New International Version
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
King James Bible
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
Darby Bible Translation
And shall not God at all avenge his elect, who cry to him day and night, and he bears long as to them?
World English Bible
Won't God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them?
Young's Literal Translation
and shall not God execute the justice to His choice ones, who are crying unto Him day and night -- bearing long in regard to them?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And shall not God avenge his own elect - And will not God the righteous Judge do justice for his chosen? Probably this may refer to the cruel usage which his disciples had met with, and were still receiving, from the disobedient and unbelieving Jews; and which should be finally visited upon them in the destruction of their city, and the calamities which should follow. But we may consider the text as having a more extensive meaning. As God has graciously promised to give salvation to every soul that comes unto him through his Son, and has put his Spirit in their hearts, inducing them to cry unto him incessantly for it; the goodness of his nature and the promise of his grace bind him to hear the prayers they offer unto him, and to grant them all that salvation which he has led them by his promise and Spirit to request.
Which cry day and night unto him, etc. - This is a genuine characteristic of the true elect or disciples of Christ. They feel they have neither light, power, nor goodness, but as they receive them from him; and, as he is the desire of their soul, they incessantly seek that they may be upheld and saved by him.
Though he bear long with them? - Rather, and He is compassionate towards Them, and consequently not at all like to the unrighteous judge. Instead of μακροθυμων, and be long-suffering, as in our translation, I read μακροθυμει, he is compassionate, which reading is supported by ABDLQ, and several others. The reason which our Lord gives for the success of his chosen, is,
1. They cry unto him day and night.
2. He is compassionate towards Them.
In consequence of the first, they might expect justice even from an unrighteous judge; and, in consequence of the second, they are sure of salvation, because they ask it from that God who is towards them a Father of eternal love and compassion. There was little reason to expect justice from the unrighteous judge.
1. Because he was unrighteous; and
2. Because he had no respect for man: no, not even for a poor desolate widow.
But there is all the reason under heaven to expect mercy from God:
1. Because he is righteous, and he has promised it; and
2. Because he is compassionate towards his creatures; being ever prone to give more than the most enlarged heart can request of him.
Every reader must perceive that the common translation is so embarrassed as to be almost unintelligible; while that in this note, from the above authorities, is as plain as possible, and shows this beautiful parable to be one of the most invaluable pieces in the word of God.
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Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.--LUKE 18:1. Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his …
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July 14. "Men Ought Always to Pray" (Luke xviii. 1).
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Tit. 2:06 Thoughts for Young Men
If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.
A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.
Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God"?
"If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
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