Psalm 102:14
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New International Version
For her stones are dear to your servants; her very dust moves them to pity.

New Living Translation
For your people love every stone in her walls and cherish even the dust in her streets.

English Standard Version
For your servants hold her stones dear and have pity on her dust.

New American Standard Bible
Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust.

King James Bible
For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For Your servants take delight in its stones and favor its dust.

International Standard Version
Your servants take pleasure in its stones and delight in its debris.

NET Bible
Indeed, your servants take delight in her stones, and feel compassion for the dust of her ruins.

New Heart English Bible
For your servants take pleasure in her stones, and have pity on her dust.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because your Servants delight in her stones and they love her dust!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your servants value Zion's stones, and they pity its rubble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For Thy servants take pleasure in her stones, And love her dust.

New American Standard 1977
Surely Thy servants find pleasure in her stones,
            And feel pity for her dust.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thy slaves love her stones and have compassion on the dust thereof.

King James 2000 Bible
For your servants take pleasure in her stones, and favor the dust thereof.

American King James Version
For your servants take pleasure in her stones, and favor the dust thereof.

American Standard Version
For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, And have pity upon her dust.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the stones thereof have pleased thy servants: and they shall have pity on the earth thereof.

Darby Bible Translation
For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour her dust.

English Revised Version
For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and have pity upon her dust.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favor the dust thereof.

World English Bible
For your servants take pleasure in her stones, and have pity on her dust.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thy servants have been pleased with her stones, And her dust they favour.
Study Bible
Do Not Hide Your Face from Me
13You will arise and have compassion on Zion; For it is time to be gracious to her, For the appointed time has come. 14Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust. 15So the nations will fear the name of the LORD And all the kings of the earth Your glory.…
Cross References
Psalm 102:13
You will arise and have compassion on Zion; For it is time to be gracious to her, For the appointed time has come.

Psalm 102:15
So the nations will fear the name of the LORD And all the kings of the earth Your glory.

Psalm 122:6
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you.
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(14) Stones . . . dust.--This touching description of the devotion of the Jews to their ruined city is best illustrated by the actual history in Nehemiah 3, 4, and by the scenes so often described by travellers at the "wailing place" in modern Jerusalem.

Verse 14. - For thy servants take pleasure in her stones (comp. Isaiah 64:10, 11; Lamentations 4:1; Nehemiah 2:13; Nehemiah 4:2). To this day the same affection is shown by Israelite pilgrims at the "Jews' Wailing Place." And favour (rather, pity) the dust thereof. The rubbish in which the stones lay (Nehemiah 4:2) seems to be intended. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones,.... Meaning not Cyrus and Darius, who gave leave and orders for the rebuilding of the city and temple of Jerusalem, as some; nor Nehemiah, and Ezra, and others, who took more pleasure in the stones and rubbish of the temple, as it lay in ruins, than in all the stately palaces in Babylon; and who were very desirous of, and took delight in gathering these stones, and putting them together again, as others; but, the ministers of the Gospel, and other Christians, in the latter day, who will take pleasure in the great number of converts that there will then be, who, as lively stones, will be built up a spiritual house; and especially when those stones shall be laid with fair colours, and the headstone shall be brought in with acclamations, crying, Grace, grace unto it; see 1 Peter 2:5.

and favour the dust thereof; which sometimes designs multitudes, Numbers 23:10, perhaps here it may denote the meanest of the Lord's people, who will be regarded, and not despised by his servants; but they will show favour to them, do them all the good they can, and wish well to them, and pray for their prosperity, and for the peace of Zion; that God would make it the joy of the whole earth; and when there shall be such a delight in the stones and dust of Zion, and a spirit of grace and supplication poured forth upon the servants of the Lord, to pray for the promised glory and happiness of it, it will be a token for good, and an intimation that the set time to favour her is at hand; which seems to be the sense of the psalmist: such great reverence and respect have the greatest of the wise men among the Jews for the land of Israel, literally understood, that they kiss the borders, the stones of it, and roll themselves in its dust (a), having perhaps in mind this passage of Scripture.

(a) Maimon. Hilchot Melachim, c. 5. s. 10. 102:12-22 We are dying creatures, but God is an everlasting God, the protector of his church; we may be confident that it will not be neglected. When we consider our own vileness, our darkness and deadness, and the manifold defects in our prayers, we have cause to fear that they will not be received in heaven; but we are here assured of the contrary, for we have an Advocate with the Father, and are under grace, not under the law. Redemption is the subject of praise in the Christian church; and that great work is described by the temporal deliverance and restoration of Israel. Look down upon us, Lord Jesus; and bring us into the glorious liberty of thy children, that we may bless and praise thy name.
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