Psalms 10

A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.

1Why a  do You stand afar off, O  Lord?
Why b  do You hide
Or Your eyes
Yourself in times of trouble?
2In d  pride the wicked
Lit burn
hotly pursue the afflicted;
Or They will be caught
Let them be g  caught in the plots which they have devised.

3For the wicked h  boasts of his i  heart’s desire,
And
Or blesses the greedy man
the greedy man curses and k  spurns the  Lord.
4The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance l  does not seek Him.
All his
Or plots
thoughts are, n  There is no God.”

5His ways
Lit are strong
,
p  prosper at all times;
Your judgments are on high q  out of his sight;
As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.
6He says to himself r  I will not be moved;
Lit To
Throughout all generations t  I will not be in adversity.”
7His u  mouth is full of curses and deceit and v  oppression;
w  Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
8He sits in the x  lurking places of the villages;
In the hiding places he y  kills the innocent;
His eyes
Lit lie in wait
stealthily watch for the
Or poor
,
ab  unfortunate.
9He lurks in a hiding place as ac  a lion in his
Or thicket
lair;
He ae  lurks to catch af  the afflicted;
He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his ag  net.
10He
Or is crushed
crouches, he
Or is bowed down
bows down,
And the
Or poor
unfortunate fall
Or into his claws
by his mighty ones.
11He al  says to himself, “God has forgotten;
He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”

12Arise, O  Lord; O God am  lift up Your hand.
an  Do not forget the afflicted.
13Why has the wicked ao  spurned God?
He has said to himself, “You will not require it.”
14You have seen it, for You have beheld ap  mischief and vexation to
Lit put, give
take it into Your hand.
The
Or poor
,
as  unfortunate commits himself to You;
You have been the at  helper of the orphan.
15 au  Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,
Or May You seek
,
aw  Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

16The  Lord is ax  King forever and ever;
ay  Nations have perished from His land.
17O  Lord, You have heard the az  desire of the
Or afflicted
humble;
You will bb  strengthen their heart bc  You will incline Your ear
18To
Lit judge
vindicate the be  orphan and the bf  oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause bg  terror.

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