Psalm 10:13
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New International Version
Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, "He won't call me to account"?

New Living Translation
Why do the wicked get away with despising God? They think, "God will never call us to account."

English Standard Version
Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

New American Standard Bible
Why has the wicked spurned God? He has said to himself, "You will not require it."

King James Bible
Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why has the wicked person despised God? He says to himself, "You will not demand an account."

International Standard Version
Why do the wicked despise God and say to themselves, "God will not seek justice."?

NET Bible
Why does the wicked man reject God? He says to himself, "You will not hold me accountable."

New Heart English Bible
Why does the wicked person condemn God, and say in his heart, "You will not seek (an accounting)."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why does the sinner anger God and say his heart, “You will not require it?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why does the wicked person despise God? Why does he say to himself, "God doesn't care"?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God, And say in his heart: 'Thou wilt not require'?

New American Standard 1977
Why has the wicked spurned God?
            He has said to himself, “Thou wilt not require it.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
In what does the wicked irritate God? He has said in his heart, Thou wilt not require accountability.

King James 2000 Bible
Why does the wicked renounce God? he has said in his heart, You will not require it.

American King James Version
Why does the wicked scorn God? he has said in his heart, You will not require it.

American Standard Version
Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God, And say in his heart, Thou wilt not require it ?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore hath the wicked provoked God? for he hath said in his heart: He will not require it.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? He hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require [it].

English Revised Version
Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God, and say in his heart, Thou wilt not require it?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

World English Bible
Why does the wicked person condemn God, and say in his heart, "God won't call me into account?"

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore hath the wicked despised God? He hath said in his heart, 'It is not required.'
Study Bible
Why Do You Stand Far Off?
12Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Your hand. Do not forget the afflicted. 13Why has the wicked spurned God? He has said to himself, "You will not require it." 14You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand. The unfortunate commits himself to You; You have been the helper of the orphan.…
Cross References
Psalm 10:3
For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns the LORD.

Psalm 10:4
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, "There is no God."

Isaiah 29:15
Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the LORD, And whose deeds are done in a dark place, And they say, "Who sees us?" or "Who knows us?"
Treasury of Scripture

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Verse 13. - Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? God's long-suffering does but make the wicked despise him. Wherefore is this allowed to continue (comp. ver. 1)? He hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it; rather, as in the Prayer-beck Version, while he cloth say in his heart (see vers. 6, 11). Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God?.... God may be said to be contemned or despised, when his being, perfections, and providence are denied, or called in question, or abused, Psalm 10:9; when his word is derided, the great things of his law are counted as a strange thing Hosea 8:12, and the truths of his Gospel are reckoned foolishness; and instead of these, the decrees, doctrines, and traditions of men, are set up, as by antichrist; and when his ministers, and especially his Son, are treated with disdain, Luke 10:16;

he hath said in his heart, thou wilt not require it, or "seek it" (i); or inquire after it, his iniquity; the sense is, that God will make no inquiry after sin, and bring it into judgment, unto account, and under examination; or will not make inquisition, that is, for blood, for the blood of the saints and martyrs of Jesus, shed by antichrist; or will not require it at his hands, or recompense vengeance for it: all which is false and vain; the contrary to it will be found true.

(i) "te non inquisiturum", Piscator, Michaelis; so Ainsworth. 13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

In these verses the description of the wicked is condensed, and the evil of his character traced to its source, viz., atheistical ideas with regard to the government of the world. We may at once perceive that this is intended to be another urgent plea with the Lord to show his power, and reveal his justice. When the wicked call God's righteousness in question, we may well beg him to teach them terrible things in righteousness. In Psalm 10:13, the hope of the infidel and his heart-wishes are laid bare. He despises the Lord, because he will not believe that sin will meet with punishment: "he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it." If there were no hell for other men, there ought to be one for those who question the justice of it. This vile suggestion receives its answer in Psalm 10:14. "Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand." God is all-eye to see, and all-hand to punish his enemies. From Divine oversight there is no hiding, and from Divine justice there is no fleeing. Wanton mischief shall meet with woeful misery, and those who harbour spite shall inherit sorrow. Verily there is a God which judgeth in the earth. Nor is this the only instance of the presence of God in the world; for while he chastises the oppressor, he befriends the oppressed. "The poor committeth himself unto thee." They give themselves up entirely into the Lord's hands. Resigning their judgment to his enlightenment, and their wills to his supremacy, they rest assured that he will order all things for the best. Nor does he deceive their hope. He preserves them in times of need, and causes them to rejoice in his goodness. "Thou art the helper of the fatherless." God is the parent of all orphans. When the earthly father sleeps beneath the sod, a heavenly Father smiles from above. By some means or other, orphan children are fed, and well they may when they have such a Father.

Psalm 10:15

In this verse we hear again the burden of the Psalmist's prayer: "Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man." Let the sinner lose his power to sin; stop the tyrant, arrest the oppressor, weaken the loins of the mighty, and dash in pieces the terrible. They deny thy justice: let them feel it to the full. Indeed, they shall feel it; for God shall hunt the sinner for ever: so long as there is a grain of sin in him it shall be sought out and punished. It is not a little worthy of note, that very few great persecutors have ever died in their beds: the curse has manifestly pursued them, and their fearful sufferings have made them own that divine justice at which they could at one time launch defiance. God permits tyrants to arise as thorn-hedges to protect his church from the intrusion of hypocrites, and that he may teach his backsliding children by them, as Gideon did the men of Succoth with the briers of the wilderness; but he soon cuts up these Herods, like the thorns, and casts them into the fire. Thales, the Milestan, one of the wise men of Greece, being asked what he thought to be the greatest rarity in the world, replied, "To see a tyrant live to be an old man." See how the Lord breaks, not only the arm, but the neck of proud oppressors! To the men who had neither justice nor mercy for the saints, there shall be rendered justice to the full, but not a grain of mercy. 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.10:12-18 The psalmist speaks with astonishment, at the wickedness of the wicked, and at the patience and forbearance of God. God prepares the heart for prayer, by kindling holy desires, and strengthening our most holy faith, fixing the thoughts, and raising the affections, and then he graciously accepts the prayer. The preparation of the heart is from the Lord, and we must seek unto him for it. Let the poor, afflicted, persecuted, or tempted believer recollect, that Satan is the prince of this world, and that he is the father of all the ungodly. The children of God cannot expect kindness, truth, or justice from such persons as crucified the Lord of glory. But this once suffering Jesus, now reigns as King over all the earth, and of his dominion there shall be no end. Let us commit ourselves unto him, humbly trusting in his mercy. He will rescue the believer from every temptation, and break the arm of every wicked oppressor, and bruise Satan under our feet shortly. But in heaven alone will all sin and temptation be shut out, though in this life the believer has a foretaste of deliverance.
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