A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.

1 Why 1do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why 2do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?
2 In 3pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be 4caught in the plots which they have devised.
3 For the wicked 5boasts of his 6heart's desire, And the greedy man curses and 7spurns the LORD.
4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, 8does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, "9There is no God."
5 His ways 10prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, 11out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.
6 He says to himself, "12I will not be moved; Throughout all generations 13I will not be in adversity."
8 He sits in the 17lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he 18kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the 19unfortunate.
9 He lurks in a hiding place as 20a lion in his lair; He 21lurks to catch 22the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his 23net.
10 He crouches, he bows down, And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.
11 He 24says to himself, "God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never * see it."
12 Arise, O LORD; O God, 25lift up Your hand. 26Do not forget the afflicted.
13 Why * has the wicked 27spurned God? He has said to himself, "You will not require it."
14 You have seen it, for You have beheld 28mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand. The 29unfortunate commits himself to You; You have been the 30helper of the orphan.
15 31Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer, 32Seek out his wickedness until You find none.
16 The LORD is 33King forever and ever; 34Nations have perished from His land.
17 O LORD, You have heard the 35desire of the humble; You will 36strengthen their heart, 37You will incline Your ear
18 To vindicate the 38orphan and the 39oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer * cause 40terror.