Why Do You Hide Yourself?
1Why, O Lord, do you stand #Ps. 22:1, 11, 19; 35:22; 38:21 far away?
Why #Ps. 13:1 do you hide yourself in #Ps. 9:9times of trouble?
2In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them #[Ps. 7:15, 16]be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
3For the wicked #Ps. 94:4; [Isa. 3:9] boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain #ver. 13 curses#10:3 Or and he blesses the one greedy for gain and #Job 1:5, 11renounces the Lord.
4In the pride of his face#10:4 Or of his anger the wicked does not #[See ver. 3 above] seek him;#10:4 Or the wicked says, “He will not call to account”
all his thoughts are, #Ps. 14:1; 53:1“There is no God.”
5His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, #[Isa. 26:11] out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he #Ps. 12:5puffs at them.
6He #ver. 11, 13 says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I #[Rev. 18:7]shall not meet adversity.”
7 # Cited Rom. 3:14 His mouth is filled with cursing and #Ps. 36:3 deceit and #Ps. 55:11; 72:14 oppression;
Job 20:12; [Ps. 140:3; Song 4:11] under his tongue are #Ps. 7:14 mischief and #Ps. 5:5; 6:8iniquity.
8He sits in ambush in the villages;
in #Ps. 17:12; 64:4; [Hab. 3:14]hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9he lurks in ambush like #Ps. 17:12 a lion in his #Job 38:40 thicket;
he #Ps. 59:3; Mic. 7:2 lurks that he may seize the poor;
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his #Ps. 9:15net.
10The helpless are crushed, sink down,
and fall by his might.
11He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
he has #[Ps. 73:11]; Job 22:13 hidden his face, he #Ps. 94:7; Ezek. 8:12; 9:9; [Zeph. 1:12]will never see it.”
12 # See Ps. 3:7 Arise, O Lord; O God, #Mic. 5:9 lift up your hand;
Ps. 9:12, 18 forget not the afflicted.
13Why does the wicked #ver. 3 renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not #Ps. 9:12call to account”?
14But you do see, for you #Ps. 33:13 note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless #2 Tim. 1:12; 1 Pet. 4:19 commits himself;
you have been #Ps. 68:5; 146:9; Hos. 14:3the helper of the fatherless.
15 # See Ps. 37:17 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
# [Ps. 37:36; Isa. 41:12] call his wickedness to account till you find none.
Ps. 29:10; Ex. 15:18; Jer. 10:10; Lam. 5:19; Dan. 4:34; 6:26; 1 Tim. 1:17; Rev. 11:15 The Lord is king forever and ever;
the #Deut. 8:20nations perish from his land.
17O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will #1 Chr. 29:18strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18to #Ps. 82:3; [Isa. 1:17; 11:4] do justice to the fatherless and #Ps. 9:9; 74:21 the oppressed,
so that #Ps. 9:19, 20; 17:14man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.