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Psalm 10[a]



1                    Why, O LORD, do you stand far off?  Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?


2                    In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.


3                    He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.


4                    In his pride the wicked does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.


5                    His ways are always prosperous; he is haughty and your laws are far from him; he sneers at all his enemies.


6                    He says to himself, “Nothing will shake me; I’ll always be happy and never have trouble.”


7                    His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.


8                    He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent, watching in secret for his victims.


9                    He lies in wait like a lion in cover; he lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.


10               His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength.


11               He says to himself, “God has forgotten; He covers His face and never sees.”


12               Arise, LORD!  Lift up your hand, O God.  Do not forget the helpless.


13               Why does the wicked man revile God?  Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”?


14               But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand.  The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.


15               Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out.


16               The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from His land.


17               You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,


18               defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.

[a]Psalms 9 and 10 may have been originally a single acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.