|1||Why dost thou stand afar off, O LORD? |
Why dost thou hide thyself in times of trouble?
|Prayer for Justice.|
|2||In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; |
let them be caught in the schemes which they have devised.
|3||For the wicked boasts of the desires of his heart, |
and the man greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
|4||In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek him; |
all his thoughts are, "There is no God."
|5||His ways prosper at all times; |
thy judgments are on high, out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
|6||He thinks in his heart, "I shall not be moved; |
throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity."
|7||His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; |
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
|8||He sits in ambush in the villages; |
in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the hapless,
|9||he lurks in secret like a lion in his covert; |
he lurks that he may seize the poor,
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
|10||The hapless is crushed, |
sinks down, and falls by his might.
|11||He thinks in his heart, "God has forgotten, |
he has hidden his face, he will never see it."
|12||Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thy hand; |
forget not the afflicted.
|13||Why does the wicked renounce God, |
and say in his heart, "Thou wilt not call to account"?
|14||Thou dost see; yea, thou dost note trouble and vexation, |
that thou mayest take it into thy hands;
the hapless commits himself to thee;
thou hast been the helper of the fatherless.
|15||Break thou the arm of the wicked and evildoer; |
seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
|16||The LORD is king for ever and ever; |
the nations shall perish from his land.
|17||O LORD, thou wilt hear the desire of the meek; |
thou wilt strengthen their heart, thou wilt incline thy ear
|18||to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, |
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
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