The Daily Office

according to the Book of Common Prayer, 2019
Anglican Church in North America

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Psalm 10

Ut quid, Domine?

1 Why do you stand so far off, O Lord,*

and hide your face in the time of need and trouble?

2 The ungodly in his pride persecutes the poor;*

let him be taken in the crafty schemes that he has imagined.

3 For the ungodly has boasted of his own heart's desire;*

the covetous holds the Lord in contempt and blasphemes his Name.

4 The ungodly is so proud that he cares not for God;*

neither is God in any of his thoughts.

5 His ways are always grievous;*

your judgments are far above, out of his sight, and therefore he defies all his enemies.

6 For he has said in his heart, "I shall never be cast down;*

no harm shall happen to me."

7 His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud;*

under his tongue are ungodliness and vanity.

8 He sits lurking in the thievish corners of the streets, and in his hiding places he murders the innocent;*

his eyes are set against the poor.

9 For he lies waiting secretly, even as a lion lurks in his den,*

that he may ravish the poor.

10 He ravishes the poor*

when he gets him into his net.

11 The innocent is crushed and humbled before him,*

and the weak cannot stand against his might.

12 He has said in his heart, "God has forgotten;*

he hides away his face, and he will never see it."

13 Arise, O Lord God, and lift up your hand;*

forget not the poor.

14 Why should the wicked blaspheme God,*

while he says in his heart, "You, O God, do not care"?

15 Surely you have seen it, for you behold ungodliness and wrong,*

that you may take the matter into your hand.

16 The poor commits himself unto you,*

for you are the helper of the fatherless.

17 Break the power of the ungodly and malicious;*

search out his ungodliness until you have brought it all to light.

18 The Lord is King for ever and ever,*

and the nations have perished out of the land.

19 O Lord, you have heard the desire of the poor;*

you prepare their heart, and your ear hearkens to it,

29 To help the fatherless and poor with justice,*

that the one who is of the earth may terrify no more.

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