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Psalms 10:2

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10:2 The wicked arrogantly chase the oppressed; 1 

the oppressed are trapped 2  by the schemes the wicked have dreamed up. 3 

Psalms 10:9

Context

10:9 He lies in ambush in a hidden place, like a lion in a thicket; 4 

he lies in ambush, waiting to catch 5  the oppressed;

he catches the oppressed 6  by pulling in his net. 7 

1 tn Heb “because of the pride of [the] wicked he burns [i.e. hotly pursues] [the] oppressed.” The singular forms רָשָׁע (rasha’, “wicked”) and עָנִי (’aniy, “oppressed”) are collective and representative, as indicated in the next line, which uses plural verb forms to describe the actions of both.

2 tn The two imperfect verbal forms in v. 2 describe either what typically happens (from the psalmist’s perspective) or what the psalmist was experiencing at the time he offered this prayer.

3 tn Heb “they are trapped in the schemes which they have thought up.” The referents of the two pronominal suffixes on the verbs have been specified in the translation for clarity. The referent of the first suffix (“they”) is taken as the oppressed, while the referent of the second (“they”) is taken to be the wicked (cf. NIV, which renders “wicked” in the previous line as a collective singular). Others take the referent of both occurrences of “they” in the line to be the wicked (cf. NRSV, “let them be caught in the schemes they have devised”).

4 tn Or “in its den.”

5 tn The verb, which also appears in the next line, occurs only here and in Judg 21:21.

6 tn The singular form is collective (see v. 10) or refers to the typical or representative oppressed individual.

7 tn Or “when he [i.e., the wicked man] pulls in his net.”

sn The background of the imagery is hunting, where the hunter uses a net to entrap an unsuspecting bird or wild animal.



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