Psalm 10:2
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New International Version
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.

New Living Translation
The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor. Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.

English Standard Version
In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.

New American Standard Bible
In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

King James Bible
The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In arrogance the wicked relentlessly pursue the afflicted; let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.

International Standard Version
The wicked one arrogantly pursues the afflicted, who are trapped in the schemes he devises.

NET Bible
The wicked arrogantly chase the oppressed; the oppressed are trapped by the schemes the wicked have dreamed up.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In the wicked man's pride he consumes the poor; they will be caught in the mind set which they have contrived.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The wicked person arrogantly pursues oppressed people. He will be caught in the schemes that he planned.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked in his pride does persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

American King James Version
The wicked in his pride does persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

American Standard Version
In the pride of the wicked the poor is hotly pursued; Let them be taken in the devices that they have conceived.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whilst the wicked man is proud, the poor is set on fire: they are caught in the counsels which they devise.

Darby Bible Translation
The wicked, in his pride, doth hotly pursue the afflicted. They shall be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

English Revised Version
In the pride of the wicked the poor is hotly pursued; let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

World English Bible
In arrogance, the wicked hunt down the weak. They are caught in the schemes that they devise.

Young's Literal Translation
Through the pride of the wicked, Is the poor inflamed, They are caught in devices that they devised.
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 2. - The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor. Dr. Kay translates, "Through the pride of the wicked man the poor is set on fire;" and our Revisers, "In the pride of the wicked, the poor is hotly pursued;" and so (nearly) the LXX., the Vulgate, Aquila, Symmachus, Kohler, Hengstenberg, and others. The Authorized Version paraphrases rather than translates; but it does not misrepresent the general sense, which is a complaint that the poor are persecuted by the wicked. Let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined (comp. Psalm 35:8, "Let his net that he hath hid catch himself;" and Psalm 141:10, "Let the wicked fall into their own nets;" see also Psalm 7:15, 16; Psalm 9:15; Proverbs 5:22; Proverbs 26:27: Ecclesiastes 10:8). Some, however, translate, "They (i.e. the poor) are ensnared in the devices which they (i.e. the wicked) have imagined;" and this is certainly a possible rendering. Hengstenberg regards it as preferable to the other "on account of the parallelism and connection."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor,.... The "poor" is the good and gracious man, who is commonly poor in this world's things, and is sensibly poor in spirit, or sensible of his spiritual poverty; or he is so called because "afflicted", as the word signifies; and he is afflicted because he is poor: these two characters generally go together. The "wicked" man is the wicked one, the lawless one, the man of sin, and son of perdition, antichrist, the great persecutor of Christ's poor saints and faithful witnesses, more or less, ever since he has been in power; and which arises from the "pride" of his heart, not bearing that any should refuse to pay homage to him, contradict his will, or dissent from him. The word (s) signifies to follow after, to pursue, as Jarchi, Aben Ezra, Kimchi, and Ben Melech, interpret it; and "to pursue hotly", as it is rendered in Genesis 31:36; and denotes the vehemence and heat of his wrath and fury, with which antichrist persecutes the followers of the Lamb; hence persecution is compared to the heat of the sun, Matthew 13:6; Some render the words, "through the pride of the wicked the poor is burned", or "the poor burns" (t): which may be understood either literally, of the burning of the martyrs of Jesus by antichrist, as here in Queen Mary's days; and which was foretold, that some of the saints should fall by flame, as well as by sword, captivity, and spoil; and to which that part of the description of Christ answers, whose feet are said to be like fine brass, as if it burned in a furnace; and which is prefaced to the epistle to the church at Thyatira, which is an emblem of the apostate church: see Daniel 11:33; or figuratively, of the poor saints burning with grief at the pride and wickedness of the man of sin, and with zeal for the honour and glory of God; see 2 Corinthians 11:29, Sol 8:6;

let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined: we read the words as a petition; and so the sense is, let the wicked persecutors be taken in the wicked and crafty schemes which they have devised for the hurt of others, as they are, or will be; see Psalm 9:15. But the psalmist is not yet come to petitions, nor does he until Psalm 10:12; but is all along describing the wickedness of the wicked one. It seems better therefore to render the words as do the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions, "they are taken in the devices that they have imagined": and the meaning is, that the poor, who are persecuted by the wicked, are taken by their crafty schemes they lay for them, as Jarchi interprets it, and are put to death by them. So these words show the issue and event of persecution: and this sense best agrees with the boasted success of the wicked man Psalm 10:3.

(s) "fervide persequitur", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "ferventer", Gejerus; so Ainsworth. (t) "Incenditur", V. L. "ardet", Tigurine version, Muis, Cocceius.

The Treasury of David

2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.

4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments art far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

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

11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

Psalm 10:2

The second verse contains the formal indictment against the wicked: "The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor." The accusation divides itself into two distinct charges - pride and tyranny; the one the root and cause of the other. The second sentence is the humble petition of the oppressed: "Let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined." The prayer is reasonable, just, and natural. Even our enemies themselves being judges, it is but right that men should be done by as they wished to do to others. We only weigh you in your own scales, and measure your corn with your own bushel. Terrible shall be the day, O persecuting Babylon! when thou shalt be made to drink of the winecup which thou thyself hast filled to the brim with the blood of saints. There are none who will dispute the justice of God, when he shall hang every Haman on his own gallows, and cast all the enemies of his Daniels into their own den of lions.

Psalm 10:3

The indictment being read, and the petition presented, the evidence is now heard upon the first count. The evidence is very full and conclusive upon the matter of pride, and no jury could hesitate to give a verdict against the prisoner at the bar. Let us, however, hear the witnesses one by one. The first testifies that he is a boaster. "For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire." He is a very silly boaster, for he glories in a mere desire: a very brazen-faced boaster, for that desire is villainy; and a most abandoned sinner, to boast of that which is his shame. Bragging sinners are the worst and most contemptible of men, especially when their filthy desires - too filthy to be carried into act - become the theme of their boastings. When Mr. Hate-Good and Mr. Heady are joined in partnership, they drive a brisk trade in the devil's wares. This one proof is enough to condemn the prisoner at the bar. Take him away, jailor! But stay, another witness desires to be sworn and heard. This time, the impudence of the proud rebel is even more apparent; for he "blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth." This is insolence, which is pride unmasked. He is haughty enough to differ from the Judge of all the earth, and bless the men whom God hath cursed. So did the sinful generation in the days of Malachi, who called the proud happy, and set up those that worked wickedness (Malachi 3:15). These base pretenders would dispute with their Maker; they would -

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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

Psalm 10:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Why Do You Stand Far Off?
1Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble? 2In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised. 3For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns the LORD.…
Cross References
Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

Psalm 7:16
The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.

Psalm 9:16
The LORD is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.

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 21:11
Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.

Psalm 73:6
Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.

Psalm 73:8
They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression.

Psalm 140:8
Do not grant the wicked their desires, LORD; do not let their plans succeed.
Treasury of Scripture

The wicked in his pride does persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

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Psalm 140:5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a …

Exodus 9:17 As yet exalt you yourself against my people, that you will not let them go?

Exodus 18:11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing …

Isaiah 10:12,13 Why it shall come to pass, that when the Lord has performed his whole …

Isaiah 14:13,16 For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will …

Jeremiah 43:2 Then spoke Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, …

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Psalm 7:16 His mischief shall return on his own head, and his violent dealing …

Psalm 9:15,16 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which …

Proverbs 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be …

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