| The Book of Psalms.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
|A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked|
| ||WHY standest thou afar off, O Jehovah?|
Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
| ||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.
| ||For the wicked boasteth of his hearts desire,|
And the 4 covetous renounceth, yea, contemneth 5 Jehovah.
| ||The wicked, in the pride of his countenance, saith, He will not require, it.|
All his thoughts are, There is no God.
| ||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.
| ||He saith in his heart, I shall not be moved;|
To all generations I shall not be in adversity.
| ||His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression: 7|
Under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.
| ||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
| ||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.
| ||He 9 croucheth, he boweth down,|
And the helpless 10 fall by his strong ones.
| ||He saith in his heart: God hath forgotten,|
He hideth his face, he will never see it.
| ||Arise, O Jehovah; O God, lift up thy hand:|
Forget not the poor. 11
| ||Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God,|
And say in his heart, Thou wilt not require it?
| ||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.
| ||Break thou the arm of the wicked;|
And as for the evil man, seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
| ||Jehovah is King for ever and ever:|
The nations 15 are perished out of his land.
| ||Jehovah, thou hast heard the desire of the meek:|
Thou wilt prepare 16 their heart, Thou wilt cause thine ear to hear;
| ||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]|