One Year Pray for Life Sampler - Flipbook - Page 54
sin, they suffered within themselves the pen
alty they deserved.
28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowl
edge God, he abandoned them to their foolish
thinking and let them do things that should
never be done. 29 Their lives became full of
every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate,
envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious
behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers,
haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful.
They invent new ways of sinning, and they
disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to under
stand, break their promises, are heartless, and
have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice re
quires that those who do these things deserve
to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet,
they encourage others to do them, too.
1:18 Or who, by their wickedness, prevent the truth from being
O Lord, why do you stand so far away?
Why do you hide when I am in trouble?
The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.
Let them be caught in the evil they plan
For they brag about their evil desires;
they praise the greedy and curse the
The wicked are too proud to seek God.
They seem to think that God is dead.
Yet they succeed in everything they do.
They do not see your punishment
They sneer at all their enemies.
They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen
We will be free of trouble forever!”
Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and
Trouble and evil are on the tips of their
They lurk in ambush in the villages,
waiting to murder innocent people.
They are always searching for helpless
Like lions crouched in hiding,
they wait to pounce on the helpless.
Like hunters they capture the helpless
and drag them away in nets.
Their helpless victims are crushed;
they fall beneath the strength of the
The wicked think, “God isn’t watching us!
He has closed his eyes and won’t even
see what we do!”
Arise, O Lord!
Punish the wicked, O God!
Do not ignore the helpless!
Why do the wicked get away with
They think, “God will never call us to
But you see the trouble and grief they
You take note of it and punish them.
The helpless put their trust in you.
You defend the orphans.
Break the arms of these wicked, evil
Go after them until the last one is
10:7 Greek version reads cursing and bitterness. Compare
Many seek favors from a ruler;
everyone is the friend of a person who
The relatives of the poor despise them;
how much more will their friends avoid
Though the poor plead with them,
their friends are gone.
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