Psalm 10 (English Standard Version)

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Why Do You Hide Yourself?

1 Why, O LORD, do you stand 1far away? Why 2do you hide yourself in 3times of trouble? 2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them 4be caught in the schemes that they have devised. 3 For the wicked 5boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain 6cursesa and 7renounces the LORD. 4 In the pride of his faceb the wicked does not 8seek him;c all his thoughts are, 9"There is no God." 5 His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, 10out of his sight; as for all his foes, he 11puffs at them. 6 He 12says in his heart, "I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I 13shall not meet adversity." 7 14His mouth is filled with cursing and 15deceit and 16oppression; 17under his tongue are 18mischief and 19iniquity. 8 He sits in ambush in the villages; in 20hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; 9 he lurks in ambush like 21a lion in his 22thicket; he 23lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his 24net. 10 The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might. 11 He says in his heart, "God has forgotten, he has 25hidden his face, he 26will never see it." 12 27Arise, O LORD; O God, 28lift up your hand; 29forget not the afflicted. 13 Why does the wicked 30renounce God and say in his heart, "You will not 31call to account"? 14 But you do see, for you 32note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless 33commits himself; you have been 34the helper of the fatherless. 15 35Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; 36call his wickedness to account till you find none. 16 37The LORD is king forever and ever; the 38nations perish from his land. 17 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will 39strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear 18 to 40do justice to the fatherless and 41the oppressed, so that 42man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
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