1 Why, LORD, do you stand far off? ¶ Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, ¶ who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.
4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
5 His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by [^1] him; ¶ he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, "Nothing will ever shake me." He swears, "No one will ever do me harm."
7 His mouth is full of lies and threats; ¶ trouble and evil are under his tongue.
8 He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. ¶ His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
9 like a lion in cover he lies in wait. ¶ He lies in wait to catch the helpless; ¶ he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, "God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees."
12 Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. ¶ Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, ¶ "He won't call me to account"?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. ¶ The victims commit themselves to you; ¶ you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness ¶ that would not otherwise be found out.
16 The LORD is King for ever and ever; ¶ the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals ¶ will never again strike terror.