Psalm 10 Bible Commentary

The Geneva Study Bible

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(Read all of Psalm 10)
10:1 Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? [why] hidest thou [thyself] in a times of trouble?

(a) As soon as we enter into affliction, we think God should help us, but that is not always his due time.

10:3 For the wicked b boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, [whom] the LORD abhorreth.

(b) The wicked man rejoices in his own lust he boasts when he has that he would; he brags of his wit and wealth and blesses himself and thus blasphemes the Lord.

10:6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for [I shall] c never [be] in adversity.

(c) The evil will not touch me, (Isaiah 28:15) or else he speaks thus because he never felt evil.

10:8 d He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

(d) He shows that the wicked have many ways to hide their cruelty and therefore should be even more feared.

10:10 He croucheth, [and] humbleth himself, that the e poor may fall by his strong ones.

(e) By the hypocrisy of them who have authority the poor are devoured.

10:12 f Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

(f) He calls to God for help, because wickedness is so far overgrown that God must help now or never.

10:13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not g require [it].

(g) Therefore you must punish their blasphemy.

10:14 Thou hast seen [it]; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to h requite [it] with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

(h) To judge between the right and the wrong.

10:15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil [man]: seek out his wickedness [till] thou find i none.

(i) For you have utterly destroyed him.

10:16 The LORD [is] King for ever and ever: the k heathen are perished out of his land.

(k) The hypocrites or such as live not after God's law, will be destroyed.

10:18 l To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

(l) God helps when man's help ceases.