101Why are you so far away, O LORD?
Why do you hide yourself when we are in trouble?
2The wicked are proud and persecute the poor;
catch them in the traps they have made.
3The wicked are proud of their evil desires;
the greedy curse and reject the LORD.
4The wicked do not care about the LORD;
in their pride they think that God doesn't matter.
5The wicked succeed in everything.
They cannot understand God's judgements;
they sneer at their enemies.
6They say to themselves, “I will never fail;
I will never be in trouble.”
Their speech is filled with curses, lies, and threats;
they are quick to speak hateful, evil words.
8They hide themselves in the villages,
waiting to murder innocent people.
They spy on their helpless victims;
9they wait in their hiding places like lions.
They lie in wait for the poor;
they catch them in their traps and drag them away.
10The helpless victims lie crushed;
brute strength has defeated them.
11The wicked say to themselves, “God doesn't care!
He has closed his eyes and will never see me!”
12O LORD, punish those wicked people!
Remember those who are suffering!
13How can the wicked despise God
and say to themselves, “He will not punish me”?
14But you do see; you take notice of trouble and suffering
and are always ready to help.
The helpless commit themselves to you;
you have always helped the needy.
15Break the power of wicked and evil people;
punish them for the wrong they have done
until they do it no more.
16The LORD is king for ever and ever.
Those who worship other gods
will vanish from his land.
17You will listen, O LORD, to the prayers of the lowly;
you will give them courage.
18You will hear the cries of the oppressed and the orphans;
you will judge in their favour,
so that mortal men may cause terror no more.
111I trust in the LORD for safety.
How foolish of you to say to me,
“Fly away like a bird to the mountains,11.1 Some ancient translations like a bird to the mountains; Hebrew bird, to your (plural) mountains.
2because the wicked have drawn their bows and aimed their arrows
to shoot from the shadows at good people.
3There is nothing a good person can do
when everything falls apart.”
4The LORD is in his holy temple;
he has his throne in heaven.
He watches people everywhere
and knows what they are doing.
5He examines the good and the wicked alike;
the lawless he hates with all his heart.
6He sends down flaming coals11.6 One ancient translation coals; Hebrew traps. and burning sulphur on the wicked;
he punishes them with scorching winds.
7The LORD is righteous and loves good deeds;
those who do them will live in his presence.
121Help us, LORD!
There is not a good person left;
honest people can no longer be found.
2All of them lie to one another;
they deceive each other with flattery.
3Silence those flattering tongues, O LORD!
Close those boastful mouths that say,
4“With our words we get what we want.
We will say what we wish,
and no one can stop us.”
5“But now I will come,” says the LORD,
“because the needy are oppressed
and the persecuted groan in pain.
I will give them the security they long for.”
6The promises of the LORD can be trusted;
they are as genuine as silver
refined seven times in the furnace.
7-8The wicked are everywhere,
and everyone praises what is evil.
Keep us always safe, O LORD,
and preserve us from such people.