1 Lord,a why do You stand so far away? Why do You hide in times of trouble?
References for Psalms 10:1
    • a 10:1 - A few Hb mss and LXX connect Pss 9-10. Together these 2 psalms form a partial acrostic.
      2 In arrogance the wicked relentlessly pursue the afflicted; let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
      3 For the wicked one boasts about his own cravings; the one who is greedy cursesb and despises the Lord.
      References for Psalms 10:3
        • b 10:3 - Or he blesses the greedy
          4 In all his scheming, the wicked arrogantly thinks:c "There is no accountability, [since] God does not exist."d
          References for Psalms 10:4
            • c 10:4 - Lit wicked according to the height of his nose
            • d 10:4 - Ps 10:11; 14:1; 53:1
              5 His ways are always secure;e Your lofty judgments are beyond his sight; he scoffs at all his adversaries.
              References for Psalms 10:5
                • e 10:5 - Or prosperous
                  6 He says to himself, "I will never be moved- from generation to generation without calamity."f
                  References for Psalms 10:6
                      7 Cursing, deceit, and violence fill his mouth; trouble and malice are under his tongue.g
                      References for Psalms 10:7
                        • g 10:7 - Rm 3:13-14
                          8 He waits in ambush near the villages; he kills the innocent in secret places; his eyes are on the lookout for the helpless.
                          9 He lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket. He lurks in order to seize the afflicted. He seizes the afflicted and drags him in his net.h
                          References for Psalms 10:9
                            • h 10:9 - Ps 17:11-12
                              10 He crouches and bends down; the helpless fall because of his strength.
                              11 He says to himself, "God has forgotten; He hides His face and will never see."
                              12 Rise up, Lord God! Lift up Your hand. Do not forget the afflicted.
                              13 Why has the wicked despised God? He says to himself, "You will not demand an account."
                              14 But You Yourself have seen trouble and grief, observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands. The helpless entrusts himself to You; You are a helper of the fatherless.
                              15 Break the arm of the wicked and evil person; call his wickedness into account until nothing remains of it.i
                              References for Psalms 10:15
                                • i 10:15 - Lit account You do not find
                                  16 The Lord is King forever and ever;j the nations will perish from His land.
                                  References for Psalms 10:16
                                      17 Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;k You will strengthen their hearts. You will listen carefully,
                                      References for Psalms 10:17
                                        • k 10:17 - Other Hb mss, LXX, Syr read afflicted
                                          18 doing justice for the fatherless and the oppressed, so that men of the earth may terrify [them] no more.l
                                          References for Psalms 10:18
                                            • l 10:18 - Ps 68:5; Ex 22:22-24; Dt 10:18