Psalms 10


1 Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor; let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.

4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God; God is not in all his thoughts.

5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

6 For he hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved; never in adversity.

7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit; and his heart is full of fraud; and under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages; in the secret places doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are privily set against the poor.

9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den; he lieth in wait to catch the poor; he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

10 He croucheth to the strong ones, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his devices.

11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten; he hideth his face; he will never see it.

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand; forget not the humble.

13 The wicked condemn God; wherefore he doth say in his heart, Thou wilt not require iniquity at my hand.

14 O Lord, thou hast seen all this, for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand. The poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

15 O Lord, thou wilt break the arm of the wicked, and of the evil; and seek out his wickedness until thou find none that remain.

16 And the Lord shall be king forever and ever over his people; for the wicked shall perish out of his land.

17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble; thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear;

18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth many no more oppress.


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