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ל [Laʹmedh]* 10 Why, O Jehovah, do you keep standing afar off?+ [Why] do you keep yourself hid* in times of distress?+ 2 In his haughtiness the wicked one hotly pursues the afflicted one;+ They get caught by the ideas that they have thought up.+ 3 For the wicked has praised himself over the selfish longing of his soul,+ And the one making undue profit+ has blessed himself;נ [Nun]He has disrespected Jehovah.+ 4 The wicked one according to his superciliousness* makes no search;+ All his ideas are: “There is no God.”*+ 5 His ways keep prospering* all the time.+ Your judicial decisions are high up out of his range;+ As for all those showing hostility to him, he puffs at them.+ 6 He has said in his heart: “I shall not be made to totter;+ For generation after generation [I shall be] one who is in no calamity.”+ פ [Peʼ] 7 His mouth is full of oaths and of deceptions and of oppression.+ Under his tongue are trouble and what is hurtful.+ 8 He sits in an ambush of settlements;* From concealed places he will kill someone innocent.+ע [ʽAʹyin]His eyes are on the lookout for someone unfortunate.*+ 9 He keeps lying in wait in the concealed place like a lion in his covert.+ He keeps lying in wait+ to carry off some afflicted one by force. He carries off the afflicted one by force when he draws his net shut.+ 10 He is crushed, he bows down, And the army of dejected ones* has to fall into his strong [claws].+ 11 He has said in his heart:+ “God has forgotten.+ He has concealed his face.+ He will certainly never see [it].”+ ק [Qohph] 12 Do arise,+ O Jehovah. O God,* lift up your hand.+ Do not forget the afflicted ones.+ 13 Why is it that the wicked one has disrespected God?*+ He has said in his heart: “You will not require an accounting.”+ ר [Rehsh] 14 For you yourself have seen trouble and vexation. You keep looking on, to get [them] into your hand.+ To you the unfortunate+ one, the fatherless boy, commits [himself]. You yourself have become [his] helper.+ ש [Shin] 15 Break the arm of the wicked and bad one.+ May you search after his wickedness [until] you find no more.+ 16 Jehovah is King to time indefinite, even forever.+ The nations have perished out of his earth.+ ת [Taw] 17 The desire of the meek ones you will certainly hear,+ O Jehovah. You will prepare their heart.+ You will pay attention with your ear,+ 18 To judge the fatherless boy and the crushed one,+ That mortal man who is of the earth may no more cause trembling.*+
^ In LXXVg this psalm is combined with the preceding psalm to make one psalm of 39 vss. In M the alphabetic acrostic continues from Ps 9 through Ps 10, which begins with the 12th letter of the Heb. alphabet, Laʹmedh.
^ “Keep yourself hid,” in agreement with T.
^ Lit., “according to the height of his nose.”
^ “God.” Heb., ʼElo·himʹ.
^ “Prospering,” by a correction; M, “enduring.”
^ “Settlements,” M; by a slight change of vowel pointing, “green grass.”
^ “Someone unfortunate.” The meaning in M is uncertain. Some read this as “your military forces,” but this does not suit the context.
^ “The army of dejected ones.” The meaning in M is uncertain.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼEl.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼElo·himʹ, pl. of ʼElohʹah.
^ Or, “that mortal man may no more continue to move tremblingly out of the earth.”