1 Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide in times of trouble?
2 The wicked in his pride 1persecutes the poor;
aLet them be caught in the plots which they have devised.
3 For the wicked bboasts of his heart’s desire;
5 His ways 4are always prospering;
Your judgments are far above, out of his sight;
As for all his enemies, he sneers at them.
6 eHe has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
fI shall never be in adversity.”
Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.
In the secret places he murders the innocent;
His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.
He lies in wait to catch the poor;
He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.
10 So 5he crouches, he lies low,
That the helpless may fall by his 6strength.
“God has forgotten;
He hides His face;
He will never see.”
O God, ilift up Your hand!
Do not forget the jhumble.
He has said in his heart,
“You will not require an account.”
14 But You have kseen, for You observe trouble and grief,
To repay it by Your hand.
mYou are the helper of the fatherless.
Seek out his wickedness until You find none.
16 nThe Lord is King forever and ever;
The nations have perished out of His land.
You will prepare their heart;
You will cause Your ear to hear,
18 To 8do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
That the man of the earth may 9oppress no more.
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