Ps 10:1-18. The Psalmist mourns God's apparent
indifference to his troubles, which are aggravated by the successful
malice, blasphemy, pride, deceit, and profanity of the wicked. On the
just and discriminating providence of God he relies for the destruction
of their false security, and the defense of the needy.
1. These are, of course, figurative terms
(compare Ps 7:6; 13:1, &c.).
hidest—Supply "thine eyes" or
2. Literally, "In pride of the wicked they
(the poor or humble, Ps 10:17; 12:5) shall be taken in the devices they (the
proud) have imagined."
3. heart's—or, "soul's."
desire—that is, his success in
and blesseth, &c.—he (the wicked)
blesseth the covetous, he despiseth the Lord.
4. The face expresses the self-conceit, whose
fruit is practical atheism (Ps 14:1).
5, 6. Such is his confidence in the permanence
of his way or course of life, that he disregards God's providential
government (out of sight, because he will not look, Isa 26:11), sneers at his enemies, and boasts
perpetual freedom from evil.
7-10. The malignity and deceit (Ps 140:3) of such are followed by acts combining
cunning, fraud, and violence (compare Pr 1:11, 18), aptly illustrated by the habits of the
lion, and of hunters taking their prey. "Poor," in Ps 10:8, 10,
14, represents a word
peculiar to this Psalm, meaning the sad or sorrowful; in Ps 10:9, as usual, it means the pious or meek
8. eyes … privily—He watches with
half-closed eyes, appearing not to see.
10. croucheth—as a lion gathers himself
into as small compass as possible to make the greater spring.
fall by his strong ones—The figure of
the lion is dropped, and this phrase means the accomplices of the chief
or leading wicked man.
11. As before, such conduct implies disbelief
or disregard of God's government.
12. (Compare Ps 9:19; 3:7).
the humble—(Compare Ps 10:17, and Margin.)
lift up thine hand—exert thy
13, 14. It is in vain to suppose God will
overlook sin, however forbearing; for He carefully examines or beholds
all wickedness, and will mark it by His providential (Thine hand)
14. mischief and spite—provocation and
trouble of the sufferer (compare Ps 6:7; 7:14).
committeth—or, "leaves (his burden) on
till thou find none—So far from not
requiting (Ps 10:11, 13), God will utterly destroy the wicked
and his deeds (Ps 9:5, 6; 34:16; 37:36).
16-18. God reigns. The wicked, if for a time
successful, shall be cut off. He hears and confirms the hearts of His
suffering people (Ps 112:7),
executes justice for the feeble, and represses the pride and violence
of conceited, though frail, men (compare Ps 9:16).