1Why, Yahweh, do you keep so distant, stay hidden in times of trouble? 2In his pride the wicked hunts down the weak, who is caught in the schemes he devises. 3The wicked is proud of his inmost desires, by his blasphemies the grasping spurns Yahweh, 4the wicked in his arrogance does not look very far; 'There is no God,' is his only thought. 5In al circumstances his step is assured; your judgements are above his head. His rivals? He scoffs atthem al . 6He says in his heart, 'I shall never be shaken,' free of trouble himself, 7he wishes it on others. His speech is full of lies and browbeating, under his tongue lurk spite andwickedness. 8In the undergrowth he lies in ambush, in his hiding-place he murders the innocent. He watches intentlyfor the downtrodden, 9lurking unseen like a lion in his lair, lurking to pounce on the poor; he pounces on him and drags himoff in his net. 10He keeps watch, crouching down low, the poor wretch falls into his clutches; 11he says in his heart, 'God forgets, he has turned away his face to avoid seeing the end.' 12Rise, Yahweh! God, raise your hand, do not forget the afflicted! 13Why should the wicked spurn God, assuring himself you wil never follow it up? 14You have seen for yourself the trouble and vexation, you watch so as to take it in hand. Theoppressed relies on you; you are the only recourse of the orphan. 15Break the arm of the wicked and evil, seek out wickedness til there is none left to be found. 16Yahweh is king for ever and ever, the heathen has vanished from his country. 17Yahweh, you listen to the laments of the poor, you give them courage, you grant them a hearing, 18to give judgement for the orphaned and exploited, so that earthborn humans may strike terror nomore.
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