Psalms 10:1-18 (ANIV)
1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
who are caught in the schemes he devises.
3 He boasts of the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
4 In his pride the wicked does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
5 His ways are always prosperous;
he is haughty and your laws are far from him;
he sneers at all his enemies.
6 He says to himself, “Nothing will shake me;
I’ll always be happy and never have trouble.”
7 His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats;
trouble and evil are under his tongue.
8 He lies in wait near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent,
watching in secret for his victims.
9 He lies in wait like a lion in cover;
he lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
he covers his face and never sees.”
12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, O God, do see trouble and grief;
you consider it to take it in hand.
The victim commits himself to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evil man;
call him to account for his wickedness
that would not be found out.
16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
17 You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.
Psalm 9-10 may have originally been a single acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Septuagint they constitute one poem.
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in Bible Text. I have set the scene in the early morning,
The (unseen) sun is on the left (east) casting shadows to the right of objects and figures.
The “wicked man” can be seen in the centre of the picture, hiding behind the rocks, with a dagger or short sword in his hand.
There are various people walking towards or away from the safety of a walled village or town in the distance.
Psalm 10 is an example of a psalm of Thanksgiving, which describe a situation of distress & how God delivered the psalmist.
The “wicked man” (mentioned in verse 2, 13 and 15) is wearing red-brown robes and has an evil, smirking expression of contempt on his face. His intentions are clear from verses 8 and 9, “He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent, watching in secret for his victims. 9 He lies in wait like a lion in cover; he lies in wait to catch the helpless;”
Scene without the figures, showing the rock outcrop, town and mountains in the background.