1 Why, Hashem, do You stand aloof, heedless in times of trouble?
א לָמָה יְהוָה תַּעֲמֹד בְּרָחוֹק תַּעְלִים לְעִתּוֹת בַּצָּרָה׃
2 The wicked in his arrogance hounds the lowly— may they be caught in the schemes they devise!
ב בְּגַאֲוַת רָשָׁע יִדְלַק עָנִי יִתָּפְשׂוּ בִּמְזִמּוֹת זוּ חָשָׁבוּ׃
3 The wicked crows about his unbridled lusts; the grasping man reviles and scorns Hashem.
ג כִּי־הִלֵּל רָשָׁע עַל־תַּאֲוַת נַפְשׁוֹ וּבֹצֵעַ בֵּרֵךְ נִאֵץ יְהוָה׃
4 The wicked, arrogant as he is, in all his scheming [thinks], “He does not call to account; Hashem does not care.”
ד רָשָׁע כְּגֹבַהּ אַפּוֹ בַּל־יִדְרֹשׁ אֵין אֱלֹהִים כָּל־מְזִמּוֹתָיו׃
5 His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are far beyond him; he snorts at all his foes.
ה יָחִילוּ דרכו [דְרָכָיו ] בְּכָל־עֵת מָרוֹם מִשְׁפָּטֶיךָ מִנֶּגְדּוֹ כָּל־צוֹרְרָיו יָפִיחַ בָּהֶם׃
6 He thinks, “I shall not be shaken, through all time never be in trouble.”
ו אָמַר בְּלִבּוֹ בַּל־אֶמּוֹט לְדֹר וָדֹר אֲשֶׁר לֹא־בְרָע׃
7 His mouth is full of oaths, deceit, and fraud; mischief and evil are under his tongue.
ז אָלָה פִּיהוּ מָלֵא וּמִרְמוֹת וָתֹךְ תַּחַת לְשׁוֹנוֹ עָמָל וָאָוֶן׃
8 He lurks in outlying places; from a covert he slays the innocent; his eyes spy out the hapless.
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ח יֵשֵׁב בְּמַאְרַב חֲצֵרִים בַּמִּסְתָּרִים יַהֲרֹג נָקִי עֵינָיו לְחֵלְכָה יִצְפֹּנוּ׃
10:8 He lurks in outlying places
This psalm depicts the enemies of Israel who use the land’s hidden spaces to attack Hashem’s people. In 1946, before the establishment of the State of Israel, Jews courageously went out on the night after Yom Kippur, the ‘Day of Atonement,’ and created new settlements that became known as the “eleven points in the Negev,” in order to establish a presence on the ground to prevent attacks by Arabs, and hegemony of Arabs over the Jews, in southern Israel. One of the places chosen for Jewish settlement was Hatzerim, founded with just fifty inhabitants who struggled agriculturally due to the land’s brackish soil. Ultimately, however, they changed their focus from agriculture to industrial development and quickly established one of the leading agricultural companies in Israel. Today, the Netafim corporation, which developed drip-irrigation technology and is based in Hatzerim, provides solutions for many water-scarce countries around the world.1 comment
9 He waits in a covert like a lion in his lair; waits to seize the lowly; he seizes the lowly as he pulls his net shut;
ט יֶאֱרֹב בַּמִּסְתָּר כְּאַרְיֵה בְסֻכֹּה יֶאֱרֹב לַחֲטוֹף עָנִי יַחְטֹף עָנִי בְּמָשְׁכוֹ בְרִשְׁתּוֹ׃
10 he stoops, he crouches, and the hapless fall prey to his might.
י ודכה [יִדְכֶּה] יָשֹׁחַ וְנָפַל בַּעֲצוּמָיו חלכאים [חֵיל] [כָּאִים׃]
11 He thinks, “Hashem is not mindful, He hides His face, He never looks.”
יא אָמַר בְּלִבּוֹ שָׁכַח אֵל הִסְתִּיר פָּנָיו בַּל־רָאָה לָנֶצַח׃
12 Rise, Hashem! Strike at him, O Hashem! Do not forget the lowly.
יב קוּמָה יְהוָה אֵל נְשָׂא יָדֶךָ אַל־תִּשְׁכַּח עניים [עֲנָוִים׃]
13 Why should the wicked man scorn Hashem, thinking You do not call to account?
יג עַל־מֶה נִאֵץ רָשָׁע אֱלֹהִים אָמַר בְּלִבּוֹ לֹא תִּדְרֹשׁ׃
14 You do look! You take note of mischief and vexation! To requite is in Your power. To You the hapless can entrust himself; You have ever been the orphan’s help.
יד רָאִתָה כִּי־אַתָּה עָמָל וָכַעַס תַּבִּיט לָתֵת בְּיָדֶךָ עָלֶיךָ יַעֲזֹב חֵלֶכָה יָתוֹם אַתָּה הָיִיתָ עוֹזֵר׃
15 O break the power of the wicked and evil man, so that when You look for his wickedness You will find it no more.
טו שְׁבֹר זְרוֹעַ רָשָׁע וָרָע תִּדְרוֹשׁ־רִשְׁעוֹ בַל־תִּמְצָא׃
16 Hashem is king for ever and ever; the nations will perish from His land.
טז יְהוָה מֶלֶךְ עוֹלָם וָעֶד אָבְדוּ גוֹיִם מֵאַרְצוֹ׃
17 You will listen to the entreaty of the lowly, Hashem, You will make their hearts firm; You will incline Your ear
יז תַּאֲוַת עֲנָוִים שָׁמַעְתָּ יְהוָה תָּכִין לִבָּם תַּקְשִׁיב אָזְנֶךָ׃
18 to Champion the orphan and the downtrodden, that men who are of the earth tyrannize no more.
יח לִשְׁפֹּט יָתוֹם וָדָךְ בַּל־יוֹסִיף עוֹד לַעֲרֹץ אֱנוֹשׁ מִן־הָאָרֶץ׃