King James Translators' Notes
Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
The wicked...: Heb. In the pride of the wicked he doth persecute
For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
heart's: Heb. soul's
blesseth...: or, the covetous blesseth himself, he abhorreth the LORD
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
God is...: or, all his thoughts are, There is no God
His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
never: Heb. unto generation and generation
His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
deceit: Heb. deceits
vanity: or, iniquity
He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
are...: Heb. hide themselves
He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
secretly: Heb. in the secret places
He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
He...: Heb. He breaketh himself
by...: or, into his strong parts
He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
humble: or, afflicted
Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
committeth: Heb. leaveth
Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
prepare: or, establish
To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.
oppress: or, terrify