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.

The Message

Psalm 10

11-2 God, are you avoiding me?
    Where are you when I need you?
Full of hot air, the wicked
    are hot on the trail of the poor.
Trip them up, tangle them up
    in their fine-tuned plots.

3-4 The wicked are windbags,
    the swindlers have foul breath.
The wicked snub God,
    their noses stuck high in the air.
Their graffiti are scrawled on the walls:
    “Catch us if you can!” “God is dead.”

5-6 They care nothing for what you think;
    if you get in their way, they blow you off.
They live (they think) a charmed life:
    “We can’t go wrong. This is our lucky year!”

7-8 They carry a mouthful of hexes,
    their tongues spit venom like adders.
They hide behind ordinary people,
    then pounce on their victims.

They mark the luckless,
    then wait like a hunter in a blind;
When the poor wretch wanders too close,
    they stab him in the back.

10-11 The hapless fool is kicked to the ground,
    the unlucky victim is brutally axed.
He thinks God has dumped him,
    he’s sure that God is indifferent to his plight.

12-13 Time to get up, God—get moving.
    The luckless think they’re Godforsaken.
They wonder why the wicked scorn God
    and get away with it,
Why the wicked are so cocksure
    they’ll never come up for audit.

14 But you know all about it—
    the contempt, the abuse.
I dare to believe that the luckless
    will get lucky someday in you.
You won’t let them down:
    orphans won’t be orphans forever.

15-16 Break the wicked right arms,
    break all the evil left arms.
Search and destroy
    every sign of crime.
God’s grace and order wins;
    godlessness loses.

17-18 The victim’s faint pulse picks up;
    the hearts of the hopeless pump red blood
    as you put your ear to their lips.
Orphans get parents,
    the homeless get homes.
The reign of terror is over,
    the rule of the gang lords is ended.