Psalm 99:8
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New International Version
LORD our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.

New Living Translation
O LORD our God, you answered them. You were a forgiving God to them, but you punished them when they went wrong.

English Standard Version
O LORD our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.

New American Standard Bible
O LORD our God, You answered them; You were a forgiving God to them, And yet an avenger of their evil deeds.

King James Bible
Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD our God, You answered them. You were a forgiving God to them, an avenger of their sinful actions.

International Standard Version
LORD our God, you answered them; you were their God who forgave them, but also avenged their evil deeds.

NET Bible
O LORD our God, you answered them. They found you to be a forgiving God, but also one who punished their sinful deeds.

New Heart English Bible
You answered them, LORD our God. You are a God who forgave them, although you took vengeance for their doings.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah, our God, you answered them, oh God, you have been an avenger to them; pay them according to their works!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, our God, you answered them. You showed them that you are a forgiving God and that you are a God who punishes their [sinful] deeds.

JPS Tanakh 1917
O LORD our God, Thou didst answer them; A forgiving God wast Thou unto them, Though Thou tookest vengeance of their misdeeds.

New American Standard 1977
O LORD our God, Thou didst answer them;
            Thou wast a forgiving God to them,
            And yet an avenger of their evil deeds.



Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou didst answer them, O LORD our God; thou wast a God that didst forgive them, and an avenger for their works.

King James 2000 Bible
You answered them, O LORD our God: you were a God that forgave them, though you took vengeance on their wrongdoings.

American King James Version
You answered them, O LORD our God: you were a God that forgave them, though you took vengeance of their inventions.

American Standard Version
Thou answeredst them, O Jehovah our God: Thou wast a God that forgavest them, Though thou tookest vengeance of their doings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou didst hear them, O Lord our God: thou wast a merciful God to them, and taking vengeance on all their inventions.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah, our God, thou answeredst them: a forgiving God wast thou unto them, though thou tookest vengeance of their doings.

English Revised Version
Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their doings.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou didst answer them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

World English Bible
You answered them, Yahweh our God. You are a God who forgave them, although you took vengeance for their doings.

Young's Literal Translation
O Jehovah, our God, Thou hast afflicted them, A God forgiving Thou hast been to them, And taking vengeance on their actions.

Study Bible
The Lord Reigns!
7He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; They kept His testimonies And the statute that He gave them. 8O LORD our God, You answered them; You were a forgiving God to them, And yet an avenger of their evil deeds. 9Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God.…
Cross References
Exodus 32:28
So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day.

Exodus 32:34
"But go now, lead the people where I told you. Behold, My angel shall go before you; nevertheless in the day when I punish, I will punish them for their sin."

Numbers 14:20
So the LORD said, "I have pardoned them according to your word;

Numbers 20:12
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them."

Psalm 78:38
But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them; And often He restrained His anger And did not arouse all His wrath.

Psalm 95:11
"Therefore I swore in My anger, Truly they shall not enter into My rest."

Psalm 99:9
Exalt the LORD our God And worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God.

Psalm 106:44
Nevertheless He looked upon their distress When He heard their cry;

Psalm 107:12
Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; They stumbled and there was none to help.
Treasury of Scripture

You answered them, O LORD our God: you were a God that forgave them, though you took vengeance of their inventions.

thou wast

Psalm 89:33 Nevertheless my loving kindness will I not utterly take from him, …

Numbers 14:20 And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to your word:

Deuteronomy 9:19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, with which the …

Jeremiah 46:28 Fear you not, O Jacob my servant, said the LORD: for I am with you…

Zephaniah 3:7 I said, Surely you will fear me, you will receive instruction; so …

through

Exodus 32:2,34,35 And Aaron said to them, Break off the golden earrings, which are …

Numbers 11:33,34 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, …

Numbers 14:20-24 And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to your word…

Numbers 20:12,24 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, Because you believed me not, …

Deuteronomy 3:26 But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear …

Deuteronomy 9:20 And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and …

their inventions

Ecclesiastes 7:29 See, this only have I found, that God has made man upright; but they …

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

(8) Thou tookest vengeance of their inventions (or, works).--This does not refer to the personages just mentioned but to the people at large. The train of thought is as follows:--"There are great saints among us, as in olden time, but, as then, their prayers, while often procuring forgiveness, could not altogether avert punishment for sin; so the present community must expect retribution when sinful, in spite of the mediation of the better part of the nation." The Hebrew style did not favour similes, and hence the poet omits the signs of comparison, and leaves his inference to be drawn by his readers.

Verse 8. - Thou answeredst them, O Lord our God (comp. ver. 6, ad fin.). Thou wast a God that forgavest them; literally, a forgiving God wast thou to them. Both Moses and Aaron "angered God at the waters of strife" (Psalm 106:32; Numbers 20:12, 13). Aaron angered him still more by sanctioning the idolatry of the golden calf (Exodus 32:1-24). God pardoned both of them these and other sins, but not without inflicting punishment for the sins. Though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions. God's "severity" extended even to these blessed saints, Moses, Aaron, and Samuel. The former two were expressly excluded from the land of promise for their conduct at Meribah (Numbers 20:12); and Samuel's judgeship seems to have been brought to an end through his undue leniency towards his sons Joel and Abiah (1 Samuel 8:1-5). Thou answeredst them, O Lord our God,.... This is repeated to show the certainty of it, and to encourage the people of God, in all ages, to pray unto him:

thou wast a God that forgavest them; even Moses, Aaron, and Samuel; for, though they were great and good men, they did not live without sin, and stood in need of pardoning grace and mercy, which they had; or rather the people for whom they prayed: so the Targum,

"O God, thou wast forgiving thy people for them;''

that is, through their prayers; see Numbers 14:19,

though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions; their sins, which are the inventions of men, Ecclesiastes 7:29. Kimchi and others interpret this of the inventions, designs, and practices of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, against Moses and Aaron, Numbers 16:32 but though God took vengeance on them, it does not appear that he forgave their iniquities; wherefore it is best to understand this either of the sins of Moses and Aaron themselves, which, though pardoned, God took vengeance of, and showed his displeasure at, by not suffering them to go into the land of Canaan, Numbers 20:10, or else of the sins of the Israelites, who murmured upon the report of the spies; and though they were pardoned at the intercession of Moses, yet so far vengeance was taken upon them, that none of them were suffered to enter the land of Canaan; but their carcasses fell in the wilderness, Numbers 14:19, and thus, though God forgives the iniquities of his people, for the sake of his Son, yet he takes vengeance of them on him, their surety; on whom they have been laid and borne, and who has not been spared in the least; but has bore the whole wrath and vengeance of God due to sin; and besides, though he pardons his people, yet he chastises them for their sins, and shows his fatherly displeasure at them. 99:6-9 The happiness of Israel is made out by referring to the most useful governors of that people. They in every thing made God's word and law their rule, knowing that they could not else expect that their prayers should be answered. They all wonderfully prevailed with God in prayer; miracles were wrought at their request. They pleaded for the people, and obtained answers of peace. Our Prophet and High Priest, of infinitely greater dignity than Moses, Aaron, or Samuel, has received and declared to us the will of the Father. Let us not only exalt the Lord with our lips, but give him the throne in our heart; and while we worship him upon his mercy-seat, let us never forget that he is holy.
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