1 Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? [why] hidest thou [thyself] inAs soon as we enter into affliction, we think God should help us, but that is not always his due time.times of trouble?
2 The wicked with pride doeth persecute the poore: let them be taken in the craftes that they haue imagined.
3 For the wickedThe wicked man rejoices in his own lust he boasts when he has that he would; he brags of his wit and wealth and blesses himself and thus blasphemes the Lord.boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, [whom] the LORD abhorreth.
4 The wicked is so proude that hee seeketh not for God: hee thinketh alwayes, There is no God.
5 His wayes alway prosper: thy iudgements are hie aboue his sight: therefore defieth he all his enemies.
6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for [I shall]The evil will not touch me, (Isa_28:15) or else he speaks thus because he never felt evil.never [be] in adversity.
7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceite and fraude: vnder his tongue is mischiefe and iniquitie.
8 He shows that the wicked have many ways to hide their cruelty and therefore should be even more feared.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 poor.
9 He lyeth in waite secretly, euen as a lyon in his denne: he lyeth in waite to spoyle the poore: he doeth spoyle the poore, when he draweth him into his net.
10 He croucheth, [and] humbleth himself, that theBy the hypocrisy of them who have authority the poor are devoured.poor may fall by his strong ones.
11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten, he hideth away his face, and will neuer see.
12 He calls to God for help, because wickedness is so far overgrown that God must help now or never.Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt notTherefore you must punish their blasphemy.require [it].
14 Thou hast seen [it]; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, toTo judge between the right and the wrong.requite [it] with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil [man]: seek out his wickedness [till] thou findFor you have utterly destroyed him.none.
16 The LORD [is] King for ever and ever: theThe hypocrites or such as live not after God's law, will be destroyed.heathen are perished out of his land.
17 Lorde, thou hast heard the desire of the poore: thou preparest their heart: thou bendest thine eare to them,
18 God helps when man's help ceases.To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.