Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor— let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart, those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.
In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, "God will not seek it out"; all their thoughts are, "There is no God."
Their ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of their sight; as for their foes, they scoff at them.
They think in their heart, "We shall not be moved; throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity."
Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.
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