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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book I
A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked
[1]  WHY standest thou afar off, O Jehovah?
Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
[2]  In the pride of the wicked the 1 poor is 2 hotly pursued;
Let 3 them be taken in the devices that they have conceived.
[3]  For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire,
And the 4 covetous renounceth, yea, contemneth 5 Jehovah.
[4]  The wicked, in the pride of his countenance, saith, He will not require, it.
All his thoughts are, There is no God.
[5]  His ways are firm 6 at all times;
Thy judgments are far above out of his sight:
As for all his adversaries, he puffeth at them.
[6]  He saith in his heart, I shall not be moved;
To all generations I shall not be in adversity.
[7]  His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression: 7
Under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.
[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 helpless. 8
[9]  He lurketh in secret as a lion in his covert;
He lieth in wait to catch the poor:
He doth catch the poor, when he draweth him in his net.
[10]  He 9 croucheth, he boweth down,
And the helpless 10 fall by his strong ones.
[11]  He saith in his heart: God hath forgotten,
He hideth his face, he will never see it.
[12]  Arise, O Jehovah; O God, lift up thy hand:
Forget not the poor. 11
[13]  Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God,
And say in his heart, Thou wilt not require it?
[14]  Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief 12 and spite, to 13 requite it with thy hand:
The helpless 14 committeth himself unto thee;
Thou hast been the helper of the fatherless.
[15]  Break thou the arm of the wicked;
And as for the evil man, seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
[16]  Jehovah is King for ever and ever:
The nations 15 are perished out of his land.
[17]  Jehovah, thou hast heard the desire of the meek:
Thou wilt prepare 16 their heart, Thou wilt cause thine ear to hear;
[18]  To judge the fatherless and the oppressed,
That man who is of the earth may be terrible no more.
Note 1. Or, he doth hotly pursue the poor. [back]
Note 2. Heb. is set on fire. [back]
Note 3. Or, They are taken. [back]
Note 4. Or, blesseth the covetous, but contemneth &c. [back]
Note 5. Or, revileth. [back]
Note 6. Or, grievous. [back]
Note 7. Or, fraud. [back]
Note 8. Or, For when he maketh … he remembereth. [back]
Note 9. Another reading is, And being crushed. [back]
Note 10. Or, saving help. [back]
Note 11. Or, meek. [back]
Note 12. Or, travail and grief. [back]
Note 13. Or, to take it into thy hand. [back]
Note 14. Or, hapless. [back]
Note 15. Or, heathen. [back]
Note 16. Or, establish. [back]

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