1Why, Adonai, do you stand at a distance?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2The wicked in their arrogance hunt down the poor,
who get caught in the schemes they think up.
3For the wicked boasts about his lusts;
he blesses greed and despises Adonai.
4Every scheme of the wicked in his arrogance [says],
“There is no God, [so] it won’t be held against me.”
5His ways prosper at all times.
Your judgments are way up there,
so he takes no notice.
His adversaries? He scoffs at them all.
6In his heart he thinks, “I will never be shaken;
I won’t meet trouble, not now or ever.”
7His mouth is full of curses, deceit, oppression;
under his tongue, mischief and injustice.
8He waits near settlements in ambush
and kills an innocent man in secret;
his eyes are on the hunt for the helpless.
9Lurking unseen like a lion in his lair,
he lies in wait to pounce on the poor,
then seizes the poor and drags him off in his net.
10Yes, he stoops, crouches down low;
and the helpless wretch falls into his clutches.
11He says in his heart, “God forgets,
he hides his face, he will never see.”
12Arise, Adonai! God, raise your hand!
Don’t forget the humble!
13Why does the wicked despise God
and say in his heart, “It won’t be held against me”?
14You have seen; for you look at mischief and grief,
so that you can take the matter in hand.
The helpless commits himself to you;
you help the fatherless.
15Break the arm of the wicked!
As for the evil man,
search out his wickedness
until there is none left.
16Adonai is king forever and ever!
The nations have vanished from his land.
17Adonai, you have heard what the humble want;
you encourage them and listen to them,
18to give justice to the fatherless and oppressed,
so that no one on earth will strike terror again.