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Psalms 10



Verse 1

Psalm 10:1-18. The Psalmist mourns God‘s apparent indifference to his troubles, which are aggravated by the successful malice, blasphemy, pride, deceit, and profanity of the wicked. On the just and discriminating providence of God he relies for the destruction of their false security, and the defense of the needy.

These are, of course, figurative terms (compare Psalm 7:6; Psalm 13:1, etc.).

hidest — Supply “thine eyes” or “face.”

Verse 2

Literally, “In pride of the wicked they (the poor or humble, Psalm 10:17; Psalm 12:5) shall be taken in the devices they (the proud) have imagined.”

Verse 3

heart‘s — or, “soul‘s.”

desire — that is, his success in evil.

and blesseth, etc. — he (the wicked) blesseth the covetous, he despiseth the Lord.

Verse 4

The face expresses the self-conceit, whose fruit is practical atheism (Psalm 14:1).

Verse 5-6

Such is his confidence in the permanence of his way or course of life, that he disregards God‘s providential government (out of sight, because he will not look, Isaiah 26:11), sneers at his enemies, and boasts perpetual freedom from evil.

Verses 7-10

The malignity and deceit (Psalm 140:3) of such are followed by acts combining cunning, fraud, and violence (compare Proverbs 1:11, Proverbs 1:18), aptly illustrated by the habits of the lion, and of hunters taking their prey. “Poor,” in Psalm 10:8, Psalm 10:10, Psalm 10:14, represents a word peculiar to this Psalm, meaning the sad or sorrowful; in Psalm 10:9, as usual, it means the pious or meek sufferer.

Verse 8

eyes … privily — He watches with half-closed eyes, appearing not to see.

Verse 10

croucheth — as a lion gathers himself into as small compass as possible to make the greater spring.

fall by his strong ones — The figure of the lion is dropped, and this phrase means the accomplices of the chief or leading wicked man.

Verse 11

As before, such conduct implies disbelief or disregard of God‘s government.

Verse 12

(Compare Psalm 9:19; Psalm 3:7).

the humble — (Compare Psalm 10:17, and Margin.)

lift up thine hand — exert thy power.

Verse 13-14

It is in vain to suppose God will overlook sin, however forbearing; for He carefully examines or beholds all wickedness, and will mark it by His providential (Thine hand) punishment.

Verse 14

mischief and spite — provocation and trouble of the sufferer (compare Psalm 6:7; Psalm 7:14).

committeth — or, “leaves (his burden) on Thee.”

Verse 15

arm — power.

till thou find none — So far from not requiting (Psalm 10:11, Psalm 10:13), God will utterly destroy the wicked and his deeds (Psalm 9:5, Psalm 9:6; Psalm 34:16; Psalm 37:36).

Verses 16-18

God reigns. The wicked, if for a time successful, shall be cut off. He hears and confirms the hearts of His suffering people (Psalm 112:7), executes justice for the feeble, and represses the pride and violence of conceited, though frail, men (compare Psalm 9:16).


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This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.

Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 10:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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