Why Do You Hide Yourself?1 Why, O Lord, do you stand a far away?
Why b do you hide yourself in c times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them d be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
3 For the wicked e boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain f curses ▼
▼ Or and he blesses the one greedy for gainand h renounces the Lord.
4 In the pride of his face ▼
▼ Or of his angerthe wicked does not j seek him; ▼
▼ Or the wicked says, “He will not call to account”
all his thoughts are, l “There is no God.”
5 His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high m out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he n puffs at them.
6 He o says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I p shall not meet adversity.”
7 q His mouth is filled with cursing and r deceit and s oppression;
t under his tongue are u mischief and v iniquity.
8 He sits in ambush in the villages;
in w hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9 he lurks in ambush like x a lion in his y thicket;
he z lurks that he may seize the poor;
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his aa net.
10 The helpless are crushed, sink down,
and fall by his might.
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
he has ab hidden his face, he ac will never see it.”
12 ad Arise, O Lord; O God, ae lift up your hand;
af forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked ag renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not ah call to account”?
14 But you do see, for you ai note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless aj commits himself;
you have been ak the helper of the fatherless.
15 al Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
am call his wickedness to account till you find none.
16 an The Lord is king forever and ever;
the ao nations perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will ap strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to aq do justice to the fatherless and ar the oppressed,
so that as man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
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