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Psalms 10:1

    Psalms 10:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Why stand you afar off, O LORD? why hide you yourself in times of trouble?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Why standest thou afar off, O Jehovah? Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Why do you keep far away, O Lord? why are you not to be seen in times of trouble?

    Webster's Revision

    Why standest thou afar off, O Jehovah? Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

    World English Bible

    Why do you stand far off, Yahweh? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 10:1

    Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? - This Psalm makes a part of the preceding in the Vulgate and Septuagint; and in four of Kennicott's and De Rossi's MSS. It seems to belong to the time of the captivity, or the return of the captives. It was probably made in reference to Sanballat, and the other enemies or the Jews. There is a great similarity between this and Psalm 13:1-6, Psalm 14:1-7, 35, and Psalm 53:1-6 : In these, as Calmet remarks, we find the same complaints, the same sentiments, and almost the same expressions.

    God is represented here as standing at some distance, beholding the oppression of his people, and yet apparently disregarding it.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 10:1

    Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? - That is, What is the reason why thou doest this? The thought upon which this is based is that God might be expected to interpose in a time of trouble, and that His aid might then be looked for. Yet, in this case, He seemed to be an indifferent spectator of the sorrows and afflictions of the wronged and oppressed. This filled the mind of the writer with surprise, and he could not account for it, especially in view of the character of the person or persons who had wronged the author of the psalm. "To stand afar off" in such circumstances, is an attitude of indifference and unconcern - as when others do not come near us if we are sick, or are bereaved, or are in circumstances of poverty and want. That man should do this would have produced no surprise in the mind of the writer; that God should do it was something that filled him with wonder.

    Why hidest thou thyself? - As if God concealed himself or kept away. He did not manifest himself, but seemed to let the afflicted man suffer alone.

    In times of trouble - Affliction, sorrow, persecution. The particular trouble referred to here was that which was produced by the machinations of the enemy or enemies whose character is described in the following verses. The question, however, is put in a general form, as if it; were strange and unaccountable that God should ever fail to interpose in time of trouble. How often has there been occasion to ask this question in our world!