Why, O LORD, do you stand far off ?1 Why do you hide yourself2 in times of trouble?
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,3 who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts4 of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.54
In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.65
His ways are always prosperous; he is haughty7 and your laws are far from him; he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, "Nothing will shake me; I'll always be happy8 and never have trouble."
His mouth is full of curses9 and lies and threats;10 trouble and evil are under his tongue.118
He lies in wait12 near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent,13 watching in secret for his victims.
He lies in wait like a lion in cover; he lies in wait to catch the helpless;14 he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.1510
His victims are crushed,16 they collapse; they fall under his strength.
He says to himself, "God has forgotten;17 he covers his face and never sees."1812
Arise,19 LORD! Lift up your hand,20 O God. Do not forget the helpless.2113
Why does the wicked man revile God?22 Why does he say to himself, "He won't call me to account"?2314
But you, O God, do see trouble24 and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you;25 you are the helper26 of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked and evil man;27 call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out.
The LORD is King for ever and ever;28 the nations29 will perish from his land.
You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted;30 you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,3118
defending the fatherless32 and the oppressed,33 in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.