Psalm 10:10
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New International Version
His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength.

New Living Translation
Their helpless victims are crushed; they fall beneath the strength of the wicked.

English Standard Version
The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

New American Standard Bible
He crouches, he bows down, And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.

King James Bible
He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So he is oppressed and beaten down; the helpless fall because of his strength.

International Standard Version
The victim is crushed, and he sinks down; the helpless fall by their might.

NET Bible
His victims are crushed and beaten down; they are trapped in his sturdy nets.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He will be humbled and fall and in his bones is sickness and pain.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[His] victims are crushed. They collapse, and they fall under [the weight of] his power.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He crouches and hides himself, and many are those who fall under his power.

King James 2000 Bible
He crouches, and lies low, that the poor may fall by his strength.

American King James Version
He crouches, and humbles himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

American Standard Version
He croucheth, he boweth down, And the helpless fall by his strong ones.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In his net he will bring him down, he will crouch and fall, when he shall have power over the poor.

Darby Bible Translation
He croucheth, he boweth down, that the wretched may fall by his strong ones.

English Revised Version
He croucheth, he boweth down, and the helpless fall by his strong ones.

Webster's Bible Translation
He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

World English Bible
The helpless are crushed. They collapse. They fall under his strength.

Young's Literal Translation
He is bruised -- he boweth down, Fallen by his mighty ones hath the afflicted.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:1-11 God's withdrawings are very grievous to his people, especially in times of trouble. We stand afar off from God by our unbelief, and then complain that God stands afar off from us. Passionate words against bad men do more hurt than good; if we speak of their badness, let it be to the Lord in prayer; he can make them better. The sinner proudly glories in his power and success. Wicked people will not seek after God, that is, will not call upon him. They live without prayer, and that is living without God. They have many thoughts, many objects and devices, but think not of the Lord in any of them; they have no submission to his will, nor aim for his glory. The cause of this is pride. Men think it below them to be religious. They could not break all the laws of justice and goodness toward man, if they had not first shaken off all sense of religion.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - He croucheth, and humbleth himself; rather, crushed, he sinks down. The subject is changed, and the poor man's condition spoken cf. That the poor may fall by his strong ones; rather, and the helpless (comp. ver. 8)fall by his strong ones. The "strong ones" are the ruffians whom the wicked man employs to effect his purposes.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He croucheth and humbleth himself,.... As the lion before he leaps and seizes on his prey, and as the fowler creepeth upon the ground to draw the bird into his net and catch it; so the antichristian beast has two horns like a lamb; though he has the mouth of a lion, and speaks like a dragon, he would be thought to be like the Lamb of God, meek, and lowly, and humble, and therefore calls himself "servus servorum", "the servant of servants"; but his end is,

that the poor may fall by his strong ones; the word for "poor" is here used, as before observed on Psalm 10:8, in the plural number, and is read by the Masorites as two words, though it is written as one, and is by them and other Jewish writers (h) interpreted a multitude, company, or army of poor ones, whose strength is worn out; these weak and feeble ones antichrist causes to fall by his strong ones; either by his strong decrees, cruel edicts, and severe punishments, as by sword, by flame, by captivity and by spoils, Daniel 11:33; or by the kings of the earth and their armies, their mighty men of war, their soldiers, whom he instigates and influences to persecute their subjects, who will not receive his mark in their right hands or foreheads, Revelation 13:15. It is very observable, that those persecuted by antichrist are so often in this prophetic psalm called "poor"; and it is also remarkable, that there were a set of men in the darkest times of Popery, and who were persecuted by the Papists, called the "poor" men of Lyons: the whole verse may be rendered and paraphrased thus, "he tears in pieces", that is, the poor, whom he catches in his net; "he boweth himself", as the lion does, as before observed; "that he may fall", or rush upon; with his strong ones, his mighty armies, "upon the multitude of the poor".

(h) Jarchi, Kimchi, & Ben Melech in loc.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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.

Psalm 10:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Why Do You Stand Far Off?
9He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net. 10He crouches, he bows down, And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones. 11He says to himself, "God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it."…
Cross References
Psalm 10:8
He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims;

Psalm 10:9
like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.

Psalm 10:11
He says to himself, "God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees."

Proverbs 24:15
Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous, do not plunder their dwelling place;
Treasury of Scripture

He crouches, and humbles himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

croucheth. Heb. breaketh himself

1 Samuel 2:36 And it shall come to pass…

humbleth

1 Samuel 18:21-26 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, …

1 Samuel 23:21,22 And Saul said, Blessed be you of the LORD; for you have compassion on me…

2 Samuel 15:5 And it was so, that when any man came near to him to do him obeisance, …

by his strong ones. Heb. into his strong parts

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