Psalm 10
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1Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you pay no attention during times of trouble? 1 Why do you stand far away, LORD? Why do you hide in times of distress?
2The wicked arrogantly chase the oppressed; the oppressed are trapped by the schemes the wicked have dreamed up. 2The wicked one arrogantly pursues the afflicted, who are trapped in the schemes he devises.
3Yes, the wicked man boasts because he gets what he wants; the one who robs others curses and rejects the LORD. 3For the wicked one boasts about his own desire; he blesses the greedy and despises the LORD.
4The wicked man is so arrogant he always thinks, "God won't hold me accountable; he doesn't care." 4With haughty arrogance, the wicked thinks, "God will not seek justice." He always presumes "There is no God."
5He is secure at all times. He has no regard for your commands; he disdains all his enemies. 5Their ways always seem prosperous. Your judgments are on high, far away from them. They scoff at all their enemies.
6He says to himself, "I will never be upended, because I experience no calamity." 6They say to themselves, "We will not be moved throughout all time, and we will not experience adversity."
7His mouth is full of curses and deceptive, harmful words; his tongue injures and destroys. 7Their mouth is full of curses, lies, and oppression, their tongues spread trouble and iniquity.
8He waits in ambush near the villages; in hidden places he kills the innocent. His eyes look for some unfortunate victim. 8They wait in ambush in the villages, they kill the innocent in secret.
9He lies in ambush in a hidden place, like a lion in a thicket; he lies in ambush, waiting to catch the oppressed; he catches the oppressed by pulling in his net. 9Their eyes secretly watch the helpless, lying in wait like a lion in his den. They lie in wait to catch the afflicted. They catch the afflicted when they pull him into their net.
10His victims are crushed and beaten down; they are trapped in his sturdy nets. 10The victim is crushed, and he sinks down; the helpless fall by their might.
11He says to himself, "God overlooks it; he does not pay attention; he never notices." 11The wicked say to themselves, "God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it."
12Rise up, LORD! O God, strike him down! Do not forget the oppressed! 12Rise up, LORD! Raise your hand, God. Don't forget the afflicted!
13Why does the wicked man reject God? He says to himself, "You will not hold me accountable." 13Why do the wicked despise God and say to themselves, "God will not seek justice."?
14You have taken notice, for you always see one who inflicts pain and suffering. The unfortunate victim entrusts his cause to you; you deliver the fatherless. 14But you do see! You take note of trouble and grief in order to take the matter into your own hand. The helpless one commits himself to you; you have been the orphan's helper.
15Break the arm of the wicked and evil man! Hold him accountable for his wicked deeds, which he thought you would not discover. 15Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; so that when you seek out his wickedness you will find it no more.
16The LORD rules forever! The nations are driven out of his land. 16The LORD is king forever and ever; nations will perish from his land.
17LORD, you have heard the request of the oppressed; you make them feel secure because you listen to their prayer. 17LORD, you heard the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen them, you will listen carefully,
18You defend the fatherless and oppressed, so that mere mortals may no longer terrorize them. 18to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed, so that men of the earth may cause terror no more.
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Psalm 9
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