Why 1do You standafar off, O LORD? Why 2do You hideaYourself in times of trouble?
In 3pride the wickedbhotlypursue the afflicted; cLet them be 4caught in the plotswhich they have devised.
For the wicked5boasts of his 6heart'sdesire, And dthe greedymancurses and 7spurns the LORD.
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, 8does not seek Him. All his ethoughts are, "9There is noGod."
His waysf10prosper at alltimes; Your judgments are on high, 11out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.
He says to himself, "12I will not be moved; gThroughout allgenerations13I will not be in adversity."
His 14mouth is full of curses and deceit and 15oppression; 16Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
He sits in the 17lurkingplaces of the villages; In the hidingplaces he 18kills the innocent; His eyeshstealthilywatch for the i19unfortunate.
He lurks in a hidingplace as 20a lion in his jlair; He 21lurks to catch22the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his 23net.
He kcrouches, he lbowsdown, And the munfortunatefallnby his mightyones.
He 24says to himself, "God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will neversee it."
12Arise, O LORD; O God, 25lift up Your hand. 26Do not forget the afflicted.
13Why has the wicked27spurnedGod? He has said to himself, "You will not require it."
You have seen it, for You have beheld28mischief and vexation to otake it into Your hand. The p29unfortunatecommits himself to You; You have been the 30helper of the orphan.
1531Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer, q32Seek out his wickedness until You findnone.
The LORD is 33Kingforever and ever; 34Nations have perished from His land.
O LORD, You have heard the 35desire of the rhumble; You will 36strengthen their heart, 37You will incline Your ear18
To svindicate the 38orphan and the 39oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will nolongercause40terror.