Psalm 45:10
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New International Version
Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father's house.

New Living Translation
Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say. Forget your people and your family far away.

English Standard Version
Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear: forget your people and your father’s house,

New American Standard Bible
Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear: Forget your people and your father's house;

King James Bible
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen, daughter, pay attention and consider: forget your people and your father's house,

International Standard Version
Listen, daughter! Consider and pay attention. Forget your people and your father's house,

NET Bible
Listen, O princess! Observe and pay attention! Forget your homeland and your family!

New Heart English Bible
Listen, daughter, consider, and turn your ear. Forget your own people, and also your father's house.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Hear, my daughter, and see, and incline your ear, and forget your people and your father's house.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Listen, daughter! Look closely! Turn your ear [toward me]. Forget your people, and forget your father's house.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; Forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;

New American Standard 1977
Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear;
            Forget your people and your father’s house;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hearken, O daughter, and consider and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;

King James 2000 Bible
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear; forget also your own people, and your father's house;

American King James Version
Listen, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear; forget also your own people, and your father's house;

American Standard Version
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; Forget also thine own people, and thy father's house:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thy ear: and forget thy people and thy father's house.

Darby Bible Translation
Hearken, daughter, and see, and incline thine ear; and forget thine own people and thy father's house:

English Revised Version
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;

Webster's Bible Translation
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thy ear; forget also thy own people, and thy father's house;

World English Bible
Listen, daughter, consider, and turn your ear. Forget your own people, and also your father's house.

Young's Literal Translation
Hearken, O daughter, and see, incline thine ear, And forget thy people, and thy father's house,
Study Bible
Your Throne is Forever
9Kings' daughters are among Your noble ladies; At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir. 10Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear: Forget your people and your father's house; 11Then the King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 21:13
"She shall also remove the clothes of her captivity and shall remain in your house, and mourn her father and mother a full month; and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.

Ruth 1:16
But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.

Ruth 1:17
"Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me."
Treasury of Scripture

Listen, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear; forget also your own people, and your father's house;

Hearken

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Isaiah 55:1-3 Ho, every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has …

2 Corinthians 6:17,18 Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

forget

Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall …

Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and …

Deuteronomy 21:13 And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and …

Deuteronomy 33:9 Who said to his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither …

Matthew 10:37 He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: …

Matthew 19:29 And every one that has forsaken houses, or brothers, or sisters, …

Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, …

2 Corinthians 5:16 Why from now on know we no man after the flesh: yes, though we have …

(10) Hearken.--The address now turns to the bride.

Verse 10. - Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear. The psalmist, having introduced the bride to our notice in ver. 9, proceeds to address her, and to describe the glories of her person and of her entourage. First of all, he bids her "hearken," "consider," and "incline her ear," i.e. reflect deeply on the new relation in which she is about to be placed, the new sphere which she is entering, the new duties which she will have to discharge. She must give herself wholly to her Lord and Spouse; she must have no thought for any one but him. Forget also thine own people, and thy father's house. She must break with all associations and bends and relationships that would separate between her and her King, forget the past in the present, cease to Judaize, and be wholly Christ's. Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear,.... These words are either spoken by the prophet, the author of the psalm; or by the King, the bridegroom himself; or, as others think, by Jehovah the Father, whose daughter the church is; unless it should be rather thought to be an address of the honourable women, the kings' daughters, the virgins and companions of the bride, delivered by them to her under the character of the daughter of Zion, the King's daughter, as she is called, Psalm 45:13, "to hearken, incline her ear" and listen to her Lord and King, to his Gospel, and the doctrines of it, which are his voice and words, and to all his precepts and commands; and to "consider", see, and behold the goodness of God unto her, the greatness, excellencies, and glories of her husband; to look to him by faith, as he is held forth in the word and ordinances, and to him only and that constantly, which is well pleasing to him;

forget also thine own people and thy father's house; Christ is to be preferred before natural relations; converted persons are not to have fellowship with carnal men, though ever so, nearly related; former superstitions, Whether Jewish or Heathenish, are to be buried in forgetfulness; sinful self, and righteous self, are to be denied for Christ's sake; and the world, and all things in it, are to be treated with neglect and contempt by such who cleave to him. The Targum interprets this of the congregation of Israel hearing the law, beholding the wonderful works of God, and forgetting the idolatrous practices of their ancestors. 10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;

11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall entreat thy favour.

Psalm 45:10

"Hearken, O daughter, and consider." Ever is this the great duty of the church. Faith cometh by hearing, and confirmation by consideration. No precept can be more worthy of the attention of those who are honoured to be espoused unto Christ than that which follows. "And incline thine ear." Lean forward that no syllable may be unheard. The whole faculties of the mind should be bent upon receiving holy teaching. "Forget also thine own people, and thy father's house." To renounce the world is not easy, but it must be done by all who are affianced to the Great King, for a divided heart he cannot endure; it would be misery to the beloved one as well as dishonour to her Lord. Evil acquaintances, and even those who are but neutral, must be forsaken, they can confer no benefit, they must inflict injury. The house of our nativity is the house of sin - we were shapen in iniquity; the carnal mind is enmity against God we must come forth of the house of fallen nature, for it is built in the City of Destruction. Not that natural ties are broken by grace, but ties of the sinful nature, bonds of graceless affinity. We have much to forget as well as to learn, and the unlearning is so difficult that only diligent hearing, and considering, and bending of the whole soul to it, can accomplish the work; and even these would be too feeble did not divine grace assist. Yet why should we remember the Egypt from which we came out? Are the leeks and the garlic, and the onions anything, when the iron bondage, and the slavish tasks, and the death-dealing Pharaoh of hell are remembered? We part with folly for wisdom; with bubbles for eternal joys; with deceit for truth; with misery for bliss; with idols for the living God. O that Christians were more mindful of the divine precept here recorded; but, alas! wordliness abounds; the church is defiled; and the glory of the Great King is veiled. Only when the whole church leads the separated life will the full splendour and power of Christianity shine forth upon the world.

