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Psalm 10 World English Bible (WEB)

10 Why do you stand far off, Yahweh?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
In arrogance, the wicked hunt down the weak.
    They are caught in the schemes that they devise.
For the wicked boasts of his heart’s cravings.
    He blesses the greedy, and condemns Yahweh.
The wicked, in the pride of his face,
    has no room in his thoughts for God.
His ways are prosperous at all times.
    He is haughty, and your laws are far from his sight.
As for all his adversaries, he sneers at them.
    He says in his heart, “I shall not be shaken.
    For generations I shall have no trouble.”
His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression.
    Under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.
He lies in wait near the villages.
    From ambushes, he murders the innocent.
His eyes are secretly set against the helpless.
He lurks in secret as a lion in his ambush.
    He lies in wait to catch the helpless.
    He catches the helpless, when he draws him in his net.
10 The helpless are crushed.
    They collapse.
    They fall under his strength.
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten.
    He hides his face.
    He will never see it.”

12 Arise, Yahweh!
    God, lift up your hand!
    Don’t forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked person condemn God,
    and say in his heart, “God won’t call me into account?”
14 But you do see trouble and grief.
    You consider it to take it into your hand.
    You help the victim and the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked.
    As for the evil man, seek out his wickedness until you find none.
16 Yahweh is King forever and ever!
    The nations will perish out of his land.
17 Yahweh, you have heard the desire of the humble.
    You will prepare their heart.
    You will cause your ear to hear,
18     to judge the fatherless and the oppressed,
    that man who is of the earth may terrify no more.

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Psalm 10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.

10 Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?
Why do You hide [a]Yourself in times of trouble?
In pride the wicked [b]hotly pursue the afflicted;
[c]Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire,
And [d]the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord.
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him.
All his [e]thoughts are, “There is no God.”

His ways [f]prosper at all times;
Your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.
He says to himself, “I will not be moved;
[g]Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity.”
His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the hiding places he kills the innocent;
His eyes [h]stealthily watch for the [i]unfortunate.
He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his [j]lair;
He lurks to catch the afflicted;
He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.
10 He [k]crouches, he [l]bows down,
And the [m]unfortunate fall [n]by his mighty ones.
11 He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up Your hand.
Do not forget the afflicted.
13 Why has the wicked spurned God?
He has said to himself, “You will not require it.”
14 You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to [o]take it into Your hand.
The [p]unfortunate commits himself to You;
You have been the helper of the orphan.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,
[q]Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

16 The Lord is King forever and ever;
Nations have perished from His land.
17 O Lord, You have heard the desire of the [r]humble;
You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
18 To [s]vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.


  1. Psalm 10:1 Or Your eyes
  2. Psalm 10:2 Lit burn
  3. Psalm 10:2 Or They will be caught
  4. Psalm 10:3 Or blesses the greedy man
  5. Psalm 10:4 Or plots
  6. Psalm 10:5 Lit are strong
  7. Psalm 10:6 Lit To
  8. Psalm 10:8 Lit lie in wait
  9. Psalm 10:8 Or poor
  10. Psalm 10:9 Or thicket
  11. Psalm 10:10 Or is crushed
  12. Psalm 10:10 Or is bowed down
  13. Psalm 10:10 Or poor
  14. Psalm 10:10 Or into his claws
  15. Psalm 10:14 Lit put, give
  16. Psalm 10:14 Or poor
  17. Psalm 10:15 Or May You seek
  18. Psalm 10:17 Or afflicted
  19. Psalm 10:18 Lit judge
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