Why dost thou stand afar off, O LORD? Why dost thou hide thyself in times of trouble?
In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes which they have devised.
For the wicked boasts of the desires of his heart, and the man greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, "There is no God."
His ways prosper at all times; thy judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
He thinks in his heart, "I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity."
His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
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