Psalms 17:10

10 They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.

Psalms 17:10 in Other Translations

10 They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.
10 They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
10 They are without pity. Listen to their boasting!
10 Their hearts are hard as nails, their mouths blast hot air.
10 They have become hardened; their mouths speak arrogantly.

Psalms 17:10 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 17:10

They are enclosed in their own fat
Or "their fat has enclosed them"; either their eyes, that they can hardly see out of them, or their hearts, so that they are stupid and senseless, and devoid of the fear of God; the phrase is expressive of the multitude of their wealth and increase of power, by which they were swelled with pride and vanity, and neither feared God nor regarded man; so the Targum paraphrases it,

``their riches are multiplied, their fat covers them;''

see ( Deuteronomy 32:15 ) ( Psalms 73:8 Psalms 73:9 ) ; some read it, "their fat shuts their mouths", so Aben Ezra and Kimchi; or "with their fat they shut them" F8; but the accent "athnach" will not admit of this reading; the last word belongs to the next clause;

with their mouth they speak proudly;
against God and his people, belching out blasphemies against the one, and severe menaces and threatenings against the other.


F8 So De Dieu.

Psalms 17:10 In-Context

8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.
10 They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 73:7; Psalms 119:70; Isaiah 6:10
  • 2. S 1 Samuel 2:3
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