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Psalm 10. Ut quid, Domine?

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Second Day - Morning Prayer.
  1. Why do you stand so far off, O Lord, *
    and hide yourself in time of trouble?
  2. The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor, *
    but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised.
  3. The wicked boast of their heart's desire; *
    the covetous curse and revile the Lord.
  4. The wicked are so proud that they care not for God; *
    their only thought is, "God does not matter."
  5. Their ways are devious at all times; your judgments are far above out of their sight; *
    they defy all their enemies.
  6. They say in their heart, "I shall not be shaken; *
    no harm shall happen to me ever."
  7. Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression; *
    under their tongue are mischief and wrong.
  8. They lurk in ambush in public squares and in secret places they murder the innocent; *
    they spy out the helpless.
  9. 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.
  10. The innocent are broken and humbled before them; *
    the helpless fall before their power.
  11. They say in their heart, "God has forgotten; *
    he hides his face; he will never notice."
  12. Rise up, O Lord; lift up your hand, O God; *
    do not forget the afflicted.
  13. Why should the wicked revile God? *
    why should they say in their heart, "You do not care"?
  14. Surely, you behold trouble and misery; *
    you see it and take it into your own hand.
  15. The helpless commit themselves to you, *
    for you are the helper of orphans.
  16. Break the power of the wicked and evil; *
    search out their wickedness until you find none.
  17. The Lord is King for ever and ever; *
    the ungodly shall perish from his land.
  18. The Lord will hear the desire of the humble; *
    you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;
  19. To give justice to the orphan and oppressed, *
    so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.
* An asterisk divides a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading

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