New International Version
May the groans of the prisoners come before you; with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.
King James Bible
Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;
Darby Bible Translation
Let the groaning of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thine arm, preserve those that are appointed to die;
World English Bible
Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you. According to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are sentenced to death.
Young's Literal Translation
Let the groaning of the prisoner come in before Thee, According to the greatness of Thine arm, Leave Thou the sons of death.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The sighing of the prisoner - The poor captive Israelites in Babylon, who sigh and cry because of their bondage.
Those that are appointed to die - בני תמותה beney themuthah, "sons of death." Either those who were condemned to death because of their crimes, or condemned to be destroyed by their oppressors. Both these senses apply to the Israelites: they were sons of death, i.e., worthy of death because of their sins against God; they were condemned to death or utter destruction, by their Babylonish enemies.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
thy power. Heb. thine arm
preserve thou those that are appointed to die. Heb. reserve the children of death
LibraryThe Attack on the Scriptures
[Illustration: (drop cap B) A Greek Warrior] But troubled times came again to Jerusalem. The great empires of Babylon and Assyria had passed away for ever, exactly as the prophets of Israel had foretold; but new powers had arisen in the world, and the great nations fought together so constantly that all the smaller countries, and with them the Kingdom of Judah, changed hands very often. At last Alexander the Great managed to make himself master of all the countries of the then-known world. Alexander …
Mildred Duff—The Bible in its Making
The Formation of the Old Testament Canon
to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death."
Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
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