Psalm 9:12
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New International Version
For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

New Living Translation
For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.

English Standard Version
For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

Berean Study Bible
For the Avenger of bloodshed remembers; He does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.

New American Standard Bible
For He who requires blood remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

King James Bible
When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

Christian Standard Bible
For the one who seeks an accounting for bloodshed remembers them; he does not forget the cry of the oppressed.

Contemporary English Version
You did not forget to punish the guilty or listen to the cries of those in need.

Good News Translation
God remembers those who suffer; he does not forget their cry, and he punishes those who wrong them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the One who seeks an accounting for bloodshed remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

International Standard Version
As an avenger of blood, he remembers them; he has not forgotten the cry of the afflicted.

NET Bible
For the one who takes revenge against murderers took notice of the oppressed; he did not overlook their cry for help

New Heart English Bible
For he who avenges blood remembers them. He doesn't forget the cry of the afflicted.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because he has remembered to require their blood and he does not forget the cry of the poor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The one who avenges murder has remembered oppressed people. He has never forgotten their cries.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For He that avengeth blood hath remembered them; He hath not forgotten the cry of the humble.

New American Standard 1977
For He who requires blood remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When he makes requirement for blood, he remembers them; he does not forget the cry of the humble.

King James 2000 Bible
When he avenges blood, he remembers them: he forgets not the cry of the humble.

American King James Version
When he makes inquisition for blood, he remembers them: he forgets not the cry of the humble.

American Standard Version
For he that maketh inquisition for blood remembereth them; He forgetteth not the cry of the poor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For requiring their blood he hath remembered the: he hath not forgotten the cry of the poor.

Darby Bible Translation
For when he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them; the cry of the afflicted ones hath he not forgotten.

English Revised Version
For he that maketh inquisition for blood remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the poor.

Webster's Bible Translation
When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

World English Bible
For he who avenges blood remembers them. He doesn't forget the cry of the afflicted.

Young's Literal Translation
For He who is seeking for blood Them hath remembered, He hath not forgotten the cry of the afflicted.
Study Bible
I Will Give Thanks to the LORD
11Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion; proclaim His deeds among the nations. 12For the Avenger of bloodshed remembers; He does not ignore the cry of the afflicted. 13Be merciful to me, O LORD; see how my enemies afflict me! Snatch me from the gates of death,…
Cross References
Genesis 9:5
And surely I will require the life of any man or beast by whose hand your lifeblood is shed. I will demand an accounting from anyone who takes the life of his fellow man:

Genesis 42:22
But Reuben replied: "Didn't I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you would not listen. Now we must account for his blood!"

2 Samuel 4:11
How much more, when wicked men kill a righteous man in his own house and on his own bed, shall I not now require his blood from your hands and wipe you off the earth!"

Psalm 9:18
For the needy will not always be forgotten; nor the hope of the oppressed forever dashed.

Psalm 10:12
Arise, O LORD! Lift up Your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.

Psalm 72:14
He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for their blood is precious in his sight.

Psalm 136:23
He remembered us in our low estate His loving devotion endures forever.

Treasury of Scripture

When he makes inquisition for blood, he remembers them: he forgets not the cry of the humble.

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Genesis 9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of …

2 Kings 24:4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem …

Isaiah 26:21 For, behold, the LORD comes out of his place to punish the inhabitants …

Matthew 23:35 That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth…

Luke 11:50,51 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation …

Revelation 6:9,10 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the …

Revelation 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have …

he forgetteth

Psalm 10:14,17 You have seen it; for you behold mischief and spite, to requite it …

Psalm 22:24 For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; …

Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of …

Psalm 102:17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

Exodus 3:7,9 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people …

Luke 18:7,8 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to …

humble. or, afflicted

Judges 10:16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the …







(12) When.--Better, for he maketh inquisition; literally, the seeker of bloods: i.e., "the avenger of blood." The allusion is to the goel, the nearest relative of the murdered man, who must, according to Oriental custom, avenge him. The verbs are better in the past, "remembered," "forgot not."

Them--i.e., the sufferers to be mentioned now.

