Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?18
They see their children established around them, their offspring before their eyes.29
Their homes are safe and free from fear;3 the rod of God is not upon them.410
Their bulls never fail to breed; their cows calve and do not miscarry.511
They send forth their children as a flock;6 their little ones dance about.
They sing to the music of tambourine and harp;7 they make merry to the sound of the flute.813
They spend their years in prosperity9 and go down to the gravea10 in peace.b1114
Yet they say to God, 'Leave us alone!12 We have no desire to know your ways.13