December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Why, LORD, do you stand at a distance and pay no heed to these troubled times?
- Arrogant scoundrels pursue the poor; they trap them by their cunning schemes.
- The wicked even boast of their greed; these robbers curse and scorn the LORD.
- In their insolence the wicked boast: "God doesn't care, doesn't even exist."
- Yet their affairs always succeed; they ignore your judgment on high; they sneer at all who oppose them.
- They say in their hearts, "We will never fall; never will we see misfortune."
- Their mouths are full of oaths, violence, and lies; discord and evil are under their tongues.
- They wait in ambush near towns; their eyes watch for the helpless. to murder the innocent in secret.
- They lurk in ambush like lions in a thicket, hide there to trap the poor, snare them and close the net.
- The helpless are crushed, laid low; they fall into the power of the wicked,
- Who say in their hearts, "God pays no attention, shows no concern, never bothers to look."
- Rise up, LORD God! Raise your arm! Do not forget the poor!
- Why should the wicked scorn God, say in their hearts, "God doesn't care"?
- But you do see; you do observe this misery and sorrow; you take the matter in hand. To you the helpless can entrust their cause; you are the defender of orphans.
- Break the arms of the wicked and depraved; make them account for their crimes; let none of them survive.
- The LORD is king forever; the nations have vanished from God's land.
- You listen, LORD, to the needs of the poor; you encourage them and hear their prayers.
- You win justice for the orphaned and oppressed; no one on earth will cause terror again.
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