Psalm 10

A Prayer for the Overthrow of the Wicked.

10 Why do You stand far away, Lord?
Why do You hide [a]Yourself in times of trouble?
In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the needy;
[b]Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

For the wicked boasts of his soul’s desire,
And [c]the greedy person curses and shows disrespect to the Lord.
The wicked, [d]in his haughtiness, does not seek Him.
There is no God in all his schemes.

His ways succeed at all times;
Yet Your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
As for all his enemies, he snorts at them.
He says to himself, “I will not be moved;
[e]Throughout the generations I will not be in adversity.”
His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression;
Under his tongue is harm and injustice.
He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
He kills the innocent in the secret places;
His eyes [f]surreptitiously watch for the [g]unfortunate.
He lurks in secret like a lion in his [h]lair;
He lurks to catch the needy;
He catches the needy when he pulls him into his net.
10 Then he crushes the needy one, who cowers;
And [i]unfortunate people fall by his mighty power.
11 He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”

12 Arise, Lord; God, lift up Your hand.
Do not forget the humble.
13 Why has the wicked treated God disrespectfully?
He has said to himself, “[j]You will not require an account.”
14 You have seen it, for You have looked at harm and provocation to [k]take it into Your hand.
The [l]unfortunate commits himself to You;
You have been the helper of the orphan.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer,
[m]Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

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


  1. Psalm 10:1 Or Your eyes
  2. Psalm 10:2 Or They will be caught
  3. Psalm 10:3 Or blesses the greedy man
  4. Psalm 10:4 Lit the height of his nose
  5. Psalm 10:6 Lit To
  6. Psalm 10:8 Lit lie in wait
  7. Psalm 10:8 Or poor
  8. Psalm 10:9 Or thicket
  9. Psalm 10:10 Or unhappy
  10. Psalm 10:13 I.e., as though God will ignore it
  11. Psalm 10:14 Lit put, give
  12. Psalm 10:14 Or poor
  13. Psalm 10:15 Or May You seek
  14. Psalm 10:18 Lit judge