1 For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph, to be sung to the tune <169>Do Not Destroy!<170> A song. We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your mighty miracles.
2 God says, "At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked.
3 When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude
4 "I warned the proud, `Stop your boasting!' I told the wicked, `Don't raise your fists!
5 Don't lift your fists in defiance at the heavens or speak with rebellious arrogance.' "
6 For no one on earth--from east or west, or even from the wilderness-- can raise another person up.
7 It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.
8 For the LORD holds a cup in his hand; it is full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours the wine out in judgment, and all the wicked must drink it, draining it to the dregs.
9 But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done; I will sing praises to the God of Israel.*1
10 For God says, "I will cut off the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the godly."
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