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Psalm 10

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies


Why, O L ord, do you stand far off?

Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?


In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—

let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.



For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,

those greedy for gain curse and renounce the L ord.


In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it out”;

all their thoughts are, “There is no God.”



Their ways prosper at all times;

your judgments are on high, out of their sight;

as for their foes, they scoff at them.


They think in their heart, “We shall not be moved;

throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.”



Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;

under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.


They sit in ambush in the villages;

in hiding places they murder the innocent.


Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;


they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;

they lurk that they may seize the poor;

they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.



They stoop, they crouch,

and the helpless fall by their might.


They think in their heart, “God has forgotten,

he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”



Rise up, O L ord; O God, lift up your hand;

do not forget the oppressed.


Why do the wicked renounce God,

and say in their hearts, “You will not call us to account”?



But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,

that you may take it into your hands;

the helpless commit themselves to you;

you have been the helper of the orphan.



Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;

seek out their wickedness until you find none.


The L ord is king forever and ever;

the nations shall perish from his land.



O L ord, you will hear the desire of the meek;

you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear


to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,

so that those from earth may strike terror no more.

13. Why doth the wicked despise God? It is, indeed, superfluous to bring arguments before God, for the purpose of persuading him to grant us what we ask; but still he permits us to make use of them, and to speak to him in prayer, as familiarly as a son speaks to an earthly father. It should always be observed, that the use of praying is, that God may be the witness of all our affections; not that they would otherwise be hidden from him, but when we pour out our hearts before him, our cares are hereby greatly lightened, and our confidence of obtaining our requests increases. Thus David, in the present passage, by setting before himself how unreasonable and intolerable it would be for the wicked to be allowed to despise God according to their pleasure, thinking he will never bring them to an account, 228228     “A leur plaisir n’estimans pas que jamais il les amenast le conte.” — Fr. was led to cherish the hope of deliverance from his calamities. The word which is here rendered despise, is the same as that which he had used before. Some translate it to provoke, and others to blaspheme. But the signification which I have preferred certainly agrees much better with the context; for when persons take from God the power and office of judging, this is ignominiously to drag him from his throne, and to degrade him, as it were, to the station of a private individual. 229229     “Au rang des hommes.” — Fr. “To the rank of men.” Moreover, as David had a little before complained that the ungodly deny the existence of a God, or else imagine him to be constantly asleep, having no care about mankind, so now he complains to the same purpose that they say, God will not require it.

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