New American Standard Bible

Psalm 10

A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.

1Why do You stand afar off, O Lord?
Why do You hide [a]Yourself in times of trouble?
In pride the wicked [b]hotly pursue the afflicted;
[c]Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire,
And [d]the greedy man curses and spurns the Lord.
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him.
All his [e]thoughts are, “There is no God.”

His ways [f]prosper at all times;
Your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.
He says to himself, “I will not be moved;
[g]Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity.”
His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the hiding places he kills the innocent;
His eyes [h]stealthily watch for the [i]unfortunate.
He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his [j]lair;
He lurks to catch the afflicted;
He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.
10 He [k]crouches, he [l]bows down,
And the [m]unfortunate fall [n]by his mighty ones.
11 He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up Your hand.
Do not forget the afflicted.
13 Why has the wicked spurned God?
He has said to himself, “You will not require it.”
14 You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to [o]take it into Your hand.
The [p]unfortunate commits himself to You;
You have been the helper of the orphan.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,
[q]Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

16 The Lord is King forever and ever;
Nations have perished from His land.
17 O Lord, You have heard the desire of the [r]humble;
You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
18 To [s]vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 10:1 Or Your eyes
  2. Psalm 10:2 Lit burn
  3. Psalm 10:2 Or They will be caught
  4. Psalm 10:3 Or blesses the greedy man
  5. Psalm 10:4 Or plots
  6. Psalm 10:5 Lit are strong
  7. Psalm 10:6 Lit To
  8. Psalm 10:8 Lit lie in wait
  9. Psalm 10:8 Or poor
  10. Psalm 10:9 Or thicket
  11. Psalm 10:10 Or is crushed
  12. Psalm 10:10 Or is bowed down
  13. Psalm 10:10 Or poor
  14. Psalm 10:10 Or into his claws
  15. Psalm 10:14 Lit put, give
  16. Psalm 10:14 Or poor
  17. Psalm 10:15 Or May You seek
  18. Psalm 10:17 Or afflicted
  19. Psalm 10:18 Lit judge

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 10

Psalm 10

Lord, why are you so far away?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

An evil person is proud and hunts down those who are weak.
    He catches weak people by making clever plans.
He brags about what his heart desires.
    He speaks well of those who always want more.
    He attacks the Lord with his words.
Because he is proud, that evil person doesn’t turn to the Lord.
    There is no room for God in any of his thoughts.
Everything always goes well for him.
    So he is proud.
He doesn’t want to have anything to do with God’s laws.
    He makes fun of all his enemies.
He says to himself, “I will always be secure.”
    He promises himself, “No one will ever harm me.”
His mouth is full of lies and warnings.
    With his tongue he speaks evil and makes trouble.

Sinful people hide and wait near the villages.
    From their hiding places they murder people who aren’t guilty.
    They watch in secret for those they want to attack.
They hide and wait like a lion in the bushes.
    From their hiding places they wait to catch those who are helpless.
    They catch them and drag them off in their nets.
10 Those they have attacked are beaten up. They fall to the ground.
    They fall because their attackers are too strong for them.
11 Sinful people say to themselves, “God will never notice.
    He covers his face. He never sees us.”

12 Lord, rise up! God, show your power!
    Don’t forget those who are helpless.
13 Why do sinful people attack you with their words?
    Why do they say to themselves,
    “He won’t hold us accountable”?
14 God, you see the problems of people in trouble.
    You take note of their pain. You do something about it.
So those who are attacked place themselves in your care.
    You help children whose fathers have died.
15 Take away the power of sinful people.
    Hold them accountable for the evil things they do.
    Uncover all the evil they have done.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever.
    The nations will disappear from his land.
17 Lord, you hear the desires of those who are hurting.
    You cheer them up and give them hope.
    You listen to their cries.
18 You stand up for those whose fathers have died
    and for those who have been treated badly.
You do it so that mere human beings made of dust
    may not terrify others anymore.