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God the Judge

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A song of Asaph.

75 God, we thank you.
    We thank you because you are near.
    We tell about the wonderful things you do.

You say, “I set the time for trial.
    I will judge fairly.
The earth with all its people may shake.
    I am the one who holds it steady. Selah
I say to those who are proud, ‘Don’t brag.’
    I say to the wicked, ‘Don’t show your power.
Don’t try to use your power against heaven.
    Don’t be stubborn.’”

No one from the east or the west
    or the desert can judge you.
God is the judge.
    He judges one person as guilty, and another as innocent.
The Lord holds a cup of anger in his hand.
    It is full of wine mixed with spices.
He pours it out even to the last drop.
    And the wicked drink it all.

I will tell about this forever.
    I will sing praise to the God of Jacob.
10 He will take all power away from the wicked.
    But the power of good people will grow.

Psalm 75[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A psalm of Asaph. A song.

We praise you, God,
    we praise you, for your Name is near;(A)
    people tell of your wonderful deeds.(B)

You say, “I choose the appointed time;(C)
    it is I who judge with equity.(D)
When the earth and all its people quake,(E)
    it is I who hold its pillars(F) firm.[b]
To the arrogant(G) I say, ‘Boast no more,’(H)
    and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.[c](I)
Do not lift your horns against heaven;
    do not speak so defiantly.(J)’”

No one from the east or the west
    or from the desert can exalt themselves.
It is God who judges:(K)
    He brings one down, he exalts another.(L)
In the hand of the Lord is a cup
    full of foaming wine mixed(M) with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
    drink it down to its very dregs.(N)

As for me, I will declare(O) this forever;
    I will sing(P) praise to the God of Jacob,(Q)
10 who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,
    but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”(R)


  1. Psalm 75:1 In Hebrew texts 75:1-10 is numbered 75:2-11.
  2. Psalm 75:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  3. Psalm 75:4 Horns here symbolize strength; also in verses 5 and 10.

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