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Psalm 10 (New American Standard)

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A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.

1 Why 1do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why 2do You hide aYourself in times of trouble? 2 In 3pride the wicked bhotly pursue the afflicted; cLet them be 4caught in the plots which they have devised. 3 For the wicked 5boasts of his 6heart's desire, And dthe greedy man curses and 7spurns the LORD. 4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, 8does not seek Him. All his ethoughts are, "9There is no God." 5 His ways f10prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, 11out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them. 6 He says to himself, "12I will not be moved; gThroughout all generations 13I will not be in adversity." 7 His 14mouth is full of curses and deceit and 15oppression; 16Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness. 8 He sits in the 17lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he 18kills the innocent; His eyes hstealthily watch for the i19unfortunate. 9 He lurks in a hiding place as 20a lion in his jlair; He 21lurks to catch 22the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his 23net. 10 He kcrouches, he lbows down, And the munfortunate fall nby his mighty ones. 11 He 24says to himself, "God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it." 12 Arise, O LORD; O God, 25lift up Your hand. 26Do not forget the afflicted. 13 Why has the wicked 27spurned God? He has said to himself, "You will not require it." 14 You have seen it, for You have beheld 28mischief and vexation to otake it into Your hand. The p29unfortunate commits himself to You; You have been the 30helper of the orphan. 15 31Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer, q32Seek out his wickedness until You find none. 16 The LORD is 33King forever and ever; 34Nations have perished from His land. 17 O LORD, You have heard the 35desire of the rhumble; You will 36strengthen their heart, 37You will incline Your ear 18 To svindicate the 38orphan and the 39oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause 40terror.
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