4In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.5His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies.6He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”7His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.8He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims;9like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.10His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength.11He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.”12Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.13Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”?14But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.15Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out.16The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land.17You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,18defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
1In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain.2For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.3When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”4The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.5The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.6On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.7For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.
1Help, LORD, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.2Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.3May the LORD silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue—4those who say, “By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”5“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”6And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.7You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,8who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.