Psalm 10:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 10:9, NIV: like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.

Psalm 10:9, ESV: he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

Psalm 10:9, KJV: He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

Psalm 10:9, NASB: He lurks in secret like a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the needy; He catches the needy when he pulls him into his net.

Psalm 10:9, NLT: Like lions crouched in hiding, they wait to pounce on the helpless. Like hunters they capture the helpless and drag them away in nets.

Psalm 10:9, CSB: he lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket. He lurks in order to seize a victim; he seizes a victim and drags him in his net.

What does Psalm 10:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David compares the wicked man (Psalm 10:2–3) to a lion and a fisherman. Like a lion that hides in a patch of grass to pounce upon an unsuspecting victim, the wicked man ambushes and victimizes the poor. He also draws the poor into his net just as a fisherman draws fish into his net. This imagery of hunting, surprise, and ambush is common in the book of Psalms when referring to those who use evil to harm others (Psalm 17:12; 37:32; 56:6; 59:3; 64:4).

The apostle Peter pictures Satan as a lion that hunts for someone to attack and kill (1 Peter 5:8). Peter exhorts believers to be serious minded and alert to the Devil's modus operandi. He also tells believers how to avoid falling victim to the Devil. He writes "Resist him, firm in your faith" (1 Peter 5:9). The faith he refers to is the body of doctrine contained in the Bible. Knowing what the Bible teaches is indispensable to a life of victory.