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Psalm 10

(from Day 2 Morning Prayer)

Ut quid, Domine?

  1. WHY standest thou so far off, O Lord: and hidest thy face in the needful time of trouble?
  2. The ungodly for his own lust doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined.
  3. For the ungodly hath made boast of his own heart's desire: and speaketh good of the covetous, whom God abhorreth.
  4. The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God ; neither is God in all his thoughts.
  5. His ways are alway grievous: thy judgements are far above out of his sight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.
  6. For he hath said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down: there shall no harm happen unto me.
  7. His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud: under his tongue is ungodliness and vanity.
  8. He sitteth lurking in the thievish corners of the streets: and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are set against the poor.
  9. For he lieth waiting secretly, even as a lion lurketh he in his den: that he may ravish the poor.
  10. He doth ravish the poor: when he getteth him into his net.
  11. He falleth down, and humbleth himself: that the congregation of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.
  12. He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten: he hideth away his face, and he will never see it.
  13. Arise, O Lord God, and lift up thine hand: forget not the poor.
  14. Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God: while he doth say in his heart, Tush, thou God carest not for it.
  15. Surely thou hast seen it: for thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong.
  16. That thou mayest take the matter into thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; for thou art the helper of the friendless.
  17. Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious: take away his ungodliness, and thou shalt find none.
  18. The Lord is King for ever and ever: and the heathen are perished out of the land.
  19. Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the poor: thou preparest their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth thereto;
  20. To help the fatherless and poor unto their right: that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them.