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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Psalms Chapter 10

Psalms 10:3

psa 10:3

Boasteth - He glorieth in his very sins which are his shame, and especially in the satisfaction of his desires.

Psalms 10:4

psa 10:4

Countenance - So called, because though pride be properly seated in the heart, yet it is manifest in the countenance.

Psalms 10:5

psa 10:5

Judgments - Thy threatenings denounced against, and punishments inflicted upon sinners. Are far - He doth not regard or fear them: yea he despises them, being confident that he can blow them away with a breath. This is a gesture of contempt or disdain, both in scripture, and other authors.

Psalms 10:7

psa 10:7

Tongue - Under his fair and plausible speeches, mischief is hid and covered. Vanity - Or, injury, the vexation or oppression of other men.

Psalms 10:8

psa 10:8

Sitteth - Not within the villages, but in the ways bordering upon them, or leading to them, as robbers use to do. Are set - Heb. Are hid. He watches and looks out of his lurking - place. He alludes still to the practices of robbers.

Psalms 10:10

psa 10:10

Croucheth - Like a lion (for he continues the same metaphor) which lies close upon the ground, partly that he may not be discovered, and partly that he may more suddenly and surely lay hold on his prey.

Psalms 10:13

psa 10:13

Contemn - Why dost thou by giving them impunity, suffer and occasion them to despise thee?

Psalms 10:14

psa 10:14

Requite - Heb. to give (to restore or pay the mischief which they have done to others) with thy hand, by thy own extraordinary providence, because the oppressed were destitute of all other succours. Fatherless - Of such as have no friend or helper, one kind of them being put for all.

Psalms 10:15

psa 10:15

Seek - Search for it, and punish these wicked atheists. 'Till - No such wickedness be left in the world, or at least in the church.

Psalms 10:16

psa 10:16

Is king - To whom it belongs to protect his subjects. Therefore his peoples case is never desperate, seeing he ever lives to help them. The heathen - The Canaanites; whom God, as king of the world, expelled, and gave their land to his people. By which great example he confirms his faith and hope for the future. His land - Out of Canaan, which God calls his land, because he gave it to them, and fixed his presence and dwelling in it.

Psalms 10:17

psa 10:17

Prepare - By thy grace and good spirit, that they may so pray as thou wilt hear.

Psalms 10:18

psa 10:18

To judge - To give sentence for them, and against their enemies. The man - Earthly and mortal men, who yet presume to contend with thee their maker.

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