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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 God 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 judgements 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 poor.
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.
16 That thou mayest take the matter into thy hand : the poor committeth himself unto thee; for thou art the helper of the friendless.
17 Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious : take away his ungodliness, and thou shalt 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 thereto;
20 To help the fatherless and poor unto their right : that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
- Revised Grail Psalter
- The Book of Psalms for Worship