10 Lord, why ·are you [L do you stand] so far away? Why do you hide ·when there is [L in times of] ·trouble [distress]? 2 Proudly the wicked ·chase down [hunt down; persecute] ·those who suffer [or the poor]. Let them be caught in ·their own traps [L the schemes they have thought up]. 3 They ·brag [boast] about the ·things they want [L cravings/desires of their soul]. ·They bless the greedy but [or The greedy curse and] ·hate [reject] the Lord. 4 The wicked people are too proud. They do not ·look for [pursue; seek] God; there is no room for God in their thoughts. 5 ·They always succeed [L Their ways are always successful/prosperous]. ·They are far from keeping your laws [L Your judgments are above their grasp]; they ·make fun of [sneer/scoff at] their enemies. 6 They say ·to themselves [L in their hearts], “·Nothing bad will ever happen to me [L I will never be moved/shaken]; I will never ·be ruined [have trouble/be harmed].” 7 Their mouths are full of curses, ·lies [deceit], and ·threats [violence]; ·they use their tongues for [L under their tongues is] ·sin [trouble] and evil [Rom. 3:14]. 8 They ·hide [L lie in ambush] near the villages. They ·look for innocent people to kill [murder the innocent; Prov. 1:11]; ·they watch in secret [L their eyes look intently] for the helpless. 9 They ·wait in hiding [L lie in ambush in a covert/cover] like a lion. They ·wait [L lie] to catch poor people; they catch the poor in nets and drag them off. 10 The poor are crushed and thrown down; they ·are defeated [L fall] ·because the others are stronger [L by their might]. 11 The wicked ·think [L say in their hearts], “God has forgotten us. He ·doesn’t see what is happening [L has hidden his face and does not see anything].”
12 Lord, rise up and ·punish the wicked [L raise your hand, God]. Don’t forget those who ·need help [are oppressed]. 13 Why do wicked people ·hate [despise] God? They say ·to themselves [L in their hearts], “·God won’t punish us [L You will not pursue].” 14 Lord, surely you see these ·cruel [troublesome] and ·evil [grievous] things; look at them and ·do something [L put it in your hands]. ·People in trouble [L The helpless] ·look to you for help [entrust/abandon themselves to your hands]. You are the one who helps the orphans. 15 Break the ·power [L hand] of wicked and evil people. ·Punish them for the evil they have done [L You will seek out their wickedness until you find none].
16 The Lord is King forever and ever. ·Destroy from your land those nations [L The nations will perish from his land]. 17 Lord, you have heard ·what the poor people want [the desires of the poor]. ·Do what they ask [L You will strengthen their heart], and ·listen to them [L you will cause your ear to pay attention]. 18 ·Protect [L Bring justice to] the orphans and ·put an end to suffering [L the oppressed] so ·they will no longer be afraid of evil people [L those from the earth may terrify no more].
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