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Psalm 10:3

ESV For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
NIV He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.
NASB For the wicked boasts of his soul’s desire, And the greedy person curses and shows disrespect to the Lord.
CSB For the wicked one boasts about his own cravings; the one who is greedy curses and despises the Lord.
NLT For they brag about their evil desires; they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.
KJV For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

What does Psalm 10:3 mean?

Those who deliberately target the weak or poor to take advantage of them are depicted as arrogant, greedy, and profane. Lacking any sense of shame or morality, such a person both possesses evil desires and celebrates them, rather than being ashamed to admit them. Worse, he brags to others about his evil.

The persons depicted here care only about wealth, nothing more. They are not bothered at the idea of robbing the poor, needy, and helpless. The wicked person's soul craves material wealth. In Psalm 73 Asaph pictures the wicked as having eyes that swell out through fatness (Psalm 73:7). He writes: "Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches" (Psalm 73:12). The apostle Paul warns the Philippian believers about false teachers whose "god is their belly, and they glory in their shame" (Philippians 3:19).

Here, David also points out how wickedness is expressed not just in oppression of the poor, but also in profaning the Lord. The wicked person curses and insults God. The Hebrew word used here implies contempt and despising, and is attributed to evil people again later in the song (Psalm 10:13). Modern culture includes many individuals whose speech imitates that of the wicked person described here. They boast about their sinful behavior and have no regard for God. In fact, they go out of their way to mock and offend both God and those who honor Him.
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