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Psalm 10

A Song of Confidence in God’s Triumph Over Evil

1 Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide in times of trouble?

2 The wicked in his pride 1persecutes the poor;

aLet them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

3 For the wicked bboasts of his heart’s desire;

2He cblesses the greedy and renounces the Lord.

4 The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;

3God is in none of his dthoughts.

5 His ways 4are always prospering;

Your judgments are far above, out of his sight;

As for all his enemies, he sneers at them.

6 eHe has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved;

fI shall never be in adversity.”

7 gHis mouth is full of cursing and hdeceit and oppression;

Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages;

In the secret places he murders the innocent;

His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.

9 He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den;

He lies in wait to catch the poor;

He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.

10 So 5he crouches, he lies low,

That the helpless may fall by his 6strength.

11 He has said in his heart,

“God has forgotten;

He hides His face;

He will never see.”

12 Arise, O Lord!

O God, ilift up Your hand!

Do not forget the jhumble.

13 Why do the wicked renounce God?

He has said in his heart,

“You will not require an account.”

14 But You have kseen, for You observe trouble and grief,

To repay it by Your hand.

The helpless lcommits 7himself to You;

mYou are the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;

Seek out his wickedness until You find none.

16 nThe Lord is King forever and ever;

The nations have perished out of His land.

17 Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;

You will prepare their heart;

You will cause Your ear to hear,

18 To 8do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,

That the man of the earth may 9oppress no more.


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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