1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off?z
Why do you hide yourselfa in times of trouble?
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,b
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boastsc about the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.d
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.e
your laws are rejected byb him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”f
trouble and evil are under his tongue.i
8 He lies in waitj near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent.k
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;l
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.m
10 His victims are crushed,n they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;o
he covers his face and never sees.”p
Do not forget the helpless.s
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?t
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?u
14 But you, God, see the troublev of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;w
you are the helperx of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;y
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.
16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;z
the nationsa will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;b
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,c
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.
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