Psalms 10

Psalm 101

10:1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off?

Why do you pay no attention during times of trouble?2

10:2 The wicked arrogantly chase the oppressed;3

the oppressed are trapped4 by the schemes the wicked have dreamed up.5

10:3 Yes,6 the wicked man7 boasts because he gets what he wants;8

the one who robs others9 curses10 and11 rejects the Lord.12

10:4 The wicked man is so arrogant he always thinks,

“God won’t hold me accountable; he doesn’t care.”13

10:5 He is secure at all times.14

He has no regard for your commands;15

he disdains all his enemies.16

10:6 He says to himself,17

“I will never18 be upended,

because I experience no calamity.”19

10:7 His mouth is full of curses and deceptive, harmful words;20

his tongue injures and destroys.21

10:8 He waits in ambush near the villages;22

in hidden places he kills the innocent.

His eyes look for some unfortunate victim.23

10:9 He lies in ambush in a hidden place, like a lion in a thicket;24

he lies in ambush, waiting to catch25 the oppressed;

he catches the oppressed26 by pulling in his net.27

10:10 His victims are crushed and beaten down;

they are trapped in his sturdy nets.28

10:11 He says to himself,29

“God overlooks it;

he does not pay attention;

he never notices.”30

10:12 Rise up, Lord!31

O God, strike him down!32

Do not forget the oppressed!

10:13 Why does the wicked man reject God?33

He says to himself,34 “You35 will not hold me accountable.”36

10:14 You have taken notice,37

for38 you always see39 one who inflicts pain and suffering.40

The unfortunate victim entrusts his cause to you;41

you deliver42 the fatherless.43

10:15 Break the arm44 of the wicked and evil man!

Hold him accountable for his wicked deeds,45

which he thought you would not discover.46

10:16 The Lord rules forever!47

The nations are driven out of his land.48

10:17 Lord, you have heard49 the request50 of the oppressed;

you make them feel secure because you listen to their prayer.51

10:18 You defend52 the fatherless and oppressed,53

so that mere mortals may no longer terrorize them.54

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