English Standard Version
Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
King James Bible
A Prayer of David. Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
American Standard Version
Bow down thine ear, O Jehovah, and answer me; For I am poor and needy.
A prayer for David himself. Incline thy ear, O Lord, and hear me: for I am needy and poor.
English Revised Version
A Prayer Of David. Bow down thine ear, O LORD, and answer me; for I am poor and needy.
Webster's Bible Translation
A Prayer of David. Bow down thy ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The prayer is followed by attention to the divine answer, and by the answer itself. The poet stirs himself up to give ear to the words of God, like Habakkuk, Habakkuk 2:1. Beside אשׁמעה we find the reading אשׁמעה, vid., on Psalm 39:13. The construction of האל ה is appositional, like המּלך דּוד, Ges. 113. כּי neither introduces the divine answer in express words, nor states the ground on which he hearkens, but rather supports the fact that God speaks from that which He has to speak. Peace is the substance of that which He speaks to His people, and that (the particularizing Waw) to His saints; but with the addition of an admonition. אל is dehortative. It is not to be assumed in connection with this ethical notion that the ah of לכסלה is the locative ah as in לשׁאולה, Psalm 9:18. כּסלה is related to כּסל like foolery to folly. The present misfortune, as is indicated here, is the merited consequence of foolish behaviour (playing the fool). In Psalm 85:10. the poet unfolds the promise of peace which he has heard, just as he has heard it. What is meant by ישׁעו is particularized first by the infinitive, and then in perfects of actual fact. The possessions that make a people truly happy and prosperous are mentioned under a charming allegory exactly after Isaiah's manner, Isaiah 32:16., Isaiah 45:8; Isaiah 59:14. The glory that has been far removed again takes up its abode in the land. Mercy or loving-kindness walks along the streets of Jerusalem, and there meets fidelity, like one guardian angel meeting the other. Righteousness and peace or prosperity, these two inseparable brothers, kiss each other there, and fall lovingly into each other's arms.
(Note: Concerning St. Bernard's beautiful parable of the reconciliation of the inviolability of divine threatening and of justice with mercy and peace in the work of redemption, which has grown out of this passage of the Psalms, Misericordia et veritas obviaverunt sibi, justitia et pax osculatae sunt, and has been transferred to the painting, poetry, and drama of the middle ages, vid., Piper's Evangelischer Kalender, 1859, S. 24-34, and the beautiful miniature representing the ἀσπασμός of δικαιοσύνη and εἰρήνη of a Greek Psalter, 1867, S. 63.)
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A Prayer of David., or a prayer, being a Psalm of David. This Psalm is supposed to have been composed by David either when persecuted by Saul, or driven from Jerusalem by Absalom.
for I am
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.
Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright;
As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!
But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me!
Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry!
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