Psalms 10
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1  Why standest Thou afar off, O Hashem? Why hidest Thou Thyself in times of trouble?

א  לָמָה יְהוָה תַּעֲמֹד בְּרָחוֹק תַּעְלִים לְעִתּוֹת בַּצָּרָה.

2  Through the pride of the wicked the poor is hotly pursued, they are taken in the devices that they have imagined.

ב  בְּגַאֲוַת רָשָׁע יִדְלַק עָנִי יִתָּפְשׂוּ בִּמְזִמּוֹת זוּ חָשָׁבוּ.

3  For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and the covetous vaunteth himself, though he contemn Hashem.

ג  כִּי הִלֵּל רָשָׁע עַל תַּאֲוַת נַפְשׁוֹ וּבֹצֵעַ בֵּרֵךְ נִאֵץ יְהוָה.

4  The wicked, in the pride of his countenance [, saith]: ‘He will not require’; all his thoughts are: ‘There is no God.’

ד  רָשָׁע כְּגֹבַהּ אַפּוֹ בַּל יִדְרֹשׁ אֵין אֱלֹהִים כָּל מְזִמּוֹתָיו.

5  His ways prosper at all times; Thy judgments are far above out of his sight; as for all his adversaries, he puffeth at them.

ה  יָחִילוּ דְרָכָו בְּכָל עֵת מָרוֹם מִשְׁפָּטֶיךָ מִנֶּגְדּוֹ כָּל צוֹרְרָיו יָפִיחַ בָּהֶם.

6  He saith in his heart: ‘I shall not be moved, I who to all generations shall not be in adversity.’

ו  אָמַר בְּלִבּוֹ בַּל אֶמּוֹט לְדֹר וָדֹר אֲשֶׁר לֹא בְרָע.

7  His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.

ז  אָלָה פִּיהוּ מָלֵא וּמִרְמוֹת וָתֹךְ תַּחַת לְשׁוֹנוֹ עָמָל וָאָוֶן.

8  He sitteth in the lurking-places of the villages; in secret places doth he slay the innocent; his eyes are on the watch for the helpless.

yay-SHAYV b’-ma-RAV kha-tzay-REEM ba-mis-ta-REEM ya-ha-ROG na-KEE ay-NAV l’-khay-l’-KHA yitz-PO-nu

ח  יֵשֵׁב בְּמַאְרַב חֲצֵרִים בַּמִּסְתָּרִים יַהֲרֹג נָקִי עֵינָיו לְחֵלְכָה יִצְפֹּנוּ.

10:8   He sitteth in the lurking-places of the villages

This psalm depicts the enemies of Israel who use the land’s hidden spaces to attack God’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 settled “eleven points in the Negev” in order to have a presence on the ground to prevent such attacks by Arabs, and hegemony of Arabs over the Jews, in southern Israel. One of the places chosen for Jewish settlement was Hatzerim, created with just 50 inhabitants. They 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, provides solutions for many ‘water-sparse’ countries around the world.

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9  He lieth in wait in a secret place as a lion in his lair, he lieth in wait to catch the poor; he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him up in his net.

ט  יֶאֱרֹב בַּמִּסְתָּר כְּאַרְיֵה בְסֻכֹּה יֶאֱרֹב לַחֲטוֹף עָנִי יַחְטֹף עָנִי בְּמָשְׁכוֹ בְרִשְׁתּוֹ.

10  He croucheth, he boweth down, and the helpless fall into his mighty claws.

י  ודכה (יִדְכֶּה) יָשֹׁחַ וְנָפַל בַּעֲצוּמָיו חלכאים (חֵל כָּאִים).

11  He hath said in his heart: ‘God hath forgotten; He hideth His face; He will never see.’

יא  אָמַר בְּלִבּוֹ שָׁכַח אֵל הִסְתִּיר פָּנָיו בַּל רָאָה לָנֶצַח.

12  Arise, O Hashem; O God, lift up Thy hand; forget not the humble.

יב  קוּמָה יְהוָה אֵל נְשָׂא יָדֶךָ אַל תִּשְׁכַּח עניים (עֲנָוִים).

13  Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God, and say in his heart: ‘Thou wilt not require’?

יג  עַל מֶה נִאֵץ רָשָׁע אֱלֹהִים אָמַר בְּלִבּוֹ לֹא תִדְרֹשׁ.

14  Thou hast seen; for Thou beholdest trouble and vexation, to requite them with Thy hand; unto Thee the helpless committeth himself; Thou hast been the helper of the fatherless.

יד  רָאִתָה כִּי אַתָּה עָמָל וָכַעַס תַּבִּיט לָתֵת בְּיָדֶךָ עָלֶיךָ יַעֲזֹב חֵלֵכָה יָתוֹם אַתָּה הָיִיתָ עוֹזֵר.

15  Break Thou the arm of the wicked; and as for the evil man, search out his wickedness, till none be found.

טו  שְׁבֹר זְרוֹעַ רָשָׁע וָרָע תִּדְרוֹשׁ רִשְׁעוֹ בַל תִּמְצָא.

16  Hashem is King for ever and ever; the nations are perished out of His land.

טז  יְהוָה מֶלֶךְ עוֹלָם וָעֶד אָבְדוּ גוֹיִם מֵאַרְצוֹ.

17  Hashem, Thou hast heard the desire of the humble: Thou wilt direct their heart, Thou wilt cause Thine ear to attend;

יז  תַּאֲוַת עֲנָוִים שָׁמַעְתָּ יְהוָה תָּכִין לִבָּם תַּקְשִׁיב אָזְנֶךָ.

18  To right the fatherless and the oppressed, that man who is of the earth may be terrible no more.

יח  לִשְׁפֹּט יָתוֹם וָדָךְ בַּל יוֹסִיף עוֹד לַעֲרֹץ אֱנוֹשׁ מִן הָאָרֶץ.

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