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Psalms 10

Psalm 10
Need for God’s Justice
1 Lord,#10:1 Some Hb mss, LXX connect Pss 9–10.#10:1 Together Pss 9–10 form a partial acrostic. why do you stand so far away?#Ps 22:1; 35:22; 38:21; 71:12
Why do you hide in times of trouble?#Jb 13:24; Ps 44:24; 88:14
2In arrogance the wicked relentlessly pursue their victims;
let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.#Ps 7:15–16
3For the wicked one boasts about his own cravings;#Ps 49:6
the one who is greedy curses#10:3 Or he blesses the greedy and despises the Lord.#2Pt 2:3
4In all his scheming,
the wicked person arrogantly thinks,#10:4 Lit wicked according to the height of his nose
“There’s no accountability,
since there’s no God.”#Ps 14:1; 53:1
5His ways are always secure;#10:5 Or prosperous
your lofty judgments have no effect on him;#10:5 Lit judgments are away from in front of him
he scoffs at all his adversaries.#Ps 52:7
6He says to himself, “I will never be moved —
from generation to generation I will be without calamity.”#Ps 49:11; 2Pt 3:4; Rv 18:7
7Cursing, deceit, and violence fill his mouth;
trouble and malice are under his tongue.#Ps 73:8; 140:3; Rm 3:13–14
8He waits in ambush near settlements;#Ps 59:3
he kills the innocent in secret places.
His eyes are on the lookout for the helpless;#Ps 64:4; 94:6
9he lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket.
He lurks in order to seize a victim;
he seizes a victim and drags him in his net.
10So he is oppressed and beaten down;
helpless people fall because of the wicked one’s strength.#Ps 17:11–12; Pr 28:15
11He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
he hides his face and will never see.”#Jb 22:13; Ps 59:3
12Rise up, Lord God! Lift up your hand.#Mc 5:9
Do not forget the oppressed.#Ps 9:12
13Why has the wicked person despised God?
He says to himself, “You will not demand an account.”#Ps 73:11
14But you yourself have seen trouble and grief,
observing it in order to take the matter into your hands.#Ps 33:13–15
The helpless one entrusts himself to you;
you are a helper of the fatherless.#Ps 68:5; 146:9
15Break the arm of the wicked, evil person,#Ps 37:17
until you look for his wickedness,
but it can’t be found.#Ps 89:32
16The Lord is King forever and ever;#Ex 15:18; Ps 29:10; Rv 11:15
the nations will perish from his land.#Dt 8:20
17 Lord, you have heard the desire of the humble;
you will strengthen their hearts.
You will listen carefully,#2Ch 7:14; Ps 34:15
18doing justice for the fatherless and the oppressed
so that mere humans from the earth may terrify them no more.#Ex 22:22–24; Dt 10:18

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