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Psalm 10 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Psalm 10

Why are you so distant, Lord?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

The wicked person arrogantly pursues oppressed people.
    He will be caught in the schemes that he planned.
The wicked person boasts about his selfish desires.
    He blesses robbers, but he curses the Lord.
He turns up his nose and says, “God doesn’t care.”
    His every thought concludes, “There is no God.”
    He always seems to succeed.
        Your judgments are beyond his understanding.
    He spits at all his opponents.
    He says to himself, “Nothing can shake me.
        I’ll never face any trouble.”
    His mouth is full of cursing, deception, and oppression.
        Trouble and wrongdoing are on the tip of his tongue.
    He waits in ambush in the villages.
        From his hiding places he kills innocent people.
    His eyes are on the lookout for victims.
    He lies in his hiding place like a lion in his den.
    He hides there to catch oppressed people.
    He catches oppressed people when he draws them into his net.
10     His victims are crushed.
        They collapse,
            and they fall under the weight of his power.
11     He says to himself,
        “God has forgotten.
            He has hidden his face.
            He will never see it!”

12 Arise, O Lord!
    Lift your hand, O God.
    Do not forget oppressed people!
13         Why does the wicked person despise God?
        Why does he say to himself, “God doesn’t care”?
14 You have seen it; yes, you have taken note of trouble and grief
    and placed them under your control.
        The victim entrusts himself to you.
You alone have been the helper of orphans.
15     Break the arm of the wicked and evil person.
    Punish his wickedness until you find no more.

16 The Lord is king forever and ever.
    The nations have vanished from his land.
17 You have heard the desire of oppressed people, O Lord.
You encourage them.
You pay close attention to them
18     in order to provide justice for orphans and oppressed people
        so that no mere mortal will terrify them again.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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Psalm 10 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 10[a]

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by[b] him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

His mouth is full of lies and threats;
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
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 will never notice;
    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, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.


  1. Psalm 10:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.
  2. Psalm 10:5 See Septuagint; Hebrew / they are haughty, and your laws are far from
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