“The chief priests
And the Scribes
For a way
To arrest Jesus
To kill him.”
καὶ ἐζήτουν οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς πῶς αὐτὸν ἐν δόλῳ κρατήσαντες ἀποκτείνωσιν.
There is something similar to this in Matthew, chapter 26:2, where Jesus predicted to his disciples that he would be handed over and crucified, as well as in chapter 26:4, where the chief priests and the elders, not the Scribes, wanted to kill Jesus. In Luke, chapter 22:2, it was the chief priests and the Scribes as here in Mark. For Mark, this was the fulfillment of Psalm 10:8, where they sat in ambush to murder the innocent one. Mark said that these chief priests (οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς) and the Scribes (καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς) were looking (καὶ ἐζήτουν) for a way to deceitfully or secretly seize Jesus (πῶς αὐτὸν ἐν δόλῳ κρατήσαντες). They wanted to kill him (ἀποκτείνωσιν).
You will hear the desire of the meek!
You will strengthen their heart!
You will incline your ear!
You will do justice for the orphans and the oppressed!
Thus those from the earth may strike terror no more.”
The psalmist wants Yahweh to hear the meek and strengthen their hearts. Listen to the cries for justice of the orphans and the oppressed. Get rid of the evil doers so that they cannot strike terror any more. The psalmist of David wanted justice for the oppressed. Get rid of the terrorists. That is a cry that we often hear today.
“Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer!
Seek out their wickedness until you find none!
Yahweh is king forever and ever!
The nations shall perish from his land!”
The psalmist wants Yahweh to break the arm of the wicked ones and the evildoers. He wanted Yahweh to seek out all their wickedness until nothing was left. Yahweh was king forever. Those pagan gentile nations shall perish from the holy land of Yahweh. Yahweh’s land indicates that there were some non-Yahweh believers in Israel.
“But you do see!
You note the trouble and the grief!
You may take it into your hands!
The helpless commit themselves to you.
You have been the helper of the orphans.”
However, Yahweh does see what is going on. He notes the trouble and the grief of the poor and the orphans. Yahweh has to take them into his own hands. The helpless rely on Yahweh because he has been a helper of the orphans. Yahweh always seems to help the weak ones.
Lift up your hand!
Do not forget the oppressed!
Why do the wicked renounce God?
They say in their heart.
‘You will not call us to account.’”
The psalmist wants Yahweh to rise up. He wanted Yahweh not to forget the oppressed. The wicked renounce God in their hearts because they think that Yahweh will not hold them accountable.
The helpless fall by their might.
They think in their heart.
‘God has forgotten.
God has hidden his face.
God will never see them.’”
The helpless fall because the wicked stoop, crouch and attack. The helpless ones think that God has forgotten about them. God has hidden his face so that he cannot see them.
“Their mouths are filled with cursing.
Their mouths are filled with deceit.
Their mouths are filled with oppression.
Under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.
They sit in ambush in the villages.
In hiding places,
They murder the innocent.
Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless.
They lurk in secret,
Like a lion in its covert.
So that they may seize the poor.
They seize the poor.
They drag them off in their net.”
The wicked people curse. They are deceitful. They oppress the poor. There is mischief and iniquity in their mouth. They sit in ambush, in hiding places to murder the innocent. They carefully watch the helpless. They lurk in secret like a lion about to catch its prey. They seize the poor and drag them off in nets.