Why have you forsaken us, Ô LORD?
How long will you turn a deaf ear to our cries?
How long will the wicked roam free
And say, “There is no God watching”?
Oh that you would punish the evildoers for their evil deeds.
Why do you delay, Ô God?
Listen to the cries of your sons and daughters.
Give justice to those who knock on your door day and night.
What is our wrongdoing that we should suffer instead of the wicked?
Why does the Godless succeed in all his ways
While we strive desperately for peace in the land?
Our fathers have sinned and their sins are on us.
Their bloodshed is on our hands.
Forgive them Father, forgive their sins.
Forgive the sins of their youth and remember not their transgressions.
We come to you as a new generation that seeks your face,
As a generation that renounces the evil acts our fathers have passed on to us.
Remember us not according to their iniquities as great as they are.
Remember us according to your goodness,
Because of your steadfast love.
Oh that you would remove the wicked from among us.
Uproot the evildoers from their seats of authority.
Blot out their names from all remembrance.
May their names be remembered no more,
May the mentioning of their names become an abomination.
For you, Ô LORD, give and you take away.
You, Ô God, open and only you can shut.
You plant and you uproot, you build and you alone can tear down.
Listen to the prayers of your saints and turn them not in your anger.
For we trust in your abundant mercy and your love that endures forever.
No longer will we trust in man and hope that is deceiving.
To you we lift our eyes for we have heard what you have done of old.
We have heard of your outstretched arm and have come to know you.
We have seen your faithfulness and have come to behold your glory.
Teach us your paths and lead us in the way everlasting.
Purge the evil from among us,
May his name be remembered no more.