Psalm 10:5
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New International Version
His ways are always prosperous; your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies.

New Living Translation
Yet they succeed in everything they do. They do not see your punishment awaiting them. They sneer at all their enemies.

English Standard Version
His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them.

New American Standard Bible
His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His ways are always secure; Your lofty judgments are beyond his sight; he scoffs at all his adversaries.

International Standard Version
Their ways always seem prosperous. Your judgments are on high, far away from them. They scoff at all their enemies.

NET Bible
He is secure at all times. He has no regard for your commands; he disdains all his enemies.

New Heart English Bible
His ways are firm at all times. Your judgments are turned aside. As for all his adversaries, he sneers at them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And his ways are dissolute always, and your judgment enters against him, and he despises all his enemies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He always seems to succeed. Your judgments are beyond his understanding. He spits at all his opponents.

JPS Tanakh 1917
His ways prosper at all times; Thy judgments are far above out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he puffeth at them.

New American Standard 1977
His ways prosper at all times;
            Thy judgments are on high, out of his sight;
            As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he puffs at them.

King James 2000 Bible
His ways are always prosperous; your judgments are far above, out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he sneers at them.

American King James Version
His ways are always grievous; your judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffs at them.

American Standard Version
His ways are firm at all times; Thy judgments are far above out of his sight: As for all his adversaries, he puffeth at them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God is not before his eyes: his ways are filthy at all times. Thy judgments are removed from his sight: he shall rule over all his enemies.

Darby Bible Translation
His ways always succeed; thy judgments are far above out of his sight; [as for] all his adversaries, he puffeth at them.

English Revised Version
His ways are firm at all times; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his adversaries, he puffeth at them.

Webster's Bible Translation
His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

World English Bible
His ways are prosperous at all times. He is haughty, and your laws are far from his sight. As for all his adversaries, he sneers at them.

Young's Literal Translation
Pain do his ways at all times, On high are Thy judgments before him, All his adversaries -- he puffeth at them.
Study Bible
Why Do You Stand Far Off?
4The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, "There is no God." 5His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them. 6He says to himself, "I will not be moved; Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity."…
Cross References
Psalm 17:4
As for the deeds of men, by the word of Your lips I have kept from the paths of the violent.

Psalm 28:5
Because they do not regard the works of the LORD Nor the deeds of His hands, He will tear them down and not build them up.

Psalm 52:7
"Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge, But trusted in the abundance of his riches And was strong in his evil desire."

Proverbs 24:7
Wisdom is too exalted for a fool, He does not open his mouth in the gate.
Treasury of Scripture

His ways are always grievous; your judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffs at them.

His

Genesis 6:12 And God looked on the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all …

Proverbs 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which takes …

Proverbs 2:13,15 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness…

Isaiah 10:1 Woe to them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness …

Hosea 9:9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: …

Romans 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

thy judgments

Psalm 92:5,6 O LORD, how great are your works! and your thoughts are very deep…

Proverbs 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Proverbs 24:1 Be not you envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

Isaiah 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in …

Isaiah 26:11 LORD, when your hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall …

Isaiah 28:15 Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with …

Isaiah 42:25 Therefore he has poured on him the fury of his anger, and the strength …

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he …

he puffeth

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now …

Judges 9:27,38 And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, …

2 Samuel 5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem to the Jebusites, the …

1 Kings 20:10,11,13 And Benhadad sent to him, and said, The gods do so to me, and more also…

(5) His ways are always grievous.--Better, his enterprises always succeed. This meaning is obtained from Job 20:21, "nothing escaped his covetousness, therefore his prospering shall not last," and from the cognate of the verb "strength." Perhaps, however, "his ways are always strong" implies only the bold and reckless course with which a tyrant pursues his end. (Comp. Psalm 73:12.)

Thy judgments . . . .--Literally, a height thy judgments far above him. (Comp. Psalm 36:6.)

Puffeth--i.e., in scorn. (Comp. Psalm 12:5.) South uses the word in this sense, "It is really to defy heaven to puff at damnation, and bid omnipotence do its work." It is especially forcible after the description of the haughty attitude of the wicked, with his nose high in the air, snorting out contempt against his foes, disdaining God and man alike.

Verse 5. - His ways are always grievous; lather, firm; i.e. steadfast and consistent, not wavering and uncertain. The thoroughly wicked person who "neither fears God nor regards man," pursues the course which he has set himself, without deviation, turning neither to the right hand nor to the left. There is nothing to hinder him - no qualm of conscience, no distrust of himself, no fear of other men's opposition. Thy judgments are far above out of his sight. They are held in reserve; he does not foresee them - he does not believe in them. As for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. His human adversaries he wholly despises, believing that a breath from his month will bring them to nothing. His ways are always grievous,.... To God and to his people; or, "his ways cause terror" (a), so Aben Ezra; make men fear; as antichrist has made the whole world tremble at him, Revelation 13:4; or, "his ways are defiled", as the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin render it; for to him is nothing pure, his mind and conscience being defiled, Titus 1:15; or, "his ways always remain" (b); they are always the same, there is no change in them for the better: or they "prosper" (c) as Jarchi interprets it; and this is sometimes stumbling to the saints, Jeremiah 12:1;

thy judgments are far above, out of his sight: meaning either the laws, statutes, and commandments of God, which are not taken notice of by him; but his own decrees or orders are set in the room of them; or the examples of punishment inflicted on wicked men, as on the old world, on Sodom and Gomorrah, the Egyptians, and other nations; these are not regarded, when they should be a terror to him;

as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them; who are the poor saints, and are looked upon by antichrist as feeble creatures, and all their efforts against him and his kingdom are treated with contempt: he blows upon them, and suggests that he can cause them to fall with the breath of his mouth, or strike them down with a straw or a feather; see Psalm 12:6.

(a) "terrent", Cocceius. (b) "Permanent sive perdurant", Lutherus, Gejerus. (c) "Prosperantur", Musculus, Calvin, Ainsworth, Piscator. 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, Isa 26:11), sneers at his enemies, and boasts perpetual freedom from evil.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.
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