Psalms 10:5

5 His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by[a] him; he sneers at all his enemies.

Psalms 10:5 in Other Translations

5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
5 His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
5 Yet they succeed in everything they do. They do not see your punishment awaiting them. They sneer at all their enemies.
5 They care nothing for what you think; if you get in their way, they blow you off.
5 His ways are always secure; Your lofty judgments are beyond his sight; he scoffs at all his adversaries.

Psalms 10:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 10:5

His ways are always grievous
To God and to his people; or, "his ways cause terror" F1, so Aben Ezra; make men fear; as antichrist has made the whole world tremble at him, ( Revelation 13:4 ) ; or, "his ways are defiled", as the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin render it; for to him is nothing pure, his mind and conscience being defiled, ( Titus 1:15 ) ; or, "his ways always remain" F2; they are always the same, there is no change in them for the better: or they "prosper" F3 as Jarchi interprets it; and this is sometimes stumbling to the saints, ( Jeremiah 12:1 ) ( Psalms 73:2 Psalms 73:3 ) ;

thy judgments [are] far above, out of his sight:
meaning either the laws, statutes, and commandments of God, which are not taken notice of by him; but his own decrees or orders are set in the room of them; or the examples of punishment inflicted on wicked men, as on the old world, on Sodom and Gomorrah, the Egyptians, and other nations; these are not regarded, when they should be a terror to him;

[as for] all his enemies, he puffeth at them;
who are the poor saints, and are looked upon by antichrist as feeble creatures, and all their efforts against him and his kingdom are treated with contempt: he blows upon them, and suggests that he can cause them to fall with the breath of his mouth, or strike them down with a straw or a feather; see ( Psalms 12:6 ) .


F1 (wlyxy) "terrent", Cocceius.
F2 "Permanent sive perdurant", Lutherus, Gejerus.
F3 "Prosperantur", Musculus, Calvin, Ainsworth, Piscator.

Psalms 10:5 In-Context

3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.
4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
5 His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”
7 His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 18:27; Psalms 101:5; Proverbs 6:17; Isaiah 13:11; Jeremiah 48:29

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. See Septuagint; Hebrew "/ they are haughty, and your laws are far from"
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