Psalm 10 (Lexham English Bible)

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A Prayer for God to Throw down the Wicked

1 Why, O Yahweh, do you stand far off? [Why] do you hidea during times of distress? 2 In arrogance [the] wicked persecutesb [the] poor. Let them be caught in [the] schemes that they devised, 3 for [the] wicked boasts about the desire of his {heart},c and [the] one greedy for gain curses [and] treats Yahweh with contempt. 4 {With bald-faced pride}d [the] wicked will not seek [God]. There is no God in any of his thoughts. 5 His wayse endure at all times.f Your judgments are aloof from him. [As for] all his enemies, he scoffs at them. 6 He says in his heart, "I shall not be moved {throughout all generations},g [during] which [I will have] no trouble." 7 His mouth is filled with cursing, with deceits and oppression; under his tongue are trouble and evil. 8 He sits in ambush in villages; in the hiding places he kills [the] innocent. His eyes {lurk}h for [the] helpless. 9 He lies in ambush {secretly,}i like a lion in a thicket. He lies in ambush to seize [the] poor; he seizes [the] poor by catching him in his net. 10 He is crushed;j he is bowed down;k sol the helpless hostm falls by his {might}.n 11 He says in his heart, "God has forgotten. He has hidden his face. He never sees." 12 Rise up, O Yahweh; O God, lift up your hand. Do not forget [the] afflicted. 13 Why does the wicked treat God with contempt? He says in his heart, "You will not call [me] to account." 14 [But] you have seen; indeed you have noted trouble and grief to take [it] into your hand. The helpless abandons [himself] upon you; you have been [the] helper [for the] orphan. 15 Break [the] arm of [the] wicked, and [as for the] evil [man]-- seek out his wickedness [until] you find none. 16 Yahweh [is] king forever and ever; the nations have perished from his land. 17 [The] longing of [the] afflicted you have heard, O Yahweh. You will make their heart secure. You will {listen attentively}o 18 to render judgment [for the] fatherless and [the] oppressed [so that] a [mere] mortal from the earth will no longer cause terror.
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