:1 Why LORD, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide in times of trouble?
:2 In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted. They (the afflicted) are caught in the trap which they (the wicked) devise.
:3 For the wicked boasts over the cravings of his deepest self (desires),
And the violent robber curses and spurns the LORD.
:4 The wicked in the arrogance of (shown in) his face does not seek Him.
All his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
:5 His ways prosper at all times.
Your judgments are on high, out from him (his sight).
He puffs (disdains) at all his adversaries.
:6 He says to himself, “I will not be shaken from one
generation to another generation because there is no adversity for me.
:7 His mouth is filled with curses and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
:8 He sits in ambush places of the villages;
In hidden places, he murders the innocent;
His eyes hide for the innocent.
:9 He lies in ambush like a lion in a thicket;
He lies to seize the afflicted
He seizes the afflicted when he draws him into his trap.
:10 He crushes, he beats down
And the helpless fall by his mighty claws.
:11 He says in his heart, “God forgets,
He has hidden his face, He will not see.”
:12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Your hand.
Do not forget the afflicted.
:13 Why has the wicked spurned God?
He (the wicked) says in his heart, “You will not seek an accounting.”
:14 For You have seen trouble and suffering.
You look to take it in your hand [to take care of it].
The helpless victim commits himself to you;
You are the helper of the fatherless.
:15 Break the arm of the wicked and evil man!
Seek an accounting of his wickedness which he
thought you would not find.
:16 The LORD is king forever and ever;
Nations have perished from His hand.
:17 You have heard the desire of the oppressed, O LORD;
You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear,
:18 To judge [defend] on behalf of the orphan and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth [earthlings] will no longer terrify them.