A kind person 1 benefits 2 himself, 3 but a cruel person brings himself trouble. 4
You have become cruel to me; 1 with the strength of your hand you attack me. 2
A righteous person cares for 1 the life of his animal, but even the most compassionate acts 2 of the wicked are cruel.
Their wine is snakes’ poison, the deadly venom of cobras.
Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming, 1 but who can stand before jealousy? 2
My God, rescue me from the power 1 of the wicked, from the hand of the cruel oppressor!
An evil person seeks only rebellion, 1 and so 2 a cruel messenger 3 will be sent against him.
Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce, and their fury, for it was cruel. I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel! 1
Watch my enemies, for they outnumber me; they hate me and want to harm me. 1
ג (Gimel) Even the jackals 1 nurse their young at their breast, 2 but my people 3 are cruel, like ostriches 4 in the desert.
Its soldiers are armed with bows and spears. They are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride forth on their horses. Lined up in formation like men going into battle, they are coming against you, fair Babylon! 1
Look, the Lord’s day of judgment 1 is coming; it is a day of cruelty and savage, raging anger, 2 destroying 3 the earth 4 and annihilating its sinners.
I will hand Egypt over to a harsh master; a powerful king will rule over them,” says the sovereign master, 1 the Lord who commands armies.
lest you give your vigor 1 to others and your years to a cruel person,
Its soldiers are armed with bows and spears. They are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride forth on their horses. Lined up in formation like men going into battle to attack you, Daughter Zion.’” 1
1 Moses told this 2 to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him 3 because of their discouragement 4 and hard labor.
“I will deliver you from the power of the wicked. I will free you from the clutches of violent people.”
All your allies have abandoned you. 1 They no longer have any concern for you. For I have attacked you like an enemy would. I have chastened you cruelly. For your wickedness is so great and your sin is so much. 2
Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse.
But the Egyptians mistreated and oppressed us, forcing us to do burdensome labor.