1 Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined .
3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous , whom the LORD abhorreth .
4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
5 His ways are always grievous ; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies , he puffeth at them.
6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved : for I shall never be in adversity.
7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
10 He croucheth , and humbleth himself, that the poor * may fall by his strong ones.
11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten : he hideth his face; he will never see it.
12 Arise , O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble * .
13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear :
18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress .