Psalm 9:16
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New International Version
The LORD is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.

New Living Translation
The LORD is known for his justice. The wicked are trapped by their own deeds. Quiet Interlude

English Standard Version
The LORD has made himself known; he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah

New American Standard Bible
The LORD has made Himself known; He has executed judgment. In the work of his own hands the wicked is snared. Higgaion Selah.

King James Bible
The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD has revealed Himself; He has executed justice, striking down the wicked by the work of their hands. Higgaion. Selah

International Standard Version
The LORD has made himself known, executing judgment. The wicked are ensnared by what their hands have made. Interlude

NET Bible
The LORD revealed himself; he accomplished justice; the wicked were ensnared by their own actions. (Higgaion. Selah)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah makes known the judgment that he does, and the wicked is caught by the work of his hands.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD is known by the judgment he has carried out. The wicked person is trapped by the work of his own hands. [Higgaion Selah]

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD is known by the judgment which he has executed; the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion (meditate on this for ever). Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD is known by the judgment which he executes: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

American King James Version
The LORD is known by the judgment which he executes: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

American Standard Version
Jehovah hath made himself known, he hath executed judgment: The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord shall be known when he executeth judgments: the sinner hath been caught in the works of his own hands.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah is known [by] the judgment he hath executed: the wicked is ensnared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

English Revised Version
The LORD hath made himself known, he hath executed judgment: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

World English Bible
Yahweh has made himself known. He has executed judgment. The wicked is snared by the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah hath been known, Judgment He hath done, By a work of his hands Hath the wicked been snared. Meditation. Selah.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth; rather, the Lord hath made himself known; he executeth judgment (see the Revised Version; and comp. Ezekiel 20:9). The two clauses are grammatically distinct, though no doubt closely connected in their meaning. God makes himself known - manifests his character, by the judgments which he executes, shows himself just, perhaps severe, certainly One who "will not at all acquit the wicked" (Nahum 1:3). The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Some translate, "he snareth the wicked," or, "by snaring the wicked" - the special way in which God manifests himself (see Kay, p. 31; 'Speaker's Commentary,' vol. 4. p. 190). Higgaion. This word is found in three other places only, viz. Psalm 19:14; Psalm 92:3; and Lamentations 3:61. In the first it is translated "meditation," and has clearly that meaning; in the second it is supposed to mean "a gentle strain:" in the third it seems best rendered by "musing" or "reflection." Here it stands by itself, as a sort of rubrical direction, like the following word, "Selah." Some suppose it a direction to the choir to play a gentle strain of instrumental music as an interlude; others regard it as enjoining upon the congregation a space of quiet "meditation" (see Hengstenberg, ad loc.; and compare Professor Alexander's work, 'The Psalms translated and explained,' p. 45). Selah (see the comment on Psalm 3:2).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth,.... The judgment which God will execute upon antichrist, and the antichristian powers, will be a means of making known his name, his glory, his perfections, in all the earth; as his wisdom, power, justice, and goodness; see Exodus 9:16. The destruction of antichrist will be the Lord's doing, and it will be a righteous one; it will be a just retaliation; as he has killed with the sword, multitudes of his followers shall be killed with the sword; as he has led captive, he shall be taken captive at the battle of Armageddon; as he has burnt, many of the martyrs of Jesus, he shall be cast into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. Some read these words as two sentences, "The Lord is known; he hath executed judgment" (n): the latter of these refers not to the ministration of justice in the providential government of the world, or at the last day in the general judgment; but to the judgment of the great whore, or antichrist, at which time the Lord will be known in his Gospel in all the world; the earth will be tilled with the knowledge of him, and he, and he alone, will be exalted; his name will be great and glorious throughout the earth; all shall know him, from the least to the greatest; and their knowledge of him will be very clear and comprehensive;

the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands; not Goliath, as Kimchi thinks, who was slain by David with his own sword, though this was true of him in the letter and type; but the wicked one, the man of sin and son of perdition, antichrist, whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all craftiness and wily stratagems, called the depths of Satan, Revelation 2:24; but his own sins shall take him, and he shall be holden with the cords of his iniquities, and be rewarded double for all his sins; what is before figuratively expressed is here literally declared; or, "he hath snared the wicked in or by the work of his hands" (o), that is, God.

Higgaion. Selah; of the latter of these words; see Gill on Psalm 3:2; the former signifies "meditation"; Jarchi paraphrases it "let us meditate on this, selah"; Aben Ezra interprets it, "I will show forth this in truth"; the Chaldee paraphrase is, "the righteous shall rejoice for ever"; the note of Kimchi and Ben Melech is, "this salvation is to us meditation and praise"; upon the whole the sense seems to be this, that God's judgments upon antichrist, and the antichristian states, and the deliverance of his people from their yoke and tyranny, are things worthy of the meditation of the saints, and afford just matter of joy, praise, and thanksgiving.

(n) "notus est Dominus; judicium fecit", Pagninus, Montanus, Gussetius; so Vatablus, Musculus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis, and Ainsworth. (o) "illaqueavit iniquum per opus (vel in opere) manunm ipsius", Gussetius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Higgaion—means "meditation," and, combined with Selah, seems to denote a pause of unusual solemnity and emphasis (compare [573]Ps 3:2). Though Selah occurs seventy-three times, this is the only case in which Higgaion is found. In the view which is given here of the retribution on the wicked as an instance of God's wise and holy ordering, we may well pause in adoring wonder and faith.

Psalm 9:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
I will Give Thanks to the Lord
15The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made; In the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught. 16The LORD has made Himself known; He has executed judgment. In the work of his own hands the wicked is snared. Higgaion Selah. 17The wicked will return to Sheol, Even all the nations who forget God.…
Cross References
Exodus 7:5
And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it."

Exodus 7:17
This is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood.

2 Samuel 17:14
Absalom and all the men of Israel said, "The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel." For the LORD had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.

Psalm 5:10
Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.

Psalm 9:4
For you have upheld my right and my cause, sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.

Psalm 10:2
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.

Jeremiah 16:21
"Therefore I will teach them-- this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the LORD.

Ezekiel 25:17
I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I take vengeance on them.'"

Ezekiel 30:19
So I will inflict punishment on Egypt, and they will know that I am the LORD.'"

Ezekiel 32:15
When I make Egypt desolate and strip the land of everything in it, when I strike down all who live there, then they will know that I am the LORD.'

Ezekiel 35:11
therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you.

Ezekiel 38:23
And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'

Daniel 4:17
"'The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people.'
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD is known by the judgment which he executes: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

known

Psalm 48:11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because …

Psalm 58:10,11 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance: he shall …

Psalm 83:17,18 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yes, let them be put …

Exodus 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth …

Exodus 14:4,10,31 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; …

Deuteronomy 29:22-28 So that the generation to come of your children that shall rise up …

Joshua 2:10,11 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea …

Judges 1:7 And Adonibezek said, Three score and ten kings, having their thumbs …

1 Samuel 6:19,20 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into …

1 Samuel 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver you into my hand; and I will smite …

2 Kings 19:19,34,35 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech you, save you us out of his hand…

wicked

Psalm 11:6 On the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible …

Psalm 140:9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief …

Proverbs 6:2 You are snared with the words of your mouth, you are taken with the …

Proverbs 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just …

Isaiah 8:15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be …

Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD was to them precept on precept, precept …

Higgaion, that is, Meditation

Psalm 5:1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable …

Psalm 92:3 On an instrument of ten strings, and on the psaltery; on the harp …

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