Humble.--This follows the Hebrew margin. Better here, the afflicted. In the Hebrew the two readings give two forms from the same root, generally taken to have, one of them, an ethical, the other, a physical sense; but the distinction is not borne out by Biblical use.

Verse 12. - When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them; rather, for he that maketh inquisition for blood (see Genesis 9:5) remembereth them. God, i.e., the Requirer of blood (Kay), remembers, when he makes his inquisition, those who are oppressed (per. 9), and who seek him (ver. 10). He forgetteth not the cry of the humble; or, the afflicted (Kay, Cheyne). He comes to the aid of such persons, and avenges them on their enemies. When he maketh inquisition for blood,.... The Arabic version renders it, "he remembers him that seeks their blood"; that is, the wicked man, that lies in wait for innocent blood, and whose feet are swift to shed it; the man of sin, who is bloodthirsty; who drinks up the blood of the saints like water, and has been made drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus, him will God remember, and take vengeance on, in his own time: but rather this is to be understood of God himself, seeking for the blood of his saints: he knows where it is, though ever so privily shed, as he did Abel's; yet, to show his strict care and accurate notice of it, he is represented as searching for it, and finding it out by secret search, Jeremiah 2:34. And it is the same phrase with "requiring" blood, and expresses a demand of satisfaction for it; and declares the vengeance that God will take on account of it: he requires the blood of every man at the hand of him by whom it is shed, Genesis 9:5; especially the blood of the righteous, Matthew 23:35; particularly the blood of the martyrs of Jesus, shed by the Romish antichrist; he will make inquisition for that, and will find in Babylon the blood of the prophets and saints, and of all that are slain on earth; and will avenge the blood of his servants at her hand, and give her blood to drink, Revelation 18:24;

he remembereth them; either the "righteous", as the Targum paraphrases it, whose blood has been shed; or else the wicked, who shed their blood: God will remember them and their sins; which, for some time, may seem not to have been taken notice of by him, and will pour out his wrath, and inflict just punishment on them; see Revelation 16:19;

he forgetteth not the cry of the humble: the "Cetib", or writing of the text, is "afflicted"; the "Keri", or marginal reading, is "humble"; so the Masorah and Targum read: both may be taken into the sense: afflicted persons are generally humble, afflictions make them humble; God's people are an afflicted people; afflicted with sin, with Satan, with the world, with antichrist and his followers: and they are an humble people; grace makes them humble, and a sense of their sin and unworthiness keeps them so: and this is a proper character of the followers of Jesus. These in their distress cry to the Lord, as the Israelites did in Egypt under their bondage and, pressures: yea, their blood cries after death, as Abel's did, and as the blood of the martyrs of Christ does, whose souls under the altar cry for vengeance, Revelation 6:9; and God is not unmindful of their cry; however he may seem to be, he takes notice of it, and wilt in his own time avenge his elect, which cry unto him day and night. 12. for blood—that is, murders (Ps 5:6), including all the oppressions of His people.

maketh inquisition—(compare Ge 9:5). He will avenge their cause.9:11-20 Those who believe that God is greatly to be praised, not only desire to praise him better themselves, but desire that others may join with them. There is a day coming, when it will appear that he has not forgotten the cry of the humble; neither the cry of their blood, or the cry of their prayers. We are never brought so low, so near to death, but God can raise us up. If he has saved us from spiritual and eternal death, we may thence hope, that in all our distresses he will be a very present help to us. The overruling providence of God frequently so orders it, that persecutors and oppressors are brought to ruin by the projects they formed to destroy the people of God. Drunkards kill themselves; prodigals beggar themselves; the contentious bring mischief upon themselves: thus men's sins may be read in their punishment, and it becomes plain to all, that the destruction of sinners is of themselves. All wickedness came originally with the wicked one from hell; and those who continue in sin, must go to that place of torment. The true state, both of nations and of individuals, may be correctly estimated by this one rule, whether in their doings they remember or forget God. David encourages the people of God to wait for his salvation, though it should be long deferred. God will make it appear that he never did forget them: it is not possible he should. Strange that man, dust in his and about him, should yet need some sharp affliction, some severe visitation from God, to bring him to the knowledge of himself, and make him feel who and what he is.



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