Psalm 45:11

"So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty." Whole-hearted love is the duty and bliss of the marriage state in every case, but especially so in this lofty, mystic marriage. The church must forsake all others and cleave to Jesus only, or she will not please him nor enjoy the full manifestation of his love. What less can he ask, what less may she dare propose than to be wholly his? Jesus sees a beauty in his church, a beauty which he delights in most when it is not marred by worldliness. He has always been most near and precious to his saints when they have cheerfully taken up his cross and followed him without the camp. His Spirit is grieved when they mingle themselves among the people and learn their ways. No great and lasting revival of religion can be granted us till the professed lovers of Jesus prove their affection by coming out from an ungodly world, being separated, and touching not the unclean thing. "For he is thy Lord; and worship thou him." He has royal rights still; his condescending grace does not lessen but rather enforce his authority. Our Saviour is also our Ruler. The husband is the head of the wife; the love he bears her does not lessen but strengthen her obligation to obey. The church must reverence Jesus, and bow before him in prostrate adoration; his tender union with her gives her liberty, but not license; it frees her from all other burdens, but places his easy yoke upon her neck. Who would wish it to be otherwise? The service of God is heaven in heaven, and perfectly carried out it is heaven upon earth. Jesus, thou art he whom thy church praises in her unceasing songs, and adores in her perpetual service. Teach us to be wholly thine. Bear with us, and work by thy Spirit in us till thy will is done by us on earth as it is in heaven.

Psalm 45:12

"And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift." When the church abounds in holiness, she shall know no lack of homage from the surrounding people. Her glory shall then impress and attract the heathen around, till they also unite in doing honour to the Lord. The power of missions abroad lies at home: a holy church will be a powerful church. Nor shall there be lack of treasure in her coffers when grace is in her heart; the free gifts of a willing people shall enable the workers for God to carry on their sacred enterprises without stint. Commerce shall send in its revenue to endow, not with forced levies and imperial taxes, but with willing gifts the church of the Great King. "Even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour." Not by pandering to their follies, but by testifying against their sins, shall the wealthy be won to the faith of Jesus. They shall come not to favour the church but to beg for her favour. She shall not be the hireling of the great, but as a queen shall she dispense her favours to the suppliant throng of the rich among the people. We go about to beg for Christ like beggars for alms, and many who should know better will make compromises and become reticent of unpopular truth to please the great ones of the earth; not so will the true bride of Christ degrade herself, when her sanctification is more deep and more visible; then will the hearts of men grow liberal, and offerings from afar, abundant and continual, shall be presented at the throne of the Pacific Prince. 10, 11. She is invited to the union, for forming which she must leave her father's people. She representing, by the form of the allegory, the Church, this address is illustrated by all those scriptures, from Ge 12:1 on, which speak of the people of God as a chosen, separate, and peculiar people. The relation of subjection to her spouse at once accords with the law of marriage, as given in Ge 3:16; 18:12; Eph 5:22; 1Pe 3:5, 6, and the relation of the Church to Christ (Eph 5:24). The love of the husband is intimately connected with the entire devotion to which the bride is exhorted.45:10-17 If we desire to share these blessings, we must hearken to Christ's word. We must forget our carnal and sinful attachments and pursuits. He must be our Lord as well as our Saviour; all idols must be thrown away, that we may give him our whole heart. And here is good encouragement, thus to break off from former alliances. The beauty of holiness, both on the church and on particular believers, is, in the sight of Christ, of great price, and very amiable. The work of grace is the workmanship of the Spirit, it is the image of Christ upon the soul, a partaking of the Divine nature. It is clear of all sin, there is none in it, nor any comes from it. There is nothing glorious in the old man or corrupt nature; but in the new man, or work of grace upon the soul, every thing is glorious. The robe of Christ's righteousness, which he has wrought out for his church, the Father imputes unto her, and bestows upon her. None are brought to Christ, but those whom the Father brings. This notes the conversion of souls to him. The robe of righteousness, and garments of salvation, the change of raiment Christ has put upon her. Such as strictly cleave to Christ, loving him in singleness of heart, are companions of the bride, who partake of the very same grace, enjoy the same privileges, and share in one common salvation. These, every one, shall be brought to the King; not one lost or left behind. Instead of the Old Testament church, there shall be a New Testament church, a Gentile church. In the believing hope of our everlasting happiness in the other world, let us always keep up the remembrance of Christ, as our only way thither; and transmit the remembrance of him to succeeding generations, that his name may endure for ever.
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