1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.
all their thoughts are, “There is no God.”
your judgments are on high, out of their sight;
as for their foes, they scoff at them.
throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.”
under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.
in hiding places they murder the innocent.
Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
they lurk that they may seize the poor;
they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.
and the helpless fall by their might.
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
do not forget the oppressed.
and say in their hearts, “You will not call us to account”?
that you may take it into your hands;
the helpless commit themselves to you;
you have been the helper of the orphan.
seek out their wickedness until you find none.
the nations shall perish from his land.
you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear
so that those from earth may strike terror no more.a
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