Psalm 146:8
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New International Version
the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous.

New Living Translation
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are weighed down. The LORD loves the godly.

English Standard Version
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous;

King James Bible
The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD raises up those who are oppressed. The LORD loves the righteous.

International Standard Version
the LORD gives sight to the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are weighed down. The LORD loves the righteous.

NET Bible
The LORD gives sight to the blind. The LORD lifts up all who are bent over. The LORD loves the godly.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD raises up those who are bowed down. The LORD loves the righteous.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah opens the blind eyes. Lord Jehovah straightens the stooped ones. Lord Jehovah loves the righteous.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD gives sight to blind people. The LORD straightens [the backs]of those who are bent over. The LORD loves righteous people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind; The LORD raiseth up them that are bowed down; The LORD loveth the righteous;

New American Standard 1977
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;
            The LORD raises up those who are bowed down;
            The LORD loves the righteous;

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; the LORD raises those that are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous:

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind: the LORD raises them that are bowed down: the LORD loves the righteous:

American King James Version
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind: the LORD raises them that are bowed down: the LORD loves the righteous:

American Standard Version
Jehovah openeth the eyes of the blind; Jehovah raiseth up them that are bowed down; Jehovah loveth the righteous;

Douay-Rheims Bible
the Lord enlighteneth the blind. The Lord lifteth up them that are cast down: the Lord loveth the just.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah openeth [the eyes of] the blind; Jehovah raiseth up them that are bowed down; Jehovah loveth the righteous;

English Revised Version
The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind; the LORD raiseth up them that are bowed down; the LORD loveth the righteous;

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

World English Bible
Yahweh opens the eyes of the blind. Yahweh raises up those who are bowed down. Yahweh loves the righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah is loosing the prisoners, Jehovah is opening (the eyes of) the blind, Jehovah is raising the bowed down, Jehovah is loving the righteous,
Study Bible
Praise the Lord, My Soul
7Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free. 8The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous; 9The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.…
Cross References
Matthew 9:30
And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one finds out about this!"

John 9:7
Then He told him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came back seeing.

Exodus 4:11
The LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Deuteronomy 7:13
"He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock, in the land which He swore to your forefathers to give you.

Psalm 11:7
For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.

Psalm 145:14
The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down.

Psalm 147:6
The LORD supports the afflicted; He brings down the wicked to the ground.
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD opens the eyes of the blind: the LORD raises them that are bowed down: the LORD loves the righteous:

openeth

Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf …

Isaiah 42:16,18 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead …

Matthew 9:30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straightly charged them, saying, …

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

Luke 18:42,42 And Jesus said to him, Receive your sight: your faith has saved you…

John 9:7-33 And said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

raiseth

Psalm 145:14 The LORD upholds all that fall, and raises up all those that be bowed down.

Psalm 147:6 The LORD lifts up the meek: he casts the wicked down to the ground.

Luke 13:11-13 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen …

2 Corinthians 7:6 Nevertheless God, that comforts those that are cast down, comforted …

loveth

Psalm 11:7 For the righteous LORD loves righteousness; his countenance does …

Deuteronomy 33:3 Yes, he loved the people; all his saints are in your hand: and they …

John 14:21-23 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves …

John 16:27 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and …

(8) Openeth.--Here, and through the verse, the verbs are participles. The elliptical "open the blind" is easily understood.

Blindness is sometimes figurative of distress and helplessness (Deuteronomy 28:29; Isaiah 59:9, &c), sometimes of want of mental or spiritual discernment, as Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 42:7, &c. Here, most probably, the former.

Raiseth.--See Psalm 145:14.

Verse 8. - The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind (comp. Isaiah 35:5). The spiritually blind would seem to be meant, rather than the physically blind, since there is no record of any restoration of physical sight in the Old Testament. The Lord raiseth them that are bowed down (see Psalm 145:14). "Bowed down," i.e., under the hand of oppressors. The Lord loveth the righteous. This lies at the root of all, and shows that the various deliverances spoken of in vers. 7-9 are to be understood as deliverances of the righteous out of their troubles. The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind,.... Who are corporeally blind; the eyes of many such were opened by Christ when here on earth, and one who was born blind; and such who are spiritually blind as to any knowledge of divine things, of God in Christ, of the way of life and salvation by Christ, of the Spirit and his operations, of their state and condition by nature, or of the things of the Gospel; the eyes of many such he opens so as to see their sin and danger, their want of righteousness, and need of Christ, and salvation by him; this is usually done by means of the ministry of the word, which is as an eye salve; but the work is Christ's, and a work of almighty power it is; see Isaiah 35:4;

the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down; as he did in a literal sense the poor woman that was bowed together, Luke 13:11, and as he does in a spiritual sense such as are heavy laden with sin, and pressed with the burden of it; that are depressed with Satan's temptations, and labour under sore afflictions and exercises; all which he supports his people under, and delivers them out of; and cheers and refreshes their souls with discoveries of his love and grace unto them; see Psalm 145:14;

the Lord loveth the righteous; not self-righteous persons; these are not loved by God the Father, who preferred a publican to one of them; nor by Christ, who came not to call them to repentance; nor by the Spirit, who reproves and convinces men of self-righteousness; nor by angels, who rejoice at one sinner that repents more than over ninety and nine just persons who in their own opinion need no repentance: but such who are righteous through Christ's righteousness imputed to them, and there are none righteous in any other way; and these Christ loves, not for any righteousness in them, or done by them; nor does his love flow from his own righteousness upon them, for he loved them from all eternity; and his engaging and undertaking to work out a righteousness for them, and the bringing in of that righteousness, were the fruits and effects of his love to them, and evidences of it; he suffered for them when they were in themselves unjust; he died for them when sinners, ungodly, and enemies; nevertheless, as they are clothed with his perfect righteousness, and are introduced unto him and presented before him in this raiment of needle work, this clothing of wrought gold, this fine linen clean and white; he takes delight and pleasure in them, and they appear a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing. 146:5-10 The psalmist encourages us to put confidence in God. We must hope in the providence of God for all we need as to this life, and in the grace of God for that which is to come. The God of heaven became a man that he might become our salvation. Though he died on the cross for our sins, and was laid in the grave, yet his thoughts of love to us did not perish; he rose again to fulfil them. When on earth, his miracles were examples of what he is still doing every day. He grants deliverance to captives bound in the chains of sin and Satan. He opens the eyes of the understanding. He feeds with the bread of life those who hunger for salvation; and he is the constant Friend of the poor in spirit, the helpless: with him poor sinners, that are as fatherless, find mercy; and his kingdom shall continue for ever. Then let sinners flee to him, and believers rejoice in him. And as the Lord shall reign for ever, let us stir up each other to praise his holy name.
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