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Psalm 10

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David complains of the wicked.

10:1 Why do you stand far off, Yahweh?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

10:2 In arrogance, the wicked hunt down the weak.
They are caught in the schemes that they devise.

10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart’s cravings.
He blesses the greedy, and condemns Yahweh.

10:4 The wicked, in the pride of his face,
has no room in his thoughts for God.

10:5 His ways are prosperous at all times.
He is haughty, and your laws are far from his sight.
As for all his adversaries, he sneers at them.

10:6 He says in his heart,

“I shall not be shaken.
For generations I shall have no trouble.”

10:7 His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression.
Under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.

10:8 He lies in wait near the villages.
From ambushes, he murders the innocent.
His eyes are secretly set against the helpless.

10:9 He lurks in secret as a lion in his ambush.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless.
He catches the helpless, when he draws him in his net.

10:10 The helpless are crushed.
They collapse.
They fall under his strength.

10:11 He says in his heart,

God has forgotten.
He hides his face.
He will never see it.”

He prays for remedy.

10:12 Arise, Yahweh!
God, lift up your hand!
Don’t forget the helpless.

10:13 Why does the wicked person condemn God,
and say in his heart,

God won’t call me into account?”

10:14 But you do see trouble and grief.
You consider it to take it into your hand.
You help the victim and the fatherless.

10:15 Break the arm of the wicked.
As for the evil man, seek out his wickedness until you find none.

He professes his confidence.

10:16 Yahweh is King forever and ever!
The nations will perish out of his land.

10:17 Yahweh, you have heard the desire of the humble.
You will prepare their heart.
You will cause your ear to hear,

10:18 to judge the fatherless and the oppressed,
that man who is of the earth may terrify no more.

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