Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
1Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?2In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—
let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
3For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,
those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.4In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it out”;
all their thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5Their ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of their sight;
as for their foes, they scoff at them.6They think in their heart, “We shall not be moved;
throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.”
7Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.8They sit in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places they murder the innocent.
Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;9they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;
they lurk that they may seize the poor;
they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.
10They stoop, they crouch,
and the helpless fall by their might.11They think in their heart, “God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
12Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
do not forget the oppressed.13Why do the wicked renounce God,
and say in their hearts, “You will not call us to account”?
14But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,
that you may take it into your hands;
the helpless commit themselves to you;
you have been the helper of the orphan.
15Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;
seek out their wickedness until you find none.16The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations shall perish from his land.
17O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear18to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
so that those from earth may strike terror no more.