1Why, Lord, do You stand far away in times of trial and pain?
2The wicked ones in arrogance afflict the weak for gain.
Let them be caught in schemes they plan; the wicked boast indeed!
3They’re proud of cravings in their heart, they love the life of greed.
4In his pride he does not seek God; the Lord’s not in his mind,
5He prospers in his haughtiness, Your laws he will not find.
6The wicked sneers at all his foes, “For nothing can shake me.”
“I’ll always know this happiness, and trouble I’ll not see.”
7His mouth is full of lies and threats; evil is on his tongue.
8He waits to ambush innocent, to murder old or young.
9For victims he in secret waits, like lions wait for prey;
They catch the helpless in their net, and drag them off to slay.
10He crushes them and sees them fall, and does not hide in shame.
11He says, “God has forgotten this, and on me there’s no blame.”
12Arise, O Lord, lift up Your hand; forget not those in need!
13Why, Lord, do they revile Your name, and think you won’t take heed?
14But, You, O God, see all our grief; You take it all to mind;
The helpless knows You are his help, a father orphans find.
15O break the arm of evil men; call them before Your throne;
May all their deeds come into light, in judgment be made known.
16The Lord is King for evermore, the nations will not stand;
17O Lord, You hear all of our cries, the needy in the land.
18For You defend the fatherless; on sinners wrath You pour;
So that the wicked of this earth may terrify no more.