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Psalm 10 (New International Version)

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1 Why, O LORD, do you stand far off ?1 Why do you hide yourself2 in times of trouble? 2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,3 who are caught in the schemes he devises. 3 He boasts4 of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.5 4 In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.6 5 His ways are always prosperous; he is haughty7 and your laws are far from him; he sneers at all his enemies. 6 He says to himself, "Nothing will shake me; I'll always be happy8 and never have trouble." 7 His mouth is full of curses9 and lies and threats;10 trouble and evil are under his tongue.11 8 He lies in wait12 near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent,13 watching in secret for his victims. 9 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.15 10 His victims are crushed,16 they collapse; they fall under his strength. 11 He says to himself, "God has forgotten;17 he covers his face and never sees."18 12 Arise,19 LORD! Lift up your hand,20 O God. Do not forget the helpless.21 13 Why does the wicked man revile God?22 Why does he say to himself, "He won't call me to account"?23 14 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. 15 Break the arm of the wicked and evil man;27 call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out. 16 The LORD is King for ever and ever;28 the nations29 will perish from his land. 17 You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted;30 you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,31 18 defending the fatherless32 and the oppressed,33 in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.
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