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Psalm 10

Psalm 10 is the 10th psalm from the Book of Psalms.

The message is similar to that of Psalm 9, though it focuses more on the individual than humanity.[1] In the Greek Septuagint and, consequently, in most pre-reformation Christian Bibles, it is considered part of Psalm 9, shifting the numbers of the following psalms down by one. These two consecutive Psalms have the form of a single acrostic Hebrew poem.

 1 Why, 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 about the   cravings of his heart;
   he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. 
 4 In his pride the  wicked man does not seek him;
   in all his thoughts there is no room for God. 
 5 His ways are  always prosperous;
   your laws are rejected by him;
   he sneers at all his enemies. 
 6 He says to himself,  “Nothing will ever   shake me.”
   He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.” 
 7 His mouth is full  of lies and threats; 
   trouble and evil are under his tongue. 
 8 He lies in wait near the villages;
   from ambush he murders the innocent. 
   His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
 9 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. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim page 16
  2. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim page 329
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 67
  4. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 267
  5. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 293
  6. ^ The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah page 345
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