Psalms 10:13

13 Why does the wicked 1renounce God and say in his heart, "You will not 2call to account"?

Psalms 10:13 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 10:13

Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God?
&c.] God may be said to be contemned or despised, when his being, perfections, and providence are denied, or called in question, or abused, ( Psalms 10:9 Psalms 10:11 ) ; when his word is derided, the great things of his law are counted as a strange thing ( Hosea 8:12 ) , and the truths of his Gospel are reckoned foolishness; and instead of these, the decrees, doctrines, and traditions of men, are set up, as by antichrist; and when his ministers, and especially his Son, are treated with disdain, ( Luke 10:16 ) ;

he hath said in his heart, thou wilt not require [it],
or "seek [it]" {i}; or inquire after it, his iniquity; the sense is, that God will make no inquiry after sin, and bring it into judgment, unto account, and under examination; or will not make inquisition, that is, for blood, for the blood of the saints and martyrs of Jesus, shed by antichrist; or will not require it at his hands, or recompense vengeance for it: all which is false and vain; the contrary to it will be found true.


F9 (vwrdt al) "te non inquisiturum", Piscator, Michaelis; so Ainsworth.

Psalms 10:13 In-Context

11 He says in his heart, "God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it."
12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, "You will not call to account"?
14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

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