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Psalms - Chapter 10

Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?   1

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.   2

He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.   3

In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.   4

His ways are always prosperous; he is haughty and your laws are far from him; he sneers at all his enemies.   5

He says to himself, "Nothing will shake me; I'll always be happy and never have trouble."   6

His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.   7

He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent, watching in secret for his victims.   8

He lies in wait like a lion in cover; he lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.   9

His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength.   10

He says to himself, "God has forgotten; he covers his face and never sees."   11

Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.   12

Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, "He won't call me to account"?   13

But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.   14

Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out.   15

The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land.   16

You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,   17

defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.   18

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