1 Why standest thou far off, O Lord, and hidest

thee in due time, even in affliction?

2 The wicked with pride doth persecute the

poor; let them be taken in the crafts that they have


3 For the wicked hath made boast of his own

heart’s desire, and the covetous blesseth himself, he

contemneth the Lord.

4 The wicked is so proud, that he seeketh not

for God: he thinketh always, There is no God.

5 His ways always prosper: thy judgments are

high above his sight; therefore defieth he all his


6 He saith in his heart, I shall never be moved,

nor be in danger.

7 His mouth is full of cursing, and deceit, and

fraud; under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.

8 He lieth in wait in the villages; in the secret

places doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are

bent against the poor.

9 He lieth in wait secretly, even as a lion in his

den; he lieth in wait to spoil the poor; he doth spoil

the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

10 He croucheth and boweth; therefore heaps of

the poor do fall by his might.

11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten,

he hideth away his face, and will never see.

12 Arise, O Lord God, lift up thine hand; forget

not the poor.

13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he

saith in his heart, Thou wilt not regard.

14 Yet thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief

and wrong; that thou mayest take it into thine

hands; the poor committeth himself unto thee; for

thou art the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and malicious;

search his wickedness, and thou shalt find none.

16 The Lord is King forever and ever; the heathen

are destroyed forth of his land.

17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the poor; thou

preparest their heart; thou bendest thine ear to them,

18 To judge the fatherless and poor, that earthly

man cause to fear no more.

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