Psalm 10 ©

David, or God’s church or David in the name and behalf of God’s church, prays fervently against the persecution and oppression of the wicked, describing very lively their insolence, wickedness and cruel bloody practices. He desires God’s righteous vengeance upon them, of which he assures himself by faith that God shall perform it.


WHY1 standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself 2in times of trouble?


The 3wicked in his pride doth 4persecute the poor: leta them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.


For the wicked 5boasteth of his heart's desire, and 6blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD 7abhorreth.


The wicked, 8through the pride of his countenance, will not 9seek after God: God is notb in 10all his thoughts.


His 11ways 12are always grievous; thy 13judgments are 14far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, 15he puffeth at them.


He hath 16said in his heart, I shall not be 17moved: for I shall 18never be in 19adversity.


Hisc mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: 20under his tongue is mischief and vanity.


He sitteth in the lurking places of the 21villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are 22privily set against the poor.


He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.


He 23croucheth, and humbleth himself, 24that the poor may fall by his strong ones.


Hed hath said in his heart, God 25hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.


26Arise, O LORD; O God, 27lift up thine hand: forget not the 28humble.


29Wherefore doth the wicked 30contemne God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not 31require it.


Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest 32mischief and spite, 33to requite it with thy hand: the poor 34committeth himself unto thee; thou 35art the helper of the 36fatherless.


Break thou the 37arm of the wicked and the evil man: 38seek out his wickedness 39till thou find none.


Thef LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of 40his land.


LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the 41humble: thou wilt 42prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:


To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the 43man 44of the earth may no more oppress.