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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