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Psalms 10:11-13

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10:11 He says to himself, 1 

“God overlooks it;

he does not pay attention;

he never notices.” 2 

10:12 Rise up, Lord! 3 

O God, strike him down! 4 

Do not forget the oppressed!

10:13 Why does the wicked man reject God? 5 

He says to himself, 6  “You 7  will not hold me accountable.” 8 

1 tn Heb “he says in his heart.” See v. 6.

2 tn Heb “God forgets, he hides his face, he never sees.”

3 sn Rise up, O Lord! The psalmist’s mood changes from lament to petition and confidence.

4 tn Heb “lift up your hand.” Usually the expression “lifting the hand” refers to praying (Pss 28:2; 134:2) or making an oath (Ps 106:26), but here it probably refers to “striking a blow” (see 2 Sam 18:28; 20:21). Note v. 15, where the psalmist asks the Lord to “break the arm of the wicked.” A less likely option is that the psalmist is requesting that the Lord declare by oath his intention to intervene.

5 tn The rhetorical question expresses the psalmist’s outrage that the wicked would have the audacity to disdain God.

6 tn Heb “he says in his heart” (see vv. 6, 11). Another option is to understand an ellipsis of the interrogative particle here (cf. the preceding line), “Why does he say in his heart?”

7 tn Here the wicked man addresses God directly.

8 tn Heb “you will not seek.” The verb דָרַשׁ (darash, “seek”) is used here in the sense of “seek an accounting.” One could understand the imperfect as generalizing about what is typical and translate, “you do not hold [people] accountable.”



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