Psalm 10. Ut quid, Domine?
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Second Day - Morning Prayer.
- Why do you stand so far off, O Lord, *
and hide yourself in time of trouble?
- The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor, *
but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised.
- The wicked boast of their heart's desire; *
the covetous curse and revile the Lord.
- The wicked are so proud that they care not for God; *
their only thought is, "God does not matter."
- Their ways are devious at all times; your judgments are far above out of their sight; *
they defy all their enemies.
- They say in their heart, "I shall not be shaken; *
no harm shall happen to me ever."
- Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression; *
under their tongue are mischief and wrong.
- They lurk in ambush in public squares and in secret places they murder the innocent; *
they spy out the helpless.
- They lie in wait, like a lion in a covert; they lie in wait to seize upon the lowly; *
they seize the lowly and drag them away in their net.
- The innocent are broken and humbled before them; *
the helpless fall before their power.
- They say in their heart, "God has forgotten; *
he hides his face; he will never notice."
- Rise up, O Lord; lift up your hand, O God; *
do not forget the afflicted.
- Why should the wicked revile God? *
why should they say in their heart, "You do not care"?
- Surely, you behold trouble and misery; *
you see it and take it into your own hand.
- The helpless commit themselves to you, *
for you are the helper of orphans.
- Break the power of the wicked and evil; *
search out their wickedness until you find none.
- The Lord is King for ever and ever; *
the ungodly shall perish from his land.
- The Lord will hear the desire of the humble; *
you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;
- To give justice to the orphan and oppressed, *
so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.
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