THE CHARACTER, ATTITUDE, AND THOUGHT-PATTERNS OF WICKED MEN – Psalms 10 – Romans 3

His ways are firm at all times; Thy judgments are far above out of his sight: As for all his adversaries, he puffeth at them.

He saith in his heart, I shall not be moved; To all generations I shall not be in adversity.

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression: Under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.

He sitteth in the lurking-places of the villages; In the secret places doth he murder the innocent; His eyes are privily set against the helpless.

Psalms 10:5‭-‬8 ASV

These verses are still describing the character, attitude, and thought-patterns of wicked men.

The knowledge of God’s judgments is not in them.

They live on an utterly different plateau from that of godly and righteous people.

The wicked man does not change his plans but with relentless determination moves toward his carnal goals in which, he seems to prosper in all of them.

“He puffeth at them.” This conveys the thought of scorn and contempt. “Nothing more clearly shows the pride and atheism of the human heart,” than does the attitude described in Psalms 10:6.

Such conceited sons of the devil are convinced that they themselves are in charge of everything:

no illness shall overtake them, no war, no pestilence, no revolution, no earthquake, no flood, no volcano, no stroke of lightning, no depression, no drought, no failure or betrayal by one whom they have trusted, nothing, absolutely nothing shall stand in their way for generations and generations to come.

Even a fool should have more judgment than to indulge such a conceited opinion.

What a paradox it is that the wicked who claim (in their hearts at least) not to believe in God should have God’s precious name upon their evil lips continually, not in truth or righteousness, but in shame and dishonor!

The apostle Paul quoted this line in Romans 3:14, thus justifying the conclusion that profane cursing and swearing is an invariable part of the conduct of wicked men.

It is noticeable here that the emphasis of the passage is shifted from describing the character and attitude of the wicked to a discussion of their conduct and their wicked actions.

These things are mentioned at once:

(1) he is a profane swearer;

(2) he is a planner of mischief and iniquity;

(3) he lurks in secret hiding places near towns and villages; and

(4) he is a murderer of innocent people.

In Hosea 4:2,6:9, that prophet mentioned similar bloody and violent conditions of society.

Their throat is an open sepulchre; With their tongues they have used deceit: The poison of asps is under their lips:

Romans 3:13 ASV

This progression to sins against fellow creatures was introduced by the last clause of Romans 3:12, quoted from Psalms 53:2. Paul did not invent this charge of wickedness, but only read it out of the Old Testament, the indictment being further detailed and stated in Psalms 5:9; Psalms 140:3.

The figure of speech here shows how utterly repugnant to God was their unprincipled conduct.

The thought is that the words coming from their throats were as foul as any odor that ever came out of an opened grave.

Their language and conversation were full of deceit. No credibility could be given to anything that they said; and, in this light, it must not be thought of as anything unusual when they tried to sustain charges against the Saviour by means of suborned testimony, and bribed the Roman soldiers to lie about the resurrection of the Lord. “A generation of vipers” indeed were they (Matthew 3:7).

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