Psalm 10

1 Why do you stand far off, O Lord:
    why do you hide your face in time of need?
2 The ungodly in their pride persecute the poor:
    let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
3 For the ungodly boast of their heart's desire:
    they grasp at profit, they spurn and blaspheme the Lord.
4 They say in their arrogance 'God will not avenge:' 'There is no God' is all their thought.
5 They are settled in all their ways:
    your statutes, O Lord, are far above them, and they do not see.
6 They snort defiance at their enemies, they say in their heart 'I shall never be shaken:
    I shall walk secure from anyone's curse.'
7 Their mouths are full of oppression and deceit:
    mischief and wickedness lie under their tongue.
8 They skulk about in the villages:
    and secretly murder the innocent.
9 Their eyes watch out for the helpless:
    they lurk concealed like a lion in a thicket.
10 They lie in wait to seize upon the poor:
    they lay hold on the poor and drag them off in their nets.
11 The upright are crushed and humbled before them:
    and the helpless fall into their power.
12 They say in their heart 'God has forgotten:
    he has covered his face and sees nothing.'
13 Arise, O Lord God, lift up your hand:
    forget not the poor for ever.
14 Why should the wicked spurn God:
    why should they say in their heart 'He will not avenge'?
15 Surely you see the trouble and the sorrow:
    you look on, and will take it into your own hands.
16 The helpless commit themselves to you:
    for you are the helper of the fatherless.
17 Break the power of the ungodly:
    search out their wickedness till it is found no more.
18 The Lord is king for ever and ever:
    the heathen have perished from his land.
19 You have heard the longing of the meek, O Lord:
    you turned your ear to their hearts' desire,
20 To help the poor and fatherless to their right:
    that they may no more be terrified from their land.