Psalm 10
NASB 1977►► 
A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.

     1Why dost Thou stand afar off, O LORD?
            Why dost Thou hide Thyself in times of trouble?

     2In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted;
            Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

     3For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire,
            And the greedy man curses and spurns the LORD.

     4The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him.
            All his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

     5His ways prosper at all times;
            Thy judgments are on high, out of his sight;
            As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.

     6He says to himself, “I shall not be moved;
            Throughout all generations I shall not be in adversity.”

     7His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression;
            Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.

     8He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
            In the hiding places he kills the innocent;
            His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.

     9He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair;
            He lurks to catch the afflicted;
            He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.

     10He crouches, he bows down,
            And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.

     11He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
            He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”

     12Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Thy hand.
            Do not forget the afflicted.

     13Why has the wicked spurned God?
            He has said to himself, “Thou wilt not require it.”

     14Thou hast seen it, for Thou hast beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Thy hand.
            The unfortunate commits himself to Thee;
            Thou hast been the helper of the orphan.

     15Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,
            Seek out his wickedness until Thou dost find none.

     16The LORD is King forever and ever;
            Nations have perished from His land.

     17O LORD, Thou hast heard the desire of the humble;
            Thou wilt strengthen their heart, Thou wilt incline Thine ear

     18To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
            That man who is of the earth may cause terror no more.

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