Psalm 102:20
New International Version
to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.”

New Living Translation
to hear the groans of the prisoners, to release those condemned to die.

English Standard Version
to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die,

Berean Study Bible
to hear a prisoner’s groaning, to release those condemned to death,

King James Bible
To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

New King James Version
To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To release those appointed to death,

New American Standard Bible
To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death,

NASB 1995
To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death,

NASB 1977
To hear the groaning of the prisoner; To set free those who were doomed to death;

Amplified Bible
To hear the sighing of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death,

Christian Standard Bible
to hear a prisoner’s groaning, to set free those condemned to die,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
to hear a prisoner’s groaning, to set free those condemned to die,

American Standard Version
To hear the sighing of the prisoner; To loose those that are appointed to death;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To hear the groaning of the prisoners and to release the children from death

Brenton Septuagint Translation
to hear the groaning of the fettered ones, to loosen the sons of the slain;

Contemporary English Version
He listened to the groans of prisoners, and he rescued everyone who was doomed to die."

Douay-Rheims Bible
That he might hear the groans of them that are in fetters: that he might release the children of the slain:

English Revised Version
To hear the sighing of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

Good News Translation
He heard the groans of prisoners and set free those who were condemned to die.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He heard the groans of the prisoners and set free those who were condemned to death.

International Standard Version
to listen to the groans of prisoners, to set free those condemned to death,

JPS Tanakh 1917
To hear the groaning of the prisoner; To loose those that are appointed to death;

Literal Standard Version
To hear the groan of the prisoner, To loose sons of death,

NET Bible
in order to hear the painful cries of the prisoners, and to set free those condemned to die,

New Heart English Bible
to hear the groans of the prisoner; to free those who are condemned to death;

World English Bible
to hear the groans of the prisoner; to free those who are condemned to death;

Young's Literal Translation
To hear the