2 In pride the wicked [a]hotly pursue the afflicted; [b]Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.
3 For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire, And [c]the greedy man curses andspurns the Lord. 4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his [d]thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5 His ways [e]prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them. 6 He says to himself, “I will not be moved; [f]Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity.” 7 His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness. 8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes [g]stealthily watch for the [h]unfortunate. 9 He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his [i]lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net. 10 He [j]crouches, he [k]bows down, And the [l]unfortunate fall [m]by his mighty ones. 11 He says to himself, “God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”
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