The Perils of the Pilgrim1 Why, O LORD, do You stand far off? Why do You hide in times of trouble? 2 In pride the wicked pursue the needy; let them be caught in the schemes they devise. 3 For the wicked man boasts in the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD. 4 In his pride the wicked [man] does not seek [Him] ; in all his schemes there is no God. 5 He is secure in his ways at all times; Your lofty judgments are far from him; he sneers at all his foes. 6 He says to himself, “I shall not be moved; from age to age I am free of distress.” 7 His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, ▼
▼LXX bitternessand violence; trouble and malice are under his tongue. 8 He lies in wait near the villages; in ambush he slays the innocent; his eyes watch in stealth for the helpless. 9 He lies in wait like a lion in a thicket; he lurks to seize the oppressed; he catches the lowly in his net. 10 They are crushed and beaten down; the hapless fall prey to his strength. 11 He says to himself, “God has forgotten; He hides His face and never sees.” 12 Arise, O LORD! Lift up Your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. 13 Why has the wicked man renounced God? He says to himself, “You will never call [me] to account.” 14 But You have regarded trouble and grief; You consider it to take in hand. The victim entrusts himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness into account until none is left to find. 16 The LORD is King forever and ever; the nations will vanish from His land. 17 You have heard, O LORD, the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their hearts. You will incline Your ear, 18 to vindicate the fatherless and oppressed, that the men of the earth may strike terror no more.
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