1 Why standest thou afar off, O Jehovah?
Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble ?
2 In the pride of the wicked the poor is hotly pursued;
Let them be taken in the devices that they have
3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire,
And the covetous renounceth, yea, contemneth Jehovah.
4 The wicked, in the pride of his countenance, saith, He
will not require it.
All his thoughts are, There is no God.
5 His ways are firm at all times;
Thy judgments are far above out of his sight:
As for all his adversaries, he puffeth at them.
6 He saith in his heart, I shall not be moved;
To all generations I shall not be in adversity.
7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression:
Under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.
1-4. The evil do evil to the good and deny God, and are hypocrites and deceitful. P. P.
8 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 helpless.
9 He lurketh in secret as a lion in his covert;
He lieth in wait to catch the poor:
He doth catch the poor, when he draweth him in his
10 He croucheth, he boweth down,
And the helpless fall by his strong ones.
11 He saith in his heart: God hath forgotten,
He hideth his face, he will never see it.
12 Arise, O Jehovah; O God, lift up thy hand:
Forget not the poor.
9 In these passages the needy mean those who are in ignorance of truth and desire to be instructed. A. 9209.
13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God,
And say in his heart, Thou wilt not require it?
11-13. “Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God?” (Elohim) speaking of power from truths. A. 4402.
14 Thou hast seen it: for thou beholdest mischief and
spite, to requite it with thy hand:
The helpless committeth himself unto thee;
Thou hast been the helper of the fatherless.
12-18 Prayer to the Father for their requital, and for judgment upon them. P. P.
15 Break thou the arm of the wicked;
And as for the evil man, seek out his wickedness till
thou find none.
15 That the hands, arms, and shoulders correspond to power in the Greatest Man, is because the strength and powers of the whole body and of all its viscera have reference to them, for the body exerts its powers and strength by the arms and hands. A. 4933-
16 Jehovah is King for ever and ever:
The nations are perished out of his land.
17 Jehovah, thou hast heard the desire of the meek:
Thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine
ear to hear;
18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed,
That man who is of the earth may be terrible no more.
16 That an age when it is spoken of heaven, where there is no end, and of the Lord signifies what is eternal is manifest also from Exodus xv. 18: Psalm cxlv, 13, A. 10248.
Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)