10 Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide [a]Yourself in times of trouble? 2 In pride the wicked [b]hotly pursue the afflicted; [c]Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.
3 For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire, And [d]the greedy man curses andspurns the Lord. 4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his [e]thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5 His ways [f]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; [g]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 [h]stealthily watch for the [i]unfortunate. 9 He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his [j]lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net. 10 He [k]crouches, he [l]bows down, And the [m]unfortunate fall [n]by his mighty ones. 11 He says to himself, “God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”
12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up Your hand. Do not forget the afflicted. 13 Why has the wicked spurned God? He has said to himself, “You will not require it.” 14 You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to [o]take it into Your hand. The [p]unfortunate commits himself to You; You have been the helper of the orphan. 15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer, [q]Seek out his wickedness until You find none.
16 The Lord is King forever and ever; Nations have perished from His land. 17 O Lord, You have heard the desire of the [r]humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear 18 To [s]vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.
The Lord a Refuge and Defense.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
11 In the Lord I take refuge; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain; 2 For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, They [t]make ready their arrow upon the string To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. 3 If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in His holy temple; the [u]Lord’sthrone is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. 5 The Lordtests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates. 6 Upon the wicked He will rain [v]snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup. 7 For the Lord is righteous, He loves [w]righteousness; The upright will behold His face.
God, a Helper against the Treacherous.
For the choir director; [x]upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David.
12 Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. 2 They speak [y]falsehood to one another; With flattering [z]lips and with a double heart they speak. 3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things; 4 Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are [aa]our own; who is lord over us?” 5 “Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”
6 The words of the Lord are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. 7 You, O Lord, will keep them; You will preserve him from this generation forever. 8 The wicked strut about on every side When [ab]vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
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