Psalm 140:12
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New International Version
I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.

New Living Translation
But I know the LORD will help those they persecute; he will give justice to the poor.

English Standard Version
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.

New American Standard Bible
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor.

King James Bible
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I know that the LORD upholds the just cause of the poor, justice for the needy.

International Standard Version
I know that the LORD will act on behalf of the tormented, providing justice for the needy.

NET Bible
I know that the LORD defends the cause of the oppressed and vindicates the poor.

New Heart English Bible
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the needy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I know that Lord Jehovah performs the judgment of the poor and the judgment of the afflicted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I know that the LORD will defend the rights of those who are oppressed and the cause of those who are needy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the poor, And the right of the needy.

New American Standard 1977
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
            And justice for the poor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I know that the LORD will effect the judgment of the poor and the judgment of the destitute.

King James 2000 Bible
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

American King James Version
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

American Standard Version
I know that Jehovah will maintain the cause of the afflicted, And justice for the needy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I know that the Lord will do justice to the needy, and will revenge the poor.

Darby Bible Translation
I know that Jehovah will maintain the cause of the afflicted one, the right of the needy.

English Revised Version
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the needy.

Webster's Bible Translation
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

World English Bible
I know that Yahweh will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the needy.

Young's Literal Translation
I have known that Jehovah doth execute The judgment of the afflicted, The judgment of the needy.
Study Bible
Deliver Me, O Lord, from the Evil Man
11"May a slanderer not be established in the earth; May evil hunt the violent man speedily." 12I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor. 13Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name; The upright will dwell in Your presence.…
Cross References
1 Kings 8:45
then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

1 Kings 8:49
then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven Your dwelling place, and maintain their cause,

Psalm 9:4
For You have maintained my just cause; You have sat on the throne judging righteously.

Psalm 12:5
"Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set him in the safety for which he longs."

Psalm 18:27
For You save an afflicted people, But haughty eyes You abase.

Psalm 35:10
All my bones will say, "LORD, who is like You, Who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, And the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?"

Psalm 82:3
Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.

Proverbs 22:23
For the LORD will plead their case And take the life of those who rob them.

Jeremiah 51:36
Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am going to plead your case And exact full vengeance for you; And I will dry up her sea And make her fountain dry.

Lamentations 3:35
To deprive a man of justice In the presence of the Most High,
Treasury of Scripture

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

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Psalm 9:4 For you have maintained my right and my cause; you sat in the throne …

Psalm 10:17,18 LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble: you will prepare their …

Psalm 22:24 For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; …

Psalm 72:4,12-14 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children …

Psalm 102:17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

1 Kings 8:45,49 Then hear you in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and …

Proverbs 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Proverbs 23:10,11 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless…

Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with …

Jeremiah 22:16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with …

Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are …

(12) Comp. Psalm 9:4; Psalm 9:16.

Verse 12. - I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted. The psalmist is confident, not only that the wicked will be punished, but also that the righteous, whatever sufferings may come upon them, will ultimately be delivered out of their afflictions (comp. Psalm 9:4, 9, 12, 18, etc.). And the right of the poor. It is not to be supposed that "the right" is always with "the poor;" but, when it is, God will assuredly be their champion. I know,.... Here is a double reading: the "Keri", or marginal reading, is, "thou knowest"; an appeal of the psalmist to God, who knew the thoughts of the wicked concerning him, and their devices against him; as Kimchi: but the Scripture reading is, I know; expressing his full persuasion and assurance

that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor; of his poor and afflicted people, that are afflicted within and without, by men and devils; and who are poor as to the things of this world, and poor in spirit, and sensible of their spiritual poverty, but rich in grace: the cause of these God will maintain against their oppressors, and right their wrongs, and avenge their injuries; this the psalmist knew, and was assured of from the word of God, from instances and examples in former times, and from his own experience, Psalm 9:4. 12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name - the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

Psalm 140:12

"I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor." All through the Psalm the writer is bravely confident, and speaks of things about which he had no doubt: in fact, no Psalm can be more grandly positive than this protest against slander. The slandered saint knew Jehovah's care for the afflicted, for he had received actual proofs of it himself. "I will maintain it" is the motto of the great Defender of the rights of the needy. What confidence this should create within the bosoms of the persecuted and poverty-stricken! The prosperous and wealthy can maintain their own cause, but those who are otherwise shall find that God helps those who cannot help themselves. Many talk as if the poor had no rights worth noticing, but they will sooner or later find out their mistake when the judge of all the earth begins to plead with them.

Psalm 140:13

"Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name." The former Psalm had its "surely," but this is a more pleasing one. As surely as God will slay the wicked he will save the oppressed, and fill their hearts and mouths with praises. Whoever else may be silent, the righteous will give thanks; and whatever they may suffer, the matter will end in their living through the trial, and magnifying the Lord for his delivering grace. On earth ere long, and in heaven for ever, the pure heart shall sing unto the Lord. How loud and sweet will be the songs of the redeemed in the millennial age, when the meek shall inherit the earth, and delight themselves in the abundance of peace!

"The upright shall dwell in thy presence." Thus shall they give thanks in the truest and fullest manner. This abiding before the Lord shall render to him "songs without words," and therefore all the more spiritual and true. Their living and walking with their God shall be their practical form of gratitude. Sitting down in holy peace, like children at their father's table, their joyful looks and language shall speak their high esteem and fervent love to him who has become their dwelling-place. How high have we climbed in this Psalm - from being hunted by the evil man to dwelling in the divine presence; so doth faith upraise the saint from the lowest depths to heights of peaceful repose. Well might the song be studded with Selahs, or uplifters. 12. (Compare Ps 9:4).140:8-13 Believers may pray that God would not grant the desires of the wicked, nor further their evil devices. False accusers will bring mischief upon themselves, even the burning coals of Divine vengeance. And surely the righteous shall dwell in God's presence, and give him thanks for evermore. This is true thanksgiving, even thanks-living: this use we should make of all our deliverances, we should serve God the more closely and cheerfully. Those who, though evil spoken of and ill-used by men, are righteous in the sight of God, being justified by the righteousness of Christ, which is imputed to them, and received by faith, as the effect of which, they live soberly and righteously; these give thanks to the Lord, for the righteousness whereby they are made righteous, and for every blessing of grace, and mercy of life.
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