The just man’s confidence in God in the midst of persecutions.

[1] Why, O Lord, hast thou retired afar off? why dost thou slight us in our wants, in the time of trouble? [2] Whilst the wicked man is proud, the poor is set on fire: they are caught in the counsels which they devise. [3] For the sinner is praised in the desires of his soul: and the unjust man is blessed. [4] The sinner hath provoked the Lord according to the multitude of his wrath he will not seek him: [5] God is not before his eyes: his ways are filthy at all times. Thy judgments are removed from his sight: he shall rule over all his enemies.

[6] For he hath said in his heart: I shall not be moved from generation to generation, and shall be without evil. [7] His mouth is full of cursing, and of bitterness, and of deceit: under his tongue are labour and sorrow. [8] He sitteth in ambush with the rich in private places, that he may kill the innocent. [9] His eyes are upon the poor man: He lieth in wait in secret like a lion in his den. He lieth in ambush that he may catch the poor man: to catch the poor, whilst he draweth him to him. [10] In his net he will bring him down, he will crouch and fall, when he shall have power over the poor.

[11] For he hath said in his heart: God hath forgotten, he hath turned away his face not to see to the end. [12] Arise, O Lord God, let thy hand be exalted: forget not the poor. [13] Wherefore hath the wicked provoked God? for he hath said in his heart: He will not require it. [14] Thou seest it, for thou considerest labour and sorrow: that thou mayst deliver them into thy hands. To thee is the poor man left: thou wilt be a helper to the orphan. [15] Break thou the arm of the sinner and of the malignant: his sin shall be sought, and shall not be found.

[16] The Lord shall reign to eternity, yea, for ever and ever: ye Gentiles shall perish from his land. [17] The Lord hath heard the desire of the poor: thy ear hath heard the preparation of their heart. [18] To judge for the fatherless and for the humble, that man may no more presume to magnify himself upon earth.

[1] Unto the end. A psalm for David. [2] In the Lord I put my trust: how then do you say to my soul: Get thee away from hence to the mountain like a sparrow? [3] For, lo, the wicked have bent their bow; they have prepared their arrows in the quiver; to shoot in the dark the upright of heart. [4] For they have destroyed the things which thou hast made: but what has the just man done? [5] The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven. His eyes look on the poor man: his eyelids examine the sons of men.

[6] The Lord trieth the just and the wicked: but he that loveth iniquity hateth his own soul. [7] He shall rain snares upon sinners: fire and brimstone and storms of winds shall be the portion of their cup. [8] For the Lord is just, and hath loved justice: his countenance hath beheld righteousness.

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