Psalm 10
New American Standard Bible 1995NET Bible
1Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?1Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you pay no attention during times of trouble?
2In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.2The wicked arrogantly chase the oppressed; the oppressed are trapped by the schemes the wicked have dreamed up.
3For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns the LORD.3Yes, the wicked man boasts because he gets what he wants; the one who robs others curses and rejects the LORD.
4The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, "There is no God."4The wicked man is so arrogant he always thinks, "God won't hold me accountable; he doesn't care."
5His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.5He is secure at all times. He has no regard for your commands; he disdains all his enemies.
6He says to himself, "I will not be moved; Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity."6He says to himself, "I will never be upended, because I experience no calamity."
7His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.7His mouth is full of curses and deceptive, harmful words; his tongue injures and destroys.
8He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.8He waits in ambush near the villages; in hidden places he kills the innocent. His eyes look for some unfortunate victim.
9He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.9He lies in ambush in a hidden place, like a lion in a thicket; he lies in ambush, waiting to catch the oppressed; he catches the oppressed by pulling in his net.
10He crouches, he bows down, And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.10His victims are crushed and beaten down; they are trapped in his sturdy nets.
11He says to himself, "God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it."11He says to himself, "God overlooks it; he does not pay attention; he never notices."
12Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Your hand. Do not forget the afflicted.12Rise up, LORD! O God, strike him down! Do not forget the oppressed!
13Why has the wicked spurned God? He has said to himself, "You will not require it."13Why does the wicked man reject God? He says to himself, "You will not hold me accountable."
14You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand. The unfortunate commits himself to You; You have been the helper of the orphan.14You have taken notice, for you always see one who inflicts pain and suffering. The unfortunate victim entrusts his cause to you; you deliver the fatherless.
15Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer, Seek out his wickedness until You find none.15Break the arm of the wicked and evil man! Hold him accountable for his wicked deeds, which he thought you would not discover.
16The LORD is King forever and ever; Nations have perished from His land.16The LORD rules forever! The nations are driven out of his land.
17O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear17LORD, you have heard the request of the oppressed; you make them feel secure because you listen to their prayer.
18To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.18You defend the fatherless and oppressed, so that mere mortals may no longer terrorize them.
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