Psalm 102:20
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New International Version
to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death."

New Living Translation
to hear the groans of the prisoners, to release those condemned to die.

English Standard Version
to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die,

New American Standard Bible
To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death,

King James Bible
To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
to hear a prisoner's groaning, to set free those condemned to die,

International Standard Version
to listen to the groans of prisoners, to set free those condemned to death,

NET Bible
in order to hear the painful cries of the prisoners, and to set free those condemned to die,

New Heart English Bible
to hear the groans of the prisoner; to free those who are condemned to death;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To hear the groaning of the prisoners and to release the children from death

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He heard the groans of the prisoners and set free those who were condemned to death.

JPS Tanakh 1917
To hear the groaning of the prisoner; To loose those that are appointed to death;

New American Standard 1977
To hear the groaning of the prisoner;
            To set free those who were doomed to death;

Jubilee Bible 2000
to hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death,

King James 2000 Bible
To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

American King James Version
To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

American Standard Version
To hear the sighing of the prisoner; To loose those that are appointed to death;

Douay-Rheims Bible
That he might hear the groans of them that are in fetters: that he might release the children of the slain:

Darby Bible Translation
To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to loose those that are appointed to die;

English Revised Version
To hear the sighing of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

Webster's Bible Translation
To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

World English Bible
to hear the groans of the prisoner; to free those who are condemned to death;

Young's Literal Translation
To hear the groan of the prisoner, To loose sons of death,
Study Bible
Do Not Hide Your Face from Me
19For He looked down from His holy height; From heaven the LORD gazed upon the earth, 20To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death, 21That men may tell of the name of the LORD in Zion And His praise in Jerusalem,…
Cross References
Psalm 68:6
God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

Psalm 79:11
Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You; According to the greatness of Your power preserve those who are doomed to die.

Psalm 107:10
There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in misery and chains,

Psalm 146:7
Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free.
Treasury of Scripture

To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

to hear

Psalm 79:11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you; according to the …

Psalm 146:7 Which executes judgment for the oppressed: which gives food to the …

Exodus 2:23-25 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: …

Exodus 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people …

2 Kings 13:4,22,23 And Jehoahaz sought the LORD, and the LORD listened to him: for he …

Job 24:12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded cries …

Isaiah 14:17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; …

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Jeremiah 51:34,35 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon has devoured me, he has crushed …

Zechariah 9:9-12 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

to loose

2 Chronicles 33:11-13 Why the LORD brought on them the captains of the host of the king …

Jeremiah 51:32-34 And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned …

Acts 12:6-11 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter …

those that are appointed to. Heb. the children of

Ephesians 2:2,3 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, …

(20, 21) Comp. Isaiah 61:1-2, and generally the whole magnificent cycle of prophetic songs at the close of Isaiah.

Appointed to death.--See margin. LXX. and Vulg., "the sons of the slain."

Verse 20. - To hear the groaning of the prisoner (see Exodus 2:24, "God heard their groaning;" and comp. Exodus 3:7; Exodus 6:5). To loose those that are appointed to death; literally, the sons of death (comp. Psalm 79:11). Captive Israel regarded its life in Babylon as little better than death (see Ezekiel 37:11). To hear the groanings of the prisoner,.... Not of a single person only, but of many, who lie in prisons in Popish countries, especially in the Inquisition; where they lie and groan, in darkness and misery, under dreadful tortures; their cries and groans the Lord hears; his heart yearns towards them; he looks with pity on them; and, because of the sighing of these poor and needy ones, he will arise in due time, and set them in safety from him that puffs at them: it is true also of such who are prisoners of sin, Satan, and the law; and, when sensible of it, groan under their bondage, and cry to the Lord for help, who hears them, and directs them, as prisoners of hope, to turn to Christ, their strong hold, Zechariah 9:11,

to loose those that are appointed to death; delivered to death, as the Targum; delivered over to the secular power, in order to be put to death; who are arraigned and condemned as malefactors, and put into the condemned hole, in order for execution; these the Lord will loose, and save them from the death they are appointed to by men; for this is not to be understood of persons appointed by the Lord to death, either corporeal or eternal, from which none can be loosed, so appointed: in the original text the phrase is "children of death" (d); the same as "children of wrath", Ephesians 2:3, that is, deserving of death, and under the sentence of it; as all men are in Adam, even the Lord's own people; and who are, in their own apprehension, as dead men, when awakened and convinced of their state by the Spirit of God; these Christ looses from the shackles and fetters of sin, from the bondage of the law, from the tyranny of Satan, and from fears of death, and puts them into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

(d) "filios mortis", Montanus, Vatablus, Musculus, Gejerus, Michaelis. 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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