Psalm 106:44
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New International Version
Yet he took note of their distress when he heard their cry;

New Living Translation
Even so, he pitied them in their distress and listened to their cries.

English Standard Version
Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry.

New American Standard Bible
Nevertheless He looked upon their distress When He heard their cry;

King James Bible
Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When He heard their cry, He took note of their distress,

International Standard Version
Yet when he saw their distress and heard their cries for help,

NET Bible
Yet he took notice of their distress, when he heard their cry for help.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he saw their affliction and he heard their prayer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He saw that they were suffering when he heard their cry for help.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless he would look upon their affliction and hear their cry

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

American King James Version
Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

American Standard Version
Nevertheless he regarded their distress, When he heard their cry:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he saw when they were in tribulation: and he heard their prayer.

Darby Bible Translation
But he regarded their distress, when he heard their cry;

English Revised Version
Nevertheless he regarded their distress, when he heard their cry:

Webster's Bible Translation
Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

World English Bible
Nevertheless he regarded their distress, when he heard their cry.

Young's Literal Translation
And He looketh on their distress When He heareth their cry,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

106:34-48 The conduct of the Israelites in Canaan, and God's dealings with them, show that the way of sin is down-hill; omissions make way for commissions: when they neglected to destroy the heathen, they learned their works. One sin led to many more, and brought the judgments of God on them. Their sin was, in part, their own punishment. Sinners often see themselves ruined by those who led them into evil. Satan, who is a tempter, will be a tormentor. At length, God showed pity to his people for his covenant's sake. The unchangeableness of God's merciful nature and love to his people, makes him change the course of justice into mercy; and no other change is meant by God's repentance. Our case is awful when the outward church is considered. When nations professing Christianity, are so guilty as we are, no wonder if the Lord brings them low for their sins. Unless there is general and deep repentance, there can be no prospect but of increasing calamities. The psalm concludes with prayer for completing the deliverance of God's people, and praise for the beginning and progress of it. May all the people of the earth, ere long, add their Amen.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 44. - Nevertheless he regarded their affliction; or, "he saw them in their trouble," i.e. he looked on them, and had regard to them (see 2 Kings 17:13; 2 Chronicles 36:15). When he heard their cry. As God "heard the cry" of his people, when they suffered oppression in Egypt (Exodus 2:23; Exodus 3:7, 9), so also in their other oppressions (Judges 3:9, 15; Judges 4:3; Judges 6:6; Judges 10:10; 1 Samuel 12:10, 11, etc), if they did but humble themselves and "cry" to him, he always hearkened and gave them deliverance (1 Chronicles 5:20; 2 Chronicles 12:7; 2 Chronicles 14:11, 12; 2 Chronicles 20:4-24; 2 Chronicles 32:20, 21; 2 Chronicles 33:11-13).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Nevertheless he regarded their affliction,.... Or "looked on them in distress" (d); he saw their affliction, and had compassion on them; he was so far from abhorring and despising the affliction of the afflicted, that he pitied them and sympathized with them; in all their afflictions he was afflicted; he looked upon them with an eye of pity and concern, and helped them out of their troubles.

When he heard their cry; or their "prayer", as the Targum, and so other versions; crying is prayer; and it denotes vocal and vehement prayer, such as is put up to God in distress; and which he hears and answers; his ears are open to the cries of his people.

(d) "et vidit in angustia eis", Montanus, Gejerus; so Musculus, Tigurine version.

The Treasury of David

44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.

46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.

47 Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.

Psalm 106:44

"Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry." Notwithstanding all these provoking rebellions and detestable enormities the Lord still heard their prayer and pitied them. This is very wonderful, very godlike. One would have thought that the Lord would have shut out their prayer, seeing they had shut their ears against his admonitions; but no, he had a father's heart, and a sight of their sorrows touched his soul, the sound of their cries overcame his heart, and he looked upon them with compassion. His fiercest wrath towards his own people is only a temporary flame, but his love burns on for ever like the light of his own immortality.

Psalm 106:45

"And he remembered for them his covenant." The covenant is the sure foundation of mercy, and when the whole fabric of outward grace manifested in the saints lies in ruins this is the fundamental basis of love which is never moved, and upon it the Lord proceeds to build again a new structure of grace. Covenant mercy is sure as the throne of God. "And repented according to the multitude of his mercies." He did not carry out the destruction which he had commenced. Speaking after the manner of men he changed his mind, and did not leave them to their enemies to be utterly cut off, because he saw that his covenant would in such a case have been broken. The Lord is so full of grace that he has not only mercy but mercies, yea a multitude of them, and these hive in the covenant and treasure up good for the erring sons of men.

Psalm 106:46

"He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives." Having the hearts of all men in his hands he produced compassion even in heathen bosoms. Even as he found Joseph friends in Egypt, so did he raise up sympathisers for his captive servants. In our very worst condition our God has ways and means for allaying the severity of our sorrows: he can find us helpers among those who have been our oppressors, and he will do so if we be indeed his people.

Psalm 106:47

This is the closing prayer, arranged by prophecy for those who would in future time be captives, and suitable for all who before David's days had been driven from home by the tyranny of Saul, or who had remained in exile after the various scatterings by famine and distress which had happened in the iron age of the judges. "Save us, O Lord our God." The mention of the covenant encouraged the afflicted to call the Lord their God, and this enabled them with greater boldness to entreat him to interpose on their behalf and rescue them. "And gather us from among the heathen." Weary now of the ungodly and their ways, they long to be brought into their own separated country, where they might again enjoy the means of grace, enter into holy fellowship with their brethren, escape from contaminating examples, and be free to wait upon the Lord. How often do true believers now-a-days long to be removed from ungodly households, where their souls are vexed with the conversation of the wicked. "To give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise." Weaned from idols, they desire to make mention of Jehovah's name alone, and to ascribe their mercies to his ever abiding faithfulness and love. The Lord had often saved them for his holy name's sake, and therefore they feel that when again restored they would render all their gratitude to that saving name, yea, it should be their glory to praise Jehovah and none else.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

44-46. If, as is probable, this Psalm was written at the time of the captivity, the writer now intimates the tokens of God's returning favor.

Psalm 106:44 Additional Commentaries
Context
Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is Good
43Many times He would deliver them; They, however, were rebellious in their counsel, And so sank down in their iniquity. 44Nevertheless He looked upon their distress When He heard their cry; 45And He remembered His covenant for their sake, And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.…
Cross References
Exodus 3:7
The LORD said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

Judges 2:18
Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them.

Judges 3:9
But when they cried out to the LORD, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, who saved them.

Judges 6:7
When the Israelites cried out to the LORD because of Midian,

Judges 10:10
Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, "We have sinned against you, forsaking our God and serving the Baals."

Psalm 99:8
LORD our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.

Isaiah 63:11
Then his people recalled the days of old, the days of Moses and his people-- where is he who brought them through the sea, with the shepherd of his flock? Where is he who set his Holy Spirit among them,
Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

Judges 2:18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge…

Judges 3:9 And when the children of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised …

Judges 4:3 And the children of Israel cried to the LORD: for he had nine hundred …

Judges 6:6-10 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and …

Judges 10:10-16 And the children of Israel cried to the LORD, saying, We have sinned …

1 Samuel 7:8-12 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry to the …

2 Kings 14:26,27 For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: …

Nehemiah 9:27 Therefore you delivered them into the hand of their enemies, who …

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