Israel began pulling out of Gaza, hoping to be gone by the time Obama was sworn in as president. Meanwhile, the Arabs held a summit and Ban Ki Moon was back in the Middle East.
1Why do you stand far off, Yahvah? Witholding your care in times of trouble?
2The pride of the wicked makes the poor to suffer; let them be taken in the devices that they have conceived.
3For the ungodly boasts of his own desire, and Yahvah is angry when the wicked is blessed.
4The wicked in the pride of his countenance will not seek after god; and there is no god in all his thoughts.
5His ways are always weak; your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he despises them.
6He says in his heart, I will not be moved from generation to generation; for he conceives evil.
7His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud; under his tongue is mischief and deceit.
8He sits in the lurking place of a den; and in a secret place he does murder the innocent; his eyes spy on the destitute.
9He lies in wait to snare the poor by drawing him into his net.
10He will be humbled and overthrown, and in his bones there will be sickness and pain.
11He says in his heart, God has forgotten; he has turned away his face; he will never see it.
12Arise, Yahvah; my god, lift up your hand; do not forget the afflicted.
13Why does the wicked provoke god? He says in his heart, God does not seek vengeance.
14You have seen it; for there is mischief and wrath, for you see that he has surrendered himself to your hands; and the poor commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.
15Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man; seek out his wickedness until you find none.
16Yahvah is king forever and ever; the Gentiles are perished out of his land.
17Yahvah, you have heard the desire of the poor; your ear has heard the preparation of their heart;
18execute justice to the fatherless and to the afflicted, so that man may not be destroyed from the face of the land.
Israel began a full pull-out from Gaza, with the political leaders of Israel hoping to be fully out before the inauguration of Obama as US president at 17:00 GMT on Tuesday.
The BBC reported details of an Arab summit in Kuwait dealing with the war in Gaza. Syria, especially, argued that Israel should be voted a terrorist organization, while others were dealing with public that blamed them for being unable to stop the war.
Ban Ki Moon was also present at the meeting in Kuwait, and called for Arab unity in finding an end to Arab Israeli tensions.