Why do you keep far away, O Lord? why are
you not to be seen in times of trouble?
The evil-doer in his pride is cruel to the
poor; let him be taken by the tricks of his invention.
For the evil-doer is lifted up because of
the purpose of his heart, and he whose mind is fixed on
wealth is turned away from the Lord, saying evil against
The evil-doer in his pride says, God will not make a search.
All his thoughts are, There is no God.
His ways are ever fixed; your decisions
are higher than he may see: as for his haters, they are as
nothing to him.
He has said in his heart, I will not be
moved: through all generations I will never be in trouble.
His mouth is full of cursing and deceit
and false words: under his tongue are evil purposes and dark
He is waiting in the dark places of the towns: in the secret
places he puts to death those who have done no wrong: his
eyes are secretly turned against the poor.
He keeps himself in a secret place like a
lion in his hole, waiting to put his hands on the poor man,
and pulling him into his net.
The upright are crushed and made low, and
the feeble are overcome by his strong ones.
He says in his heart, God has no memory
of me: his face is turned away; he will never see it.
Up! O Lord; let your hand be lifted: give
thought to the poor.
Why has the evil-doer a low opinion of
God, saying in his heart, You will not make search for it?
You have seen it; for your eyes are on
sorrow and grief, to take it into your hand: the poor man
puts his faith in you; you have been the helper of the child
who has no father.
Let the arm of the sinner and the
evil-doer be broken; go on searching for his sin till there
is no more.
The Lord is King for ever and ever; the
nations are gone from his land.
Lord, you have given ear to the prayer of
the poor: you will make strong their hearts, you will give
them a hearing:
To give decision for the child without a
father and for the broken-hearted, so that the man of the
earth may no longer be feared.