Psalm 109:16
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New International Version
For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.

New Living Translation
For he refused all kindness to others; he persecuted the poor and needy, and he hounded the brokenhearted to death.

English Standard Version
For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.

New American Standard Bible
Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness, But persecuted the afflicted and needy man, And the despondent in heart, to put them to death.

King James Bible
Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For he did not think to show kindness, but pursued the afflicted, poor, and brokenhearted in order to put them to death.

International Standard Version
For he didn't think to extend gracious love; he harassed to death the poor, the needy, and the broken hearted.

NET Bible
For he never bothered to show kindness; he harassed the oppressed and needy, and killed the disheartened.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because they did not remember to do good and they persecuted the poor and afflicted him whose heart grieves to death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because he did not remember to be kind. "He drove oppressed, needy, and brokenhearted people to their graves.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because he did not remember to show mercy but persecuted the man who is poor in spirit and destitute and broken in heart, that he might slay him.

King James 2000 Bible
Because he remembered not to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

American King James Version
Because that he remembered not to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

American Standard Version
Because he remembered not to show kindness, But persecuted the poor and needy man, And the broken in heart, to slay them .

Douay-Rheims Bible
because he remembered not to show mercy,

Darby Bible Translation
Because he remembered not to shew kindness, but persecuted the afflicted and needy man, and the broken in heart, to slay him.

English Revised Version
Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, and the broken in heart, to slay them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because that he remembered not to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

World English Bible
because he didn't remember to show kindness, but persecuted the poor and needy man, the broken in heart, to kill them.

Young's Literal Translation
Because that he hath not remembered to do kindness, And pursueth the poor man and needy, And the smitten of heart -- to slay,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

109:6-20 The Lord Jesus may speak here as a Judge, denouncing sentence on some of his enemies, to warn others. When men reject the salvation of Christ, even their prayers are numbered among their sins. See what hurries some to shameful deaths, and brings the families and estates of others to ruin; makes them and theirs despicable and hateful, and brings poverty, shame, and misery upon their posterity: it is sin, that mischievous, destructive thing. And what will be the effect of the sentence, Go, ye cursed, upon the bodies and souls of the wicked! How it will affect the senses of the body, and the powers of the soul, with pain, anguish, horror, and despair! Think on these things, sinners, tremble and repent.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 16-20. - A portraiture of the wicked man, who was David's chief adversary at the time, is now given, in explanation, and perhaps in justification, of the numerous and severe anathemas. He was merciless (ver. 16), a persecutor of the poor (ver. 16), given to cursing (vers. 17, 18), and one who spoke evil against the innocent (ver. 20). Verse 16. - Because that he remembered not to show mercy. Saul certainly was a persecutor of this kind - implacable; one whom compassion never touched; who, after he had once become David's enemy, never under any circumstances showed him mercy. But otherwise the description scarcely seems to point to Saul. But persecuted the poor and needy man (see 1 Samuel 18:10; 1 Samuel 19:1, 10, 11; 1 Samuel 20:31; 1 Samuel 23:8, 14, 25; 1 Samuel 24:2; 1 Samuel 26:2-20; 1 Samuel 27:1, etc.). That he might even slay the broken in heart; literally, and the broken in heart (or, yea, the broken in heart) to slay him. It was certainly Saul's object to slay David (1 Samuel 18:11; 1 Samuel 19:1, 10; 1 Samuel 20:1, etc.). It was probably also Ahithophel's (2 Samuel 17:2).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Because that he remembered not to show mercy,.... As Judas did not; neither to the poor, whom he cared not for, John 12:6 nor to Christ, whom he betrayed with a kiss to his enemies: nor had these words of Christ any effect upon him, to move his pity and compassion, "Friend, wherefore art thou come?" Matthew 26:49 nor did the Jews show mercy to him: they were a merciless and hardhearted people; though mercy was one of the weightier matters of the law, this they omitted, Matthew 23:23, their want of compassion may be observed in the priest and Levite passing by the man wounded by thieves, Luke 10:30. Nor did they show any mercy to Christ, when they smote and buffeted him; nor did it move their pity when Pilate brought him forth with a crown of thorns on his head, and in a miserable condition, saying, "Behold the man"; but they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him"; and gave him gall for his meat, and vinegar to drink; and mocked him when in all his miseries and agonies.

But persecuted the poor and needy man; Christ, who became poor for our sakes, and stood in need of the ministration of others to him, 2 Corinthians 8:9 and was poor in spirit, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with griefs; him Judas and the Jews persecuted to death, as follows:

that he might even slay the broken in heart; Christ, whose heart was broken with the reproach and cruel usage of men, Psalm 69:20, whose life the Jews sought to take away, and by means of Judas did.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Let God remember guilt, because he (the wicked) did not remember mercy.

poor and needy … broken in heart—that is, pious sufferer (Ps 34:18; 35:10; 40:17).

Psalm 109:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
God of My Praise, Don't Remain Silent
15Let them be before the LORD continually, That He may cut off their memory from the earth; 16Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness, But persecuted the afflicted and needy man, And the despondent in heart, to put them to death. 17He also loved cursing, so it came to him; And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.…
Cross References
Psalm 34:18
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 35:10
My whole being will exclaim, "Who is like you, LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them."

Psalm 37:14
The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.

Psalm 37:32
The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death;

Psalm 94:6
They slay the widow and the foreigner; they murder the fatherless.
Treasury of Scripture

Because that he remembered not to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

he remembered

2 Samuel 17:1,2 Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve …

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 18:33-35 Should not you also have had compassion on your fellow servant, even …

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

persecuted

Psalm 10:2,14 The wicked in his pride does persecute the poor: let them be taken …

Genesis 42:21 And they said one to another, We are truly guilty concerning our …

Job 19:2,3,21,22 How long will you vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words…

Matthew 27:35-46 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that …

slay

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such …

Psalm 69:20-29 Reproach has broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked …

2 Samuel 16:11,12 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, …

Mark 14:34-36 And said to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful to death: tarry …

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