Psalms 10. Ut quid, Domine ?
WHY standest thou so far off, O LORD, * and hidest thy face in
the needful time of trouble?
2 The ungodly, for his own lust, doth persecute the poor: * let
them be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined.
3 For the ungodly hath made boast of his own heart's desire,
* and speaketh good of the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
4 The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God, * neither
is God in all his thoughts.
5 His ways are alway grievous; * thy judgments are far above
out of his sight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.
6 For he hath said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast
down, * there shall no harm happen unto me.
7 His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud; * under his
tongue is ungodliness and vanity.
8 He sitteth lurking in the thievish corners of the streets,
* and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent;
his eyes are set against the poor.
9 For he lieth waiting secretly; even as a lion lurketh he in
his den, * that he may ravish the poor.
10 He doth ravish the poor, * when he getteth him into his net.
11 He falleth down, and humbleth himself, * that the congregation
of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.
12 He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten; * he
hideth away his face, and he will never see it.
13 Arise, O LORD God, and lift up thine hand; * forget not the
14 Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God, * while he doth
say in his heart, Tush, thou God carest not for it?
15 Surely thou hast seen it; * for thou beholdest ungodliness
and wrong, that thou mayest take the matter into thy hand.
16 The poor committeth himself unto thee; * for thou art the
helper of the friendless.
17 Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious; * search
out his ungodliness, until thou find none.
18 The LORD is King for ever and ever, * and the heathen are
perished out of the land.
19 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the poor; * thou preparest
their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth;
20 To help the fatherless and poor unto their right, * that the
man of the earth be no more exalted against them.