1Why do you stand at a distance, O Yahweh? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2In arrogance, a wicked person hunts down an afflicted. They will be caught in the schemes that they devised.
3For the wicked person boasts of his soul’s cravings. He blesses the greedy and curses Yahweh.
4The wicked person, in the pride of his face, does not seek God. “There is no God” is in all his thoughts.
5His roads are firm at all times. He is haughty, and your judgments are far from him. As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.
6He says in his heart, “I will not be shaken. For generations I will have no trouble.”
7His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression. Under his tongue is trouble and wickedness.
8He lies in ambush near the villages. In the secret places he murders the innocent person. His eyes lie in wait for the helpless.
9He lies in wait in the secret place like a lion in its thicket. He lies in wait to seize the afflicted person. He seizes the afflicted person by drawing him into his net.
10So the crushed one sinks down, and the unfortunate ones fall under his might.
11He says in his heart, “God has forgotten. He hides his face. He never saw it.”
12Arise, O Yahweh! O God, lift up your hand! Do not forget the afflicted.
13Why does the wicked person spurn God and say in his heart, “You will not hold me accountable”?
14On the contrary, you yourself see trouble and vexation. You look at it to take it into your hand. The afflicted person frees himself because of you. You become a helper of the orphan.
15Break the strength of the wicked person. And as for the evil person, you will call his wickedness to account until you find none.
16Yahweh is King forever and ever! The nations will perish from his land.
17O Yahweh, you have listened to the desire of the afflicted. You will prepare their heart. You will cause your ear to attentively listen
18in order to judge the orphan and the oppressed person so that the man of the earth will terrorize them no longer.