Psalm 74:19
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New International Version
Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever.

New Living Translation
Don't let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves. Don't forget your suffering people forever.

English Standard Version
Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild beasts; do not forget the life of your poor forever.

New American Standard Bible
Do not deliver the soul of Your turtledove to the wild beast; Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.

King James Bible
O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not give the life of Your dove to beasts; do not forget the lives of Your poor people forever.

International Standard Version
Don't hand over the life of your dove to beasts; do not continuously forget your afflicted ones.

NET Bible
Do not hand the life of your dove over to a wild animal! Do not continue to disregard the lives of your oppressed people!

New Heart English Bible
Do not deliver the soul of your dove to wild beasts. Do not forget the life of your poor forever.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You will not give the soul that confesses you to destruction and you will never forget the souls of your poor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not hand over the soul of your dove to wild animals. Do not forget the life of your oppressed people forever.

JPS Tanakh 1917
O deliver not the soul of Thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast; Forget not the life of Thy poor for ever.

New American Standard 1977
Do not deliver the soul of Thy turtledove to the wild beast;
            Do not forget the life of Thine afflicted forever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the beasts; forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
O deliver not the soul of your turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of your poor forever.

American King James Version
O deliver not the soul of your turtledove to the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of your poor for ever.

American Standard Version
Oh deliver not the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast: Forget not the life of thy poor for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Deliver not up to beasts the souls that confess to thee: and forget not to the end the souls of thy poor.

Darby Bible Translation
Give not up the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast; forget not the troop of thine afflicted for ever.

English Revised Version
O deliver not the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast: forget not the life of thy poor for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
O deliver not the soul of thy turtle dove to the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

World English Bible
Don't deliver the soul of your dove to wild beasts. Don't forget the life of your poor forever.

Young's Literal Translation
Give not up to a company, The soul of Thy turtle-dove, The company of Thy poor ones forget not for ever.
Study Bible
Why have You Rejected Us?
18Remember this, O LORD, that the enemy has reviled, And a foolish people has spurned Your name. 19Do not deliver the soul of Your turtledove to the wild beast; Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever. 20Consider the covenant; For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.…
Cross References
Psalm 9:18
For the needy will not always be forgotten, Nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever.

Psalm 68:10
Your creatures settled in it; You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.

Song of Solomon 2:12
The flowers have already appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning the vines, And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.

Song of Solomon 2:14
"O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your form is lovely."
Treasury of Scripture

O deliver not the soul of your turtledove to the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of your poor for ever.

turtle-dove

Psalm 68:13 Though you have lien among the pots, yet shall you be as the wings …

Songs 2:14 O my dove, that are in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places …

Songs 4:1 Behold, you are fair, my love; behold, you are fair; you have doves' …

Songs 6:9 My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, …

Isaiah 60:8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

forget

Psalm 68:10 Your congregation has dwelled therein: you, O God, have prepared …

Psalm 72:2 He shall judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with judgment.

Zephaniah 3:12 I will also leave in the middle of you an afflicted and poor people, …

James 2:5,6 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

(19) O deliver.--To guide to the meaning of this verse, the word chayyah occurs in each clause, and it is presumable in the same sense (unless there is a purposed play on words). It may have one of three meanings: "life," "animal," "troop." Psalm 17:9 suggests that chayyath nephesh go together in the sense of "greedy band," and we get--

"Deliver not to the greedy band thy dove;

Forget not the band of the afflicted for ever."

Verse 19. - O deliver net the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the multitude of the wicked; rather, O deliver not thy turtle dove unto the greedy multitude (Revised Version margin). Israel is beautifully compared to a pet dove, the gentlest and tenderest of birds. The Babylonians are the "greedy multitude" ready to kill and devour it. Forget not the congregation (or, the multitude) of thy poor forever. The "multitude of God's poor" is being carried off into a cruel captivity, or else left as a miserable remnant in an exhausted and desolated land - in either ease needing much God's protection and "remembrance." O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove,.... By which is meant the church, see Sol 2:14, which is comparable to this creature for its cleanness and purity, for its amiableness and beauty, for its harmlessness and innocence, for its modesty and meekness, for its affection and chastity to its mate, for its mournful and bemoaning voice for the loss of it, for its being a timorous and fearful creature, a weak one, and exposed to the prey of others; all which is true of the church, and may be applied to it: the Targum is,

"do not deliver the souls of them that teach thy law;''

the word having some affinity with "torah", the law; but Jarchi says, that Jonathan, in his Targum (which is not now extant) interprets it a turtle; the Syriac version, by the change of a letter, renders it, "the soul that confesseth thee": and the Arabic version, by a like change, and the addition of a letter, "the soul that knows thee"; all which, indeed, is applicable to the church of God; but our version expresses the true sense of the word, with which agree Jarchi, Kimchi, Ben Melech, and others: and it is a prayer of the church for herself; that the life of her members, their corporeal life (for not the soul, the better part, and its eternal concerns, are meant, which are safe in Christ's hands), might not be delivered

unto the multitude of the wicked, or "to the beast" (g); to persecutors comparable to lions and bears, and particularly the Romish antichrist, often called the beast in Revelation 11:8, do not deliver

"to the people, who are like to the beasts of the field, the souls of, &c.:''

forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever; the church of God is a congregation of men gathered out of the world by effectual grace, and consists chiefly of such who are literally poor, and all of them are spiritually so, and are sensible of it; for the most part they are a poor and "afflicted" (h) people, as the word may be also rendered, which the church is made up of; and may seem by themselves and others to be forgotten of God, when under divine desertions, or under afflictions, and immediate help is not given; but they are not forgotten, and still less for ever; see Isaiah 49:14.

(g) "ferae", Montanus, Piscator; "bestiae", Musculus, Vatablus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis; "bestiis", V. L. (h) "afflictorum tuorum", Montanus, Vatablus, Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, &c. 19. multitude—literally, "beast," their flock or company of men (Ps 68:10).

turtledove—that is, the meek and lonely Church.

congregation—literally, "the company," as above—thus the Church is represented as the spoiled and defeated remnant of an army, exposed to violence.74:18-23 The psalmist begs that God would appear for the church against their enemies. The folly of such as revile his gospel and his servants will be plain to all. Let us call upon our God to enlighten the dark nations of the earth; and to rescue his people, that the poor and needy may praise his name. Blessed Saviour, thou art the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. Make thy people more than conquerors. Be thou, Lord, all in all to them in every situation and circumstances; for then thy poor and needy people will praise thy name.
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