[Psalms 10:1] WHY STANDEST THOU AFAR OFF, O LORD? WHY HIDEST THOU THYSELF
IN TIMES OF TROUBLE?
S.R. Hirsch points out that Psalm has no heading and in content is a
continuation of the previous Psalm 9. In Psalm 9 however the theme was
more against the evil heathen who spitefully oppose and oppress (when they
can) Israel and Judah. This present Psalm emphasizes the attitude of
individual evildoers who do bad unto the humble and vulnerable. The
psychological concept is the same. The heathen non-Israelite nations
despise Israelites (such as the British and Americans) because they think
they are weak and soft. They consider the good that these Israelites do and
the compassion they display to testify to a lack of "backbone". They hate
Judah for similar reasons. In their eyes: The Jews are
intellectuals, people who pray in synagogues and objects of contempt for
all kinds of different reasons. That is also why the Arabs are against the
State of Israel. In a similar way evil malicious persons often have
contempt for those they see as weaker than themselves. To their mind the
victim "invites" the crime. This frame of thought has also penetrated the
thinking of social workers, educational supervisors, and law enforcement
people. To some degree there may even be something to it. We have all
heard of the woman (for instance) who was married three times and in each
case was beaten badly by her husband, as if in some way she sought out such
men in advance. Whatever the case, God as he reveals Himself in the Bible
does not agree that evil be done or tolerated. We must also note that in
our own personalities we all have such tendencies and though we suppress
them sometimes they come to the surface. We can channel our tendencies in
positive directions and are forbidden to let them lead us along a wrong path.
[Psalms 10:2] THE WICKED IN HIS PRIDE DOTH PERSECUTE THE POOR: LET THEM BE
TAKEN IN THE DEVICES THAT THEY HAVE IMAGINED.
S.R. Hirsch says that "poor" does not necessarily mean here poverty
stricken but rather anyone who is dependent upon others, e.g. an employee
abused and exploited by someone in authority over him or her. This could
be justified by the Hebrew word "ANI" used here for "poor". "Ani" can
also connote "answer" i.e. "answer to" be dependent upon.
[Psalms 10:3] FOR THE WICKED BOASTETH OF HIS HEART'S DESIRE, AND BLESSETH
THE COVETOUS, WHOM THE LORD ABHORRETH.
Also translatable as saying:
<<The wicked gives praise to the lust of his mind and blesses the carrying
out of his plotting, This is blasphemy before the LORD>>. We all recognize
the sinner who laughs over his "conquests".
[Psalms 10:4] THE WICKED, THROUGH THE PRIDE OF HIS COUNTENANCE, WILL NOT
SEEK AFTER GOD: GOD IS NOT IN ALL HIS THOUGHTS.
From the negative the positive can be learned. If you are in trouble and
forced to behave in ways that are wrong seek after God and you will be
enabled to overcome.
[Psalms 10:5] HIS WAYS ARE ALWAYS GRIEVOUS; THY JUDGMENTS ARE FAR ABOVE OUT
OF HIS SIGHT: AS FOR ALL HIS ENEMIES, HE PUFFETH AT THEM.
<< HIS WAYS ARE ALWAYS GRIEVOUS>> alternately "He renews his ways
constantly". The height (i.e. depth) of Your judegements are beyond him,
he dismisses with disdain all who oppose him.
[Psalms 10:6] HE HATH SAID IN HIS HEART, I SHALL NOT BE MOVED: FOR I SHALL
NEVER BE IN ADVERSITY.
[Psalms 10:7] HIS MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND DECEIT AND FRAUD: UNDER HIS
TONGUE IS MISCHIEF AND VANITY.
[Psalms 10:8] 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.
[Psalms 10:9] HE LIETH IN WAIT SECRETLY AS A LION IN HIS DEN: HE LIETH IN
WAIT TO CATCH THE POOR: HE DOTH CATCH THE POOR, WHEN HE DRAWETH HIM INTO
[Psalms 10:10] HE CROUCHETH, AND HUMBLETH HIMSELF, THAT THE POOR MAY FALL
BY HIS STRONG ONES.
[Psalms 10:11] HE HATH SAID IN HIS HEART, GOD HATH FORGOTTEN: HE HIDETH HIS
FACE; HE WILL NEVER SEE IT.
[Psalms 10:12] ARISE, O LORD; O GOD, LIFT UP THINE HAND: FORGET NOT THE HUMBLE.
<<HUMBLE>>: S.R. Hirsch points out that the word for "humble" is here spelled
differently from what is usually considered the correct way. The root "ANI"
is connected to meanings of "answer to, because of, humility, poverty,
oppression": It is here spelled in such a way as to hint that all of these
meanings are intended at once. Hirsch says it means that God is being
asked not to forget the humble and also those who have departed from the
True Path due to poverty, or oppression. People who suffer in
life sometimres find it difficult to recognize the fact of Divine Providence.
[Psalms 10:13] WHEREFORE DOTH THE WICKED CONTEMN GOD? HE HATH SAID IN HIS
HEART, THOU WILT NOT REQUIRE IT.
[Psalms 10:14] THOU HAST SEEN IT; FOR THOU BEHOLDEST MISCHIEF AND SPITE, TO
REQUITE IT WITH THY HAND: THE POOR COMMITTETH HIMSELF UNTO THEE; THOU ART
THE HELPER OF THE FATHERLESS.
[Psalms 10:15] BREAK THOU THE ARM OF THE WICKED AND THE EVIL MAN: SEEK OUT
HIS WICKEDNESS TILL THOU FIND NONE.
If you punish the wicked for their wickedness they will cease from their wicked ways.
[Psalms 10:16] THE LORD IS KING FOR EVER AND EVER: THE HEATHEN ARE PERISHED
OUT OF HIS LAND.
<<HEATHEN>>: Hebrew "Goyim". The wicked non-Israelite murderers and
terrorists and oppressors of they consider to be weak will be expelled from
the Land of Israel.
[Psalms 10:17] LORD, THOU HAST HEARD THE DESIRE OF THE HUMBLE: THOU WILT
PREPARE THEIR HEART, THOU WILT CAUSE THINE EAR TO HEAR:
[Psalms 10:18] TO JUDGE THE FATHERLESS AND THE OPPRESSED, THAT THE MAN OF
THE EARTH MAY NO MORE OPPRESS.
<<THAT THE MAN OF THE EARTH MAY NO MORE OPPRESS>>: rather it should be
<<That humane human beings should no longer be oppressed from off the
earth>>. The victims of oppression and evil are sometimes driven to
desperation and feel they have no where to go in this world. God is being
called upon to terminate the existence of evil and evil-doers so that this
bad state of affairs should no more apply.