(A)Why do the wicked live,
    reach old age, and grow mighty in power?
Their (B)offspring are established in their presence,
    and their descendants before their eyes.
Their houses are (C)safe from fear,
    and (D)no rod of God is upon them.
10 Their bull breeds without fail;
    their cow calves and (E)does not miscarry.
11 They send out their (F)little boys like a flock,
    and their children dance.
12 They sing to (G)the tambourine and (H)the lyre
    and rejoice to the sound of (I)the pipe.
13 They (J)spend their days in prosperity,
    and in (K)peace they go down to (L)Sheol.
14 They say to God, (M)‘Depart from us!
    We do not desire the knowledge of your ways.
15 (N)What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
    And what (O)profit do we get if we pray to him?’
16 Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand?
    (P)The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

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