A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.
1Why dost Thou stand afar off, O LORD?
2In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted;
3For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire,
4The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him.
5His ways prosper at all times;
6He says to himself, “I shall not be moved;
7His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression;
8He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
9He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair;
10He crouches, he bows down,
11He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
12Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Thy hand.
13Why has the wicked spurned God?
14Thou hast seen it, for Thou hast beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Thy hand.
15Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,
16The LORD is King forever and ever;
17O LORD, Thou hast heard the desire of the humble;
18To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,