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

New Living Translation
The LORD supports the humble, but he brings the wicked down into the dust.

English Standard Version
The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD supports the afflicted; He brings down the wicked to the ground.

King James Bible
The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD helps the afflicted but brings the wicked to the ground.

International Standard Version
The LORD supports the afflicted while he casts the wicked to the ground.

NET Bible
The LORD lifts up the oppressed, but knocks the wicked to the ground.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah raises the poor and humbles the evil unto the dirt.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD gives relief to those who are oppressed. He brings wicked people down to the ground.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked down to the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD lifts up the meek: he casts the wicked down to the ground.

American King James Version
The LORD lifts up the meek: he casts the wicked down to the ground.

American Standard Version
Jehovah upholdeth the meek: He bringeth the wicked down to the ground.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord lifteth up the meek, and bringeth the wicked down even to the ground.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah lifteth up the meek; he abaseth the wicked to the earth.

English Revised Version
The LORD upholdeth the meek: he bringeth the wicked down to the ground.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

World English Bible
Yahweh upholds the humble. He brings the wicked down to the ground.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah is causing the meek to stand, Making low the wicked unto the earth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

147:1-11 Praising God is work that is its own wages. It is comely; it becomes us as reasonable creatures, much more as people in covenant with God. He gathers outcast sinners by his grace, and will bring them into his holy habitation. To those whom God heals with the consolations of his Spirit, he speaks peace, assures them their sins are pardoned. And for this, let others praise him also. Man's knowledge is soon ended; but God's knowledge is a dept that can never be fathomed. And while he telleth the number of the stars, he condescends to hear the broken-hearted sinner. While he feeds the young ravens, he will not leave his praying people destitute. Clouds look dull and melancholy, yet without them we could have no rain, therefore no fruit. Thus afflictions look black and unpleasant; but from clouds of affliction come showers that make the soul to yield the peaceable fruits of righteousness. The psalmist delights not in things wherein sinners trust and glory; but a serious and suitable regard to God is, in his sight, of very great price. We are not to be in doubt between hope and fear, but to act under the gracious influences of hope and fear united.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - The Lord lifteth up the meek (comp. Psalm 145:14; Psalm 146:8). He casteth the wicked down to the ground (comp. Psalm 146:9, and the comment ad loc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord lifteth up the meek,.... The lowly and humble souls, such as are made so by the Spirit of God; he shows them their sinfulness, and want of righteousness; the insufficiency of their own, and need of Christ's; blowing a blast upon all their goodliness, so bringing down their natural pride and haughtiness, and causing them to submit to Christ, that he alone might be exalted; such as learn of him, who is meek and lowly, and become the followers of the humble Jesus; who being partakers of his grace, have low thoughts of themselves, as if the least of saints and chief of sinners; and higher thoughts of others; who ascribe all they have and are to the grace of God; and who make no boast of nor place any trust in anything they do; who quietly submit to every adversity; patiently bear all the injuries, affronts, and reproaches of men; and are silent under every afflictive dispensation of Providence: these humble ones the Lord exalts in due time; he lifts up their spirits, he cheers and refreshes their souls; raises them to a high estate of grace, sets them among princes, gives them honour here, and a crown and kingdom hereafter; these shall inherit the new earth, in which will dwell righteousness; see Matthew 5:5;

he casteth the wicked down to the ground; or "humbles them to the ground" (p); he abases the proud and brings them into a low estate, sometimes in this world; however in the next he casts them down to hell, even into the lowest hell, which is the portion of all wicked men, of all proud and haughty sinners; see Isaiah 26:5; compare with these expressions Luke 1:51. Aben Ezra by the "meek" understands the outcasts of Israel, and by the "wicked" the kings of the Gentiles, subject to Israel.

(p) "humiliaus", V. L. Montanus; "humiliat", Pagninus, Cocceius, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. That power is put forth for the good of the meek and suffering pious, and confusion of the wicked (Ps 146:8, 9).

Psalm 147:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
It is Good to Sing Praises to Our God
5Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. 6The LORD supports the afflicted; He brings down the wicked to the ground. 7Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre,…
Cross References
1 Samuel 5:6
The LORD's hand was heavy on the people of Ashdod and its vicinity; he brought devastation on them and afflicted them with tumors.

Psalm 37:24
though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 75:7
It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.

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

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

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

lifteth up

Psalm 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

Psalm 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves …

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

Psalm 146:8,9 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind: the LORD raises them that are …

Psalm 149:4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek …

1 Samuel 2:8 He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from …

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek you the LORD, all you meek of the earth, which have worked his …

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he …

he casteth

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: …

Psalm 73:18,19 Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into …

Psalm 146:9 The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and …

2 Peter 2:4-9 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down …

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