Why, LORD, do you stand far off ?1 Why do you hide yourself2 in times of trouble?
In their arrogance the wicked hunt down the weak,3 catching them in the schemes they devise.
They boast4 about the cravings of their hearts; they bless the greedy and revile the LORD.54
In their pride the wicked do not seek him; in all their thoughts there is no room for God.65
Their ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected bya them; they sneer at all their enemies.
They say to themselves, "Nothing will ever shake us." They swear, "No one will ever do us harm."7