Psalm 79:9
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New International Version
Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name's sake.

New Living Translation
Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the glory of your name. Save us and forgive our sins for the honor of your name.

English Standard Version
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake!

New American Standard Bible
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; And deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name's sake.

King James Bible
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God of our salvation, help us-- for the glory of Your name. Deliver us and atone for our sins, because of Your name.

International Standard Version
Help us, God, our deliverer, on account of your glorious name, deliver us and forgive our sins on account of your name.

NET Bible
Help us, O God, our deliverer! For the sake of your glorious reputation, rescue us! Forgive our sins for the sake of your reputation!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Help us, God our Savior, for the honor of your Name; pardon and save us from our sins because of your Name.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Help us, O God, our savior, for the glory of your name. Rescue us, and forgive our sins for the honor of your name.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Help us, O God, our saving health, for the honor of thy name and deliver us and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.

King James 2000 Bible
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for your name's sake.

American King James Version
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for your name's sake.

American Standard Version
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name; And deliver us, and forgive our sins, for thy name's sake.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Help us, O God, our saviour: and for the glory of thy name, O Lord, deliver us: and forgive us our sins for thy name's sake:

Darby Bible Translation
Help us, O God of our salvation, because of the glory of thy name; and deliver us, and forgive our sins, for thy name's sake.

English Revised Version
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.

Webster's Bible Translation
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.

World English Bible
Help us, God of our salvation, for the glory of your name. Deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name's sake.

Young's Literal Translation
Help us, O God of our salvation, Because of the honour of Thy name, And deliver us, and cover over our sins, For Thy name's sake.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

79:6-13 Those who persist in ignorance of God, and neglect of prayer, are the ungodly. How unrighteous soever men were, the Lord was righteous in permitting them to do what they did. Deliverances from trouble are mercies indeed, when grounded upon the pardon of sin; we should therefore be more earnest in prayer for the removal of our sins than for the removal of afflictions. They had no hopes but from God's mercies, his tender mercies. They plead no merit, they pretend to none, but, Help us for the glory of thy name; pardon us for thy name's sake. The Christian forgets not that he is often bound in the chain of his sins. The world to him is a prison; sentence of death is passed upon him, and he knows not how soon it may be executed. How fervently should he at all times pray, O let the sighing of a prisoner come before thee, according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die! How glorious will the day be, when, triumphant over sin and sorrow, the church beholds the adversary disarmed for ever! while that church shall, from age to age, sing the praises of her great Shepherd and Bishop, her King and her God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy Name. The calamities suffered have not extinguished all faith or hope. God is still the God of Israel's salvation, i.e. the God from whom alone salvation can be obtained and may be expected. He is entreated to come to Israel's aid, not for their sakes, as they are wholly undeserving, but for his own glory (comp. Exodus 32:12; Numbers 14:13; Deuteronomy 9:28; and Exodus 32:27). And deliver us, and purge away our sins; literally, make atonement for our sins (Exodus 30:15); i.e. "cancel them" (Cheyne), or "forgive them" (Hengstenberg, Kay). For thy Name's sake (comp. Psalm 23:3; Psalm 25:11; Psalm 34:3; Ezekiel 36:22).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name,.... Help us out of the troubles in which we are; enable us to bear them with patience, and without murmuring, while it is thy pleasure to continue them; assist us against our powerful enemies, and strengthen us to do our duty; afford us more grace, and fresh supplies of it in our time of need: the arguments enforcing these petitions are, because God is "the God of salvation", to whom it belongs, of whom it is, and of him only to be expected; he is the sole author and giver of it; and because to help and save is for the glory of his name, which is great in the salvation of his people:

and deliver us; out of the hands of all our enemies, and out of all our afflictions, and out of this low estate in which we are:

and purge away our sins for thy name's sake; which were the cause of all calamities and distress, and which can only be purged away by the blood and sacrifice of Christ, Hebrews 1:3, the word signifies to "expiate" (i) sin, or atone for it; which was the work and business of Christ our High Priest, who has made reconciliation for sin, finished, made an end of it, and put it away by the oblation of himself, for the sake of which God is propitious; and so the words may be rendered, "be propitious to our sins" (k): or merciful to our unrighteousnesses, for the sake of Christ the great propitiation; or through the propitiatory sacrifice to be offered up by him; or, in other words, "cover our sins" (l); which is also the sense of the phrase, that they may be seen no more; pardon and forgive them for Christ's sake; see Psalm 32:1.

(i) "expiationem fac", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis. (k) "Propitiare", Pagninus, Montanus; "propitius esto", V. L. Musculus; so Tigurine version. (l) metaph. "texit", Amama.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. for … glory of thy name [and for] thy name's sake—both mean for illustrating Thy attributes, faithfulness, power, &c.

purge … sins—literally, "provide atonement for us." Deliverance from sin and suffering, for their good and God's glory, often distinguish the prayers of Old Testament saints (compare Eph 1:7).

Psalm 79:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
How Long, O Lord?
8Do not remember the iniquities of our forefathers against us; Let Your compassion come quickly to meet us, For we are brought very low. 9Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; And deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name's sake. 10Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let there be known among the nations in our sight, Vengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been shed.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:43
Rejoice, you nations, with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies and make atonement for his land and people.

2 Chronicles 14:11
Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said, "LORD, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. LORD, you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you."

Psalm 25:5
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 25:11
For the sake of your name, LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

Psalm 31:3
Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

Psalm 39:8
Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.

Psalm 65:3
When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.

Psalm 66:2
Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious.

Psalm 96:8
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.

Psalm 109:21
But you, Sovereign LORD, help me for your name's sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me.

Jeremiah 14:7
Although our sins testify against us, do something, LORD, for the sake of your name. For we have often rebelled; we have sinned against you.

Ezekiel 16:63
Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed and never again open your mouth because of your humiliation, declares the Sovereign LORD.'"
Treasury of Scripture

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for your name's sake.

for the

Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for your …

2 Chronicles 14:11 And Asa cried to the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing …

Malachi 2:2 If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give …

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

purge

Psalm 25:11 For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.

Psalm 65:3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, you shall …

Daniel 9:9,19 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have …

for thy

Joshua 7:9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear …

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, …

Isaiah 48:9 For my name's sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will …

Jeremiah 14:7,21 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do you it for your …

Ezekiel 20:9,14 But I worked for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before …

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