1) Lord, why do You stand so far away?
Why do You hide in times of trouble?
2) In arrogance the wicked relentlessly pursue the afflicted;
let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
3) For the wicked one boasts about his own cravings;
the one who is greedy curses and despises the Lord.
4) In all his scheming,
the wicked arrogantly thinks:
“There is no accountability,
since God does not exist.”
5) His ways are always secure;
Your lofty judgments are beyond his sight;
he scoffs at all his adversaries.
6) He says to himself, “I will never be moved--
from generation to generation without calamity.”
7) Cursing, deceit, and violence fill his mouth;
trouble and malice are under his tongue.
8) He waits in ambush near the villages;
he kills the innocent in secret places.
His eyes are on the lookout for the helpless;
9) he lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket.
He lurks in order to seize the afflicted;
he seizes the afflicted and drags him in his net.
10) So he is oppressed and beaten down;
the helpless fall because of his strength.
11) He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
He hides His face and will never see.”
12) Rise up, Lord God! Lift up Your hand.
Do not forget the afflicted.
13) Why has the wicked person despised God?
He says to himself, “You will not demand an account.”
14) But You Yourself have seen trouble and grief,
observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands.
The helpless entrusts himself to You;
You are a helper of the fatherless.
15) Break the arm of the wicked and evil person;
call his wickedness into account
until nothing remains of it.
16) The Lord is King forever and ever;
the nations will perish from His land.
17) Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will strengthen their hearts.
You will listen carefully,
18) doing justice for the fatherless and the oppressed
so that men of the earth may terrify them no more.