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Psalm 10 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Psalm 10

Break the Arm of the Wicked Man

An Opening Appeal for Action

Why, Lord, do you stand so far away?
Why do you hide in times of distress?

A Portrait of the Wicked

Because of the pride of the wicked, the oppressed burn.[a]
They are caught in the schemes that the wicked plan.
Yes, the wicked man boasts about his heart’s desires.
He blesses the robber. He despises the Lord.[b]
With his nose in the air, the wicked does not seek God.
There is no room at all for God in his thoughts.
His ways are prosperous all the time.
He is haughty. Your judgments do not concern him.
He snorts at all of his foes.
He says in his heart, “I will not be shaken.
Through age after age I will have no trouble.”
Cursing fills his mouth, along with lies and threats.
Trouble and evil lie under his tongue.
He waits in ambush by the villages.
In hidden places he murders the innocent.
His eyes are spying on the helpless.
He lies in ambush. He hides like a lion in a thicket.
He lies in ambush to catch the oppressed.
He catches the oppressed by dragging them in his net.
10 The helpless are crushed. They sink down.
They fall under his strength.
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten.
He hides his face. He never sees.”

An Appeal for Divine Justice

12 Rise up, O Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the oppressed.
13 Why does the wicked man despise God?
Why does he say in his heart,
“You do not seek justice”?
14 But you do see. You notice trouble and grief.
You take it into your own hands.
The helpless one abandons himself to you.
For the fatherless you are indeed a helper.
15 Break the arm of the wicked.
You pursue the wickedness of the evil man
    until you find no more.[c]

Confidence in Divine Justice

16 The Lord is King forever and ever.
The nations will perish from his land.
17 Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted.
You strengthen their hearts,
and your ear pays attention,
18 to obtain justice for the fatherless and the crushed,
so that the worldly man[d] may no longer terrify.


  1. Psalm 10:2 Or in pride the wicked burns for [that is, he hotly pursues] the oppressed
  2. Psalm 10:3 With a different punctuation and reading of the Hebrew text the robber reviles the Lord
  3. Psalm 10:15 Or which he thought you would not find
  4. Psalm 10:18 Or mortal man
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Psalm 10 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 10[a]

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by[b] him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

His mouth is full of lies and threats;
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
    they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;
    he covers his face and never sees.”

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.


  1. Psalm 10:1 Psalms 9 and 10 may originally have been a single acrostic poem in which alternating lines began with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one psalm.
  2. Psalm 10:5 See Septuagint; Hebrew / they are haughty, and your laws are far from
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