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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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PSALM X. Chapter Overview

David complains of and describes the wicked, verse 1-15.
Prays to God to appear against them, and rejoices in the prospect of it, verse 12-18.

Verse 3
Boasteth - He glorieth in his very sins which are his shame, and especially in the satisfaction of his desires.

Verse 4
Countenance - So called, because though pride be properly seated in the heart, yet it is manifest in the countenance.

Verse 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.

Verse 7
Tongue - Under his fair and plausible speeches, mischief is hid and covered. Vanity - Or, injury, the vexation or oppression of other men.

Verse 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.

Verse 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.

Verse 13
Contemn - Why dost thou by giving them impunity, suffer and occasion them to despise thee?

Verse 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.

Verse 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.

Verse 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.

Verse 17
Prepare - By thy grace and good spirit, that they may so pray as thou wilt hear.

Verse 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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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalm 10". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=010>. 1765.  

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