New International Version
Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.
King James Bible
O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.
Darby Bible Translation
Remember not against us the iniquities of [our] forefathers; let thy tender mercies speedily come to meet us: for we are brought very low.
World English Bible
Don't hold the iniquities of our forefathers against us. Let your tender mercies speedily meet us, for we are in desperate need.
Young's Literal Translation
Remember not for us the iniquities of forefathers, Haste, let Thy mercies go before us, For we have been very weak.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Remember not against us former iniquities - Visit us not for the sins of our forefathers.
Speedily prevent us - Let them go before us, and turn us out of the path of destruction; for there is no help for us but in thee.
We are brought very low - Literally, "We are greatly thinned." Few of us remain.
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former iniquities. or, the iniquities of them that were before us.
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[Illustration: (drop cap B) A Greek Warrior] But troubled times came again to Jerusalem. The great empires of Babylon and Assyria had passed away for ever, exactly as the prophets of Israel had foretold; but new powers had arisen in the world, and the great nations fought together so constantly that all the smaller countries, and with them the Kingdom of Judah, changed hands very often. At last Alexander the Great managed to make himself master of all the countries of the then-known world. Alexander …
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The foreigners who reside among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower.
You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
We have sinned, even as our ancestors did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly.
The LORD protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me.
Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.
He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust.
Do not be angry beyond measure, LORD; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people.
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