10:1  WHY DO You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide Yourself, [veiling Your eyes] in times of trouble (distress and desperation)?

10:2  The wicked in pride {and} arrogance hotly pursue {and} persecute the poor; let them be taken in the schemes which they have devised.

10:3  For the wicked {man} boasts (sings the praises) of his own heart's desire, and the one greedy for gain curses {and} spurns, yes, renounces {and} despises the Lord.

10:4  The wicked one in the pride of his countenance will not seek, inquire for, {and} yearn for God; all his thoughts are that there is no God [so He never punishes].

10:5  His ways are grievous [or persist] at all times; Your judgments [Lord] are far above {and} on high out of his sight [so he never thinks about them]; as for all his foes, he sniffs {and} sneers at them.

10:6  He thinks in his heart, I shall not be moved; for throughout all generations I shall not come to want {or} be in adversity.

10:7  His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, oppression (fraud); under his tongue are trouble and sin (mischief and iniquity).

10:8  He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he slays the innocent; he watches stealthily for the poor (the helpless and unfortunate).

10:9  He lurks in secret places like a lion in his thicket; he lies in wait that he may seize the poor (the helpless and the unfortunate); he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

10:10  [The prey] is crushed, sinks down; and the helpless falls by his mighty [claws].

10:11  [The foe] thinks in his heart, God has quite forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see [my deed].

10:12  Arise, O Lord! O God, lift up Your hand; forget not the humble [patient and crushed].

10:13  Why does the wicked [man] condemn (spurn and renounce) God? Why has he thought in his heart, You will not call to account?

10:14  You have seen it; yes, You note trouble and grief (vexation) to requite it with Your hand. The unfortunate commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.

10:15  Break the arm of the wicked man; and as for the evil man, search out his wickedness until You find no more.

10:16  The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations will perish out of His land.

10:17  O Lord, You have heard the desire {and} the longing of the humble {and} oppressed; You will prepare {and} strengthen {and} direct their hearts, You will cause Your ear to hear,

10:18  To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man, who is of the earth, may not terrify them any more.