Psalm 72:4
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New International Version
May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; may he crush the oppressor.

New Living Translation
Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors.

English Standard Version
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!

New American Standard Bible
May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor.

King James Bible
He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May he vindicate the afflicted among the people, help the poor, and crush the oppressor.

International Standard Version
May he defend the afflicted of the people and deliver the children of the poor, but crush the oppressor.

NET Bible
He will defend the oppressed among the people; he will deliver the children of the poor and crush the oppressor.

New Heart English Bible
He will judge the poor of the people. He will save the children of the needy, and will break the oppressor in pieces.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he will judge the poor of the people and he will save the afflicted children and abase the oppressors.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
May he grant justice to the people who are oppressed. May he save the children of needy people and crush their oppressor.

JPS Tanakh 1917
May he judge the poor of the people, And save the children of the needy, And crush the oppressor.

New American Standard 1977
May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,
            Save the children of the needy,
            And crush the oppressor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall judge the poor of the people; he shall save the children of the destitute and shall break in pieces the violent.

King James 2000 Bible
He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

American King James Version
He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

American Standard Version
He will judge the poor of the people, He will save the children of the needy, And will break in pieces the oppressor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall judge the poor of the people, and he shall save the children of the poor: and he shall humble the oppressor.

Darby Bible Translation
He will do justice to the afflicted of the people; he will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.

English Revised Version
He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

Webster's Bible Translation
He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

World English Bible
He will judge the poor of the people. He will save the children of the needy, and will break the oppressor in pieces.

Young's Literal Translation
He judgeth the poor of the people, Giveth deliverance to the sons of the needy, And bruiseth the oppressor.
Study Bible
Give the King Your Justice
3Let the mountains bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness. 4May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, Save the children of the needy And crush the oppressor. 5Let them fear You while the sun endures, And as long as the moon, throughout all generations.…
Cross References
Psalm 2:9
'You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'"

Psalm 72:12
For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.

Proverbs 29:14
If a king judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever.

Isaiah 11:4
But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.

Isaiah 42:3
"A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.

Jeremiah 22:3
Thus says the LORD, "Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Zechariah 7:10
and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.'
Treasury of Scripture

He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

He shall judge

Psalm 72:12-14 For he shall deliver the needy when he cries; the poor also, and …

Psalm 109:31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from …

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

Ezekiel 34:15,16 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, said the Lord GOD…

Zechariah 11:7,11 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. …

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

break

Psalm 2:9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces …

Psalm 94:5 They break in pieces your people, O LORD, and afflict your heritage.

Job 19:2 How long will you vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?

Job 34:24 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others …

Proverbs 20:26 A wise king scatters the wicked, and brings the wheel over them.

Jeremiah 51:20-23 You are my battle ax and weapons of war: for with you will I break …

the oppressor

Isaiah 9:4 For you have broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his …

Isaiah 51:12,13 I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should …

Daniel 2:34,35 You saw till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote …

Zechariah 9:8-10 And I will encamp about my house because of the army, because of …

Revelation 18:6-8,20,24 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double to her double according …

Revelation 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great …

Verse 4. - He shall judge the poor of the people. Not exclusively, but especially. The unjust rulers and judges of Israel neglected this duty. They judge not the fatherless... and the right of the needy do they not judge" (Jeremiah 5:28; see also Isaiah 1:23; Zechariah 7:10). He shall save the children of the needy. He shall preserve them, i.e., from oppression and wrong. And shall break in pieces the oppressor. (On God's hatred of oppression and oppressors, see Exodus 3:9; Leviticus 25:14; Job 27:13; Psalm 12:5; Isaiah 16:14, etc.) He shall judge the poor of the people,.... Of the people of God, whether among Jews or Gentiles; See Gill on Psalm 72:2;

he shall save the children of the needy; whose parents being needy, they are so too, in a spiritual sense, and in distressed circumstances. Such Christ saves from their sins; from the curses and condemnation of the law: from, wrath to come, and out of the hands of all their enemies;

and shall break in pieces the oppressor; the tyrant Satan, the god of this world; that has usurped a power over it; who works in the children of disobedience, and leads captive the people of God in their unregenerate state: the "calumniator", as some render the word; the accuser of the brethren: "the defrauder" (q), as others: who beguiled our first parents, and deceives mankind. Now it was foretold of Christ that he should break his head; and he was manifested in the flesh to destroy his works; and him himself; and he has broke him and all his schemes in pieces, and spoiled all his principalities and powers: The Syriac Version reads, "tyrants" or "oppressors", in the plural number; and it may include the Jews, who were the persecutors and oppressors of the first Christians; and Rome, Pagan and Papal; antichrist, and all the antichristian states, which have been, or will be, broken to pieces by Christ; who will rule them with a rod of iron, and break them in pieces as a potter's vessel, Revelation 2:27.

(q) "calumniatorem", Pagninus, Tigurine version, Vatablus, Musculus; "fraudatorem", Muis, Cocceius. 4. That peace, including prosperity, as an eminent characteristic of Christ's reign (Isa 2:4; Isa 9:6; 11:9), will be illustrated in the security provided for the helpless and needy, and the punishment inflicted on oppressors, whose power to injure or mar the peace of others will be destroyed (compare Isa 65:25; Zec 9:10).

children of the needy—for the needy (compare sons of strangers, Ps 18:45 [Margin]).72:2-17 This is a prophecy of the kingdom of Christ; many passages in it cannot be applied to the reign of Solomon. There were righteousness and peace at first in the administration of his government; but, before the end of his reign, there were troubles and unrighteousness. The kingdom here spoken of is to last as long as the sun, but Solomon's was soon at an end. Even the Jewish expositors understood it of the kingdom of the Messiah. Observe many great and precious promises here made, which were to have full accomplishment only in the kingdom of Christ. As far as his kingdom is set up, discord and contentions cease, in families, churches, and nations. The law of Christ, written in the heart, disposes men to be honest and just, and to render to all their due; it likewise disposes men to live in love, and so produces abundance of peace. Holiness and love shall be lasting in Christ's kingdom. Through all the changes of the world, and all the changes of life, Christ's kingdom will support itself. And he shall, by the graces and comforts of his Spirit, come down like rain upon the mown grass; not on that cut down, but that which is left growing, that it may spring again. His gospel has been, or shall be, preached to all nations. Though he needs not the services of any, yet he must be served with the best. Those that have the wealth of this world, must serve Christ with it, do good with it. Prayer shall be made through him, or for his sake; whatever we ask of the Father, should be in his name. Praises shall be offered to him: we are under the highest obligations to him. Christ only shall be feared throughout all generations. To the end of time, and to eternity, his name shall be praised. All nations shall call HIM blessed.
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