1Why do you stand so far away, LORD,
hiding yourself in troubling times?
2Meanwhile, the wicked are proudly
in hot pursuit of those who suffer.
Let them get caught
in the very same schemes they’ve thought up!
3The wicked brag about their body’s#Or soul’s cravings;
the greedy reject the LORD, cursing.
4At the peak of their wrath,
the wicked don’t seek God:
There’s no God—
that’s what they are always thinking.
5Their ways are always twisted.
Your rules are too lofty for them.
They snort at all their foes.
6They think to themselves,
We’ll never stumble.
We’ll never encounter any resistance.
7Their mouths are filled
with curses, dishonesty, violence.
Under their tongues lie
troublemaking and wrongdoing.
8They wait in a place perfect for ambush;#Heb uncertain
from their hiding places
they kill innocent people;
their eyes spot those who are helpless.
9They lie in ambush
in secret places,
like a lion in its lair.
They lie in ambush
so they can seize those who suffer!
They seize the poor, all right,
dragging them off in their nets.
10Their helpless victims are crushed;
they collapse, falling prey to the strength of the wicked.
11The wicked think to themselves:
God has forgotten.
God has hidden his face.
God never sees anything!
12Get up, LORD!
Get your fist ready, God!
Don’t forget the ones who suffer!
13Why do the wicked reject God?
Why do they think to themselves
that you won’t find out?
14But you do see!
You do see troublemaking and grief,
and you do something about it!
The helpless leave it all to you.
You are the orphan’s helper.
15Break the arms of those
who are wicked and evil.
Seek out their wickedness
until there’s no more to find.
16The LORD rules forever and always!
The nations will vanish from his land.
17LORD, you listen to the desires of those who suffer.
You steady their hearts;
you listen closely to them,
18to establish justice
for the orphan and the oppressed,
so that people of the land
will never again be terrified.