Psalm 146:9
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New International Version
The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

New Living Translation
The LORD protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

English Standard Version
The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.

King James Bible
The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD protects foreigners and helps the fatherless and the widow, but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.

International Standard Version
The LORD stands guard over the stranger; he supports both widows and orphans, but makes the path of the wicked slippery.

NET Bible
The LORD protects those residing outside their native land; he lifts up the fatherless and the widow, but he opposes the wicked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah also keeps the poor; he nourishes the orphans and the widows and he drowns the way of the evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD protects foreigners. The LORD gives relief to orphans and widows. But he keeps wicked people from reaching their goal.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD preserves the strangers; he raises up the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

American King James Version
The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

American Standard Version
Jehovah preserveth the sojourners; He upholdeth the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord keepeth the strangers, he will support the fatherless and the widow: and the ways of sinners he will destroy.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah preserveth the strangers; he lifteth up the fatherless and the widow; but the way of the wicked doth he subvert.

English Revised Version
The LORD preserveth the strangers; he upholdeth the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

World English Bible
Yahweh preserves the foreigners. He upholds the fatherless and widow, but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah is preserving the strangers, The fatherless and widow He causeth to stand, And the way of the wicked He turneth upside down.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - The Lord preserveth the strangers. God's goodness leads him not only to protect the righteous, but also to lend his special help to the weak and afflicted classes. "The stranger, the fatherless, and the widow" are constantly mentioned in the Old Testament as peculiar objects of the Divine care (Exodus 22:21, 22; Leviticus 19:33, 34; Deuteronomy 10:18; Job 29:12; Psalm 82:3; Isaiah 1:28; Jeremiah 7:6, etc.). He relieveth the fatherless and widow; or, "upholdeth" (see the Revised Version). But the way of the wicked he turneth upside down (comp. Psalm 145:20). His merciful protection of his saints leads him to overthrow the goings of the wicked, who are their enemies.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord preserveth the strangers,.... The life of them, as he did the daughter of: the Greek, a Syrophenician woman, and a Samaritan, by healing them of their diseases, Mark 7:26; and in a spiritual sense he preserves the lives and saves the souls of his people among the Gentiles, who are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenant of promise; for these he laid down his life a ransom, and became the propitiation for their sins; to these he sends his Gospel, which is the power of God to salvation unto them;

he relieveth the fatherless and widow; in their distresses and troubles, who have no helper; a wonderful instance of his relieving a widow, in the most disconsolate circumstances, we have in raising the widow of Nain's son to life, and restoring him to his mother, Luke 7:12; in him "the fatherless", and all that in a spiritual sense are destitute of help in the creatures, and see they are so, "find mercy"; nor will he leave his people comfortless, or as orphans and fatherless ones, but will and does come and visit them, relieve and supply them with everything convenient for them; though his church here on earth may seem to be as a widow, he being in heaven at the right hand of God, yet he cares for her in the wilderness, and provides for her support, where she is nourished with the word and ordinances, and will be until he comes again; see Hosea 14:3;

but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down; so that they cannot find it; nor their hands perform their enterprise; their schemes and counsels are all confounded and blasted by him, and all their policy and power are not able to prevail against his church and people; see Psalm 1:6.



Psalm 146:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Praise the Lord, My Soul
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. 10The LORD will reign forever, Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!
Cross References
James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Exodus 22:21
"Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.

Leviticus 19:34
The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 10:18
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.

Psalm 10:18
defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.

Psalm 68:5
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

Psalm 139:24
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 147:6
The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.

Proverbs 15:25
The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow's boundary stones in place.
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

preserveth

Psalm 68:5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in …

Deuteronomy 10:18,19 He does execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loves …

Deuteronomy 16:11 And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you, and your son, …

Proverbs 15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish …

Jeremiah 49:11 Leave your fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let …

Hosea 14:3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride on horses: neither will …

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To …

the way

Psalm 18:26 With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the fraudulent …

Psalm 83:13-17 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind…

Psalm 145:20 The LORD preserves all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

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

2 Samuel 15:31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators …

2 Samuel 17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled …

Esther 5:14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends to him, Let a gallows …

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. …

Esther 9:25 But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that …

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Job 5:12-14 He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot …

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, …

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