LORD, wake up and help
When trouble came and God left1 LORD, what are you doing standing so far away from me?
And why do you disappear when trouble comes?
2 Bad people brag about making life miserable for some folks.
How about letting those braggers get caught in the traps they set for others?
3 Bad people brag about their goals in life, what they want most.
These greedy people reject the LORD.
They have nothing good to say about him.
4 Wicked folks are cocky and too proud to ask God for help.
They keep telling themselves, “There’s no such thing as God.”
5 They always seem successful and on solid footing.
They have no idea they’re breaking your laws.
So, they don’t fear enemies. They give them a grunt and walk on by.
6 They tell themselves, “Nothing’s going to happen to me.
There’s no trouble big enough to take me down. Never. Not a chance.”
7 Their mouths are rotten pits of cussing, lies, and threats.
Hiding under their tongues lurk evil and trouble.
8 They stalk villages and wait in ambush.
From out of nowhere they leap, and murder the innocent.
9 They hunt like a lion, blending into the brush,
Waiting for the vulnerable: the oppressed and the poor.
Then they spring onto a victim wandering into the trap.
10 The innocent collapse,
Crushed under the force of the attack,
Dispatched by the power of the claws.
11 The killers say to themselves, “God doesn’t care.
He’s off doing something else. He didn’t even see this.”
Get ready to rumble12 Get up, LORD. Make a fist and get ready to rumble.
Don’t forget what they did to the helpless of this world.
13 Why do the wicked tell God to get lost?
Why do they tell themselves God will let their sin slide?
14 But LORD, you are watching.
You see the trouble and the misery it causes.
You take matters into your own hands.
The helpless are devoted to you.
And you help the devoted, even the orphans among them.
15 Put bad people out of business.
Seek and destroy evil until it’s all gone.
16 The LORD is king, now and always.
Nations in his land have come and gone, destroyed.
17 LORD, you hear the people in trouble as they cry for help.
You’ll energize their spirit as you listen to what they say.
18 Then you’ll show the orphans and oppressed what justice looks like,
As you end the reign of terror by people who thought they were in charge.
“Claws” are implied. The phrase more literally is “by his mighty ones.” Since the metaphor is about lions, the “mighty ones” might be claws or paws.
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