Ut quid, Domine?

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 perse- | -cute 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 the LORD 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 judgments are far above out of his sight, and therefore de- | -fieth• 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, de- | -ceit, and fraud;

* under his tongue is un- | -godliness 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;

* for- | -get not the poor.

14 Wherefore should the wicked blas- | -pheme 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, that thou mayest take the matter | into thy hand.

16 The poor committeth himself | unto thee;

* for thou art the | helper of the friendless.

17 Break thou the power of the ungodly | and malicious;

* search out his ungodliness, un- | -til thou 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;

20 To help the fatherless and poor | unto• their right,

* that the man of the earth be no | more ex•alted• against them.

Glory be to the Father, and | to the Son,

* and | to the Holy Ghost,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and | ever shall be,

* world without | end.  Amen.