Why Do You Hide Yourself?1 Why, O Lord, do you stand afar away?
Why bdo you hide yourself in ctimes of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them dbe caught in the schemes that they have devised.
3For the wicked eboasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain fcurses ▼
▼Or and he blesses the one greedy for gainand hrenounces the Lord.
4In the pride of his face ▼
▼Or of his angerthe wicked does not jseek him; ▼
▼Or the wicked says, “He will not call to account”
all his thoughts are, l“There is no God.”
5His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high mout of his sight;
as for all his foes, he npuffs at them.
6He osays in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I pshall not meet adversity.”
7 qHis mouth is filled with cursing and rdeceit and soppression;
tunder his tongue are umischief and viniquity.
8He sits in ambush in the villages;
in whiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9he lurks in ambush like xa lion in his ythicket;
he zlurks that he may seize the poor;
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his aanet.
10The helpless are crushed, sink down,
and fall by his might.
11He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
he has abhidden his face, he acwill never see it.”
12 adArise, O Lord; O God, aelift up your hand;
afforget not the afflicted.
13Why does the wicked agrenounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not ahcall to account”?
14But you do see, for you ainote mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless ajcommits himself;
you have been akthe helper of the fatherless.
15 alBreak the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
amcall his wickedness to account till you find none.
16 anThe Lord is king forever and ever;
the aonations perish from his land.
17O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will apstrengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18to aqdo justice to the fatherless and arthe oppressed,
so that asman who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
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