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1 O Lord, why do you stand so far away?
Why do you hide when I am in trouble?
2 The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.
Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.
3 For they brag about their evil desires;
they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.
4 The wicked are too proud to seek God.
They seem to think that God is dead.
5 Yet they succeed in everything they do.
They do not see your punishment awaiting them.
They sneer at all their enemies.
6 They think, ‚ÄúNothing bad will ever happen to us!
We will be free of trouble forever!‚Äù
7 Their mouths are full of cursing, lies, and threats.[a]
Trouble and evil are on the tips of their tongues.
8 They lurk in ambush in the villages,
waiting to murder innocent people.
They are always searching for helpless victims.
9 Like lions crouched in hiding,
they wait to pounce on the helpless.
Like hunters they capture the helpless
and drag them away in nets.
10 Their helpless victims are crushed;
they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.
11 The wicked think, ‚ÄúGod isn‚Äôt watching us!
He has closed his eyes and won‚Äôt even see what we do!‚Äù
12 Arise, O Lord!
Punish the wicked, O God!
Do not ignore the helpless!
13 Why do the wicked get away with despising God?
They think, ‚ÄúGod will never call us to account.‚Äù
14 But you see the trouble and grief they cause.
You take note of it and punish them.
The helpless put their trust in you.
You defend the orphans.
15 Break the arms of these wicked, evil people!
Go after them until the last one is destroyed.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever!
The godless nations will vanish from the land.
17 Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless.
Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,
so mere people can no longer terrify them.
James 5:1-9 this week…
For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated
of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of
those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven‚Äôs Armies.
You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every
desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you.
Patience and Endurance
7 Dear brothers and sisters,
be patient as you wait for the Lord‚Äôs return. Consider the farmers who
patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They
eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. 8 You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.