“Because the poor are plundered(A) and the needy groan,(B)
    I will now arise,(C)” says the Lord.
    “I will protect them(D) from those who malign them.”

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14 The wicked draw the sword(A)
    and bend the bow(B)
to bring down the poor and needy,(C)
    to slay those whose ways are upright.

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21 Do not let the oppressed(A) retreat in disgrace;
    may the poor and needy(B) praise your name.

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Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Hear me, Lord, and answer(A) me,
    for I am poor and needy.

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16 For he never thought of doing a kindness,
    but hounded to death the poor
    and the needy(A) and the brokenhearted.(B)

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12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor(A)
    and upholds the cause(B) of the needy.(C)

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17 “The poor and needy search for water,(A)
    but there is none;
    their tongues are parched with thirst.(B)
But I the Lord will answer(C) them;
    I, the God of Israel, will not forsake(D) them.

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