Psalm 10  Why Do You Stand Afar Off, O Lord?

Tune: chorus of #39 “Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice
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1  Why is it    that Thou, LORD,
dost stand from us afar?
Why do You   hide Yourself
 when times so troublous are?
2  Wicked in loftiness the lowly oppress.
They will be ensnared in their own craftiness,
3 for wicked  praises the
desire of his soul great.
and blesses covetous,
 while the LORD he does hate.
4  Wicked, his nose turned up, seeks not in his thoughts.
All his purposes say, There's no place for God.
5  His ways always succeed.
Thy judgments, from his sight,
are too high. All his foes
 he puffs at with despite.
6  Within his heart says he, Moved I'll never be,
to all generations, no adversity.
7  His mouth with  fraud, deceit,
is filled up with cursing;
and under his tongue is
 mischief and vanity.
8  In towns, he sets ambush, (8.1) he slays innocents.
His eyes secretly watch for unfortunates,
9  lies in wait   secretly,
like lion in thicket,
lies in wait for needy,
 draws him into his net.
10 Himself he humbles low, crouches down withal,
so that unfortunates by his strong ones fall.
11 He has said   in his heart,
The Lord has quite forgot;
He hides His face, and He
 forever sees it not.
12 O LORD God, do arise. Lift up your hand. Yet,
The lowly, meek, suff'ring, You'll never forget.
13 Why is it   the wicked
thus does the Lord despise?
That God will it require
 he in his heart denies. (13.1)
14 You've seen it. Their mischief and spite You'll repay. (14.1)
The wretch trusts self to Thee. You're the orphan's stay.
15 The arm break of wicked,
and of the evil one.
Seek out his   wickedness,
 until Thou findest none.
16 The LORD's King forever to eternity.
The nations from His land perish'd utterly.
17 O LORD God,   the humble,
their desire You did hear.
Thou prepare their heart, and
 will cause Your ear to hear
18 to judge the fatherless and those oppressed sore,
that mortal man of earth oppress them no more.
8.1. Lit. He sits in the luking places of the villages. In the secret places ... 
13.1. Lit. He has said in his heart, You will not require it. 
14.1. Lit. You have seen, For You Yourself behold mischief and strife to repay by Your hand.

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Matt 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she  came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, {1} a greater than Solomon is here.
13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a merchant seeking goodly pearls:
46 and having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Rev 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the several gates was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
Ps 30:6 And I, in my prosperity, I said I shall never be moved.
7 LORD, by Your favor You made my mountain to stand strong.
You hid Your face from me. I was troubled.
Matt 22:4  Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5  But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may acquire a wise heart.