|New International Version (©2011)|
Do not be angry beyond measure, LORD; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people.
New Living Translation (©2007)
Don't be so angry with us, LORD. Please don't remember our sins forever. Look at us, we pray, and see that we are all your people.
English Standard Version (©2001)
Be not so terribly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD, Nor remember iniquity forever; Behold, look now, all of us are Your people.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
LORD, do not be terribly angry or remember our iniquity forever. Please look--all of us are Your people!
International Standard Version (©2012)
Don't be angry beyond measure, LORD, and don't remember our iniquity for a season. Please look now, we are all your people.
NET Bible (©2006)
LORD, do not be too angry! Do not hold our sins against us continually! Take a good look at your people, at all of us!
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
Don't be too angry, LORD. Don't remember our sin forever. Now look, we are all your people.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Be not exceedingly angry, O LORD, neither remember iniquity forever: behold, see, we beseech you, we are all your people.
American King James Version
Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech you, we are all your people.
American Standard Version
Be not wroth very sore, O Jehovah, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, look, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
Be not very angry, O Lord, and remember no longer our iniquity: behold, see we are all thy people.
Darby Bible Translation
Be not wroth very sore, O Jehovah, neither remember iniquity for ever. Behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
English Revised Version
Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, look, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
Webster's Bible Translation
Be not very wroth, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
World English Bible
Don't be furious, Yahweh, neither remember iniquity forever: see, look, we beg you, we are all your people.
Young's Literal Translation
Be not wroth, O Jehovah, very sore, Nor for ever remember iniquity, Lo, look attentively, we beseech Thee, Thy people are we all.
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
64:6-12 The people of God, in affliction, confess and bewail their sins, owning themselves unworthy of his mercy. Sin is that abominable thing which the Lord hates. Our deeds, whatever they may seem to be, if we think to merit by them at God's hand, are as rags, and will not cover us; filthy rags, and will but defile us. Even our few good works in which there is real excellence, as fruits of the Spirit, are so defective and defiled as done by us, that they need to be washed in the fountain open for sin and uncleanness. It bodes ill when prayer is kept back. To pray, is by faith to take hold of the promises the Lord has made of his good-will to us, and to plead them; to take hold of him, earnestly begging him not to leave us; or soliciting his return. They brought their troubles upon themselves by their own folly. Sinners are blasted, and then carried away, by the wind of their own iniquity; it withers and then ruins them. When they made themselves as an unclean thing, no wonder that God loathed them. Foolish and careless as we are, poor and despised, yet still Thou art our Father. It is the wrath of a Father we are under, who will be reconciled; and the relief our case requires is expected only from him. They refer themselves to God. They do not say, Lord, rebuke us not, for that may be necessary; but, Not in thy displeasure. They state their lamentable condition. See what ruin sin brings upon a people; and an outward profession of holiness will be no defence against it. God's people presume not to tell him what he shall say, but their prayer is, Speak for the comfort and relief of thy people. How few call upon the Lord with their whole hearts, or stir themselves to lay hold upon him! God may delay for a time to answer our prayers, but he will, in the end, answer those who call on his name and hope in his mercy.
Verse 9. - Be not wroth very sore. At the time of the Captivity God was wroth very sore (Lamentations 5:22). His auger was hot against the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 74:1). But they had suffered, they had been afflicted many years. Might he not now relent, and remit somewhat from his fierce anger? Neither remember iniquity (comp. Psalm 79:8). God had already made a promise by the mouth of Isaiah, "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy trangressions, and will not remember thy sins" (Isaiah 43:25). The captives lay hold, as it were, on this promise, and entreat that their "iniquity" may be not only forgiven, but forgotten (Jeremiah 31:34). We are all thy people. A fresh argument. "We are thy children," individually (ver. 8); "we are thy work, thy creatures" (ver. 8), again individually; but also, "we are all of us (kullanu), collectively, thy people" - the people whom thou hast chosen to thyself, and over whom thou hast watched for so many centuries. Surely this consideration, if no other, will induce thee to forego thy wrath and forgive our iniquity.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Be not wroth very sore, O Lord,.... They knew not how to deprecate the displeasure of God entirely; having sinned so greatly against him, they were sensible they deserved his wrath; but entreat it might not be hot and very vehement, and carried to the highest pitch, which would be intolerable:
neither remember iniquity for ever; to afflict and punish for it, but forgive it, for not to remember sin is to forgive it; and not inflict the deserved punishment of it, but take off and remove the effects of divine displeasure, which as yet continued, and had a long time, as this petition suggests; and therefore suits better with the present long captivity of the Jews than their seventy years' captivity in Babylon.
Behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people; look upon all our troubles and distresses, and upon us under them, with an eye of pity and compassion; and consider that we are thy people, not only by creation, but by covenant and profession; even everyone of us; or we are all the people thou hast, the Jews looking upon themselves to be the special and peculiar people of God, and the Gentiles as having no claim to such a relation; this is the pure spirit of Judaism. The Targum is,
"lo, it is manifest before thee that we are all of us thy people.''
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
9. (Ps 74:1, 2).
we are … thy people—(Jer 14:9, 21).
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Prayer for Illustration of God's Power
…8But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand. 9Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech you, we are all your people. 10Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. …
Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.
Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will proclaim your praise.
"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
I was enraged by their sinful greed; I punished them, and hid my face in anger, yet they kept on in their willful ways.
"Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you, in favor I will show you compassion.
He said, "Surely they are my people, children who will be true to me"; and so he became their Savior.
"Did not the LORD remember and call to mind the incense burned in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem by you and your ancestors, your kings and your officials and the people of the land?
unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.
Egypt will no longer be a source of confidence for the people of Israel but will be a reminder of their sin in turning to her for help. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.'"
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.