushed, laid low; they fall into the power of the wicked, 11Who say in their hearts, “God pays no attention, shows no concern, never bothers to look.” o Pss 44, 25; 64, 6; 73, 11; 94, 7; Ez 9, 9 .

III

12Rise up, LORD God! Raise your arm! Do not forget the poor! 13Why should the wicked scorn God, say in their hearts, “God doesn't care”? 14But you do see; you do observe this misery and sorrow; p Pss 31, 8; 56, 9; 2 Kgs 20, 5; Is 25, 8; Rv 7, 17 . you take the matter in hand. To you the helpless can entrust their cause; you are the defender of orphans. q Ex 22, 21–22 . 15Break the arms of the wicked and depraved; make them account for their crimes; let none of them survive.

IV

16The LORD is king forever; r Ps 145, 13; Jer 10, 10 . the nations have vanished from God's land. 17You listen, LORD, to the needs of the poor; you encourage them and hear their prayers. 18You win justice for the orphaned and oppressed; s Dt 10, 18 . no one on earth will cause terror again.

Notes:

b: Jb 18, 17 .

c: Pss 96, 10; 98, 9 .

d: Ps 37, 39; Is 25, 4 .

e: Jb 16, 18 .

f: Wis 16, 13 .

g: Sir 27, 26 .

h: Prv 23, 18 .

i: Is 32, 7 .

j: Ps 36, 2 .

k: Ps 14, 1; Jb 22, 13; Is 29, 15; Jer 5, 12; Zep 1, 12 .

l: Is 32, 7; Rom 3, 14 .

m: Ps 11, 2; Jb 24, 14 .

n: Ps 17, 12; Prv 1, 11; Jer 5, 26 .

o: Pss 44, 25; 64, 6; 73, 11; 94, 7; Ez 9, 9 .

p: Pss 31, 8; 56, 9; 2 Kgs 20, 5; Is 25, 8; Rv 7, 17 .

q: Ex 22, 21–22 .

r: Ps 145, 13; Jer 10, 10 .

s: Dt 10, 18 .

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