A Prayer for Help 10 1Why are you far away, LORD? Why do you hide yourself when I am in trouble? 2Proud and brutal people hunt down the poor. But let them get caught by their own evil plans!   3The wicked brag about their deepest desires. Those greedy people hate and curse you, LORD. 4The wicked are too proud to turn to you or even think about you. 5They are always successful, though they can't understand your teachings, and they keep sneering at their enemies.   6In their hearts they say, “Nothing can hurt us! We'll always be happy and free from trouble.” 7 They curse and tell lies, and all they talk about is how to be cruel or how to do wrong.   8They hide outside villages, waiting to strike and murder some innocent victim. 9They are hungry lions hiding in the bushes, hoping to catch some helpless passerby. They trap the poor in nets and drag them away. 10They crouch down and wait to grab a victim. 11They say, “God can't see! He's got on a blindfold.”   12Do something, LORD God, and use your powerful arm to help those in need. 13The wicked don't respect you. In their hearts they say, “God won't punish us!”   14But you see the trouble and the distress, and you will do something. The poor can count on you, and so can orphans. 15Now break the power of all merciless people. Punish them for doing wrong and make them stop.   16Our LORD, you will always rule, but every godless nation will vanish from the earth. 17You listen to the longings of those who suffer. You offer them hope, and you pay attention to their cries for help. 18You defend orphans and everyone else in need, so that no one on earth can terrify others again.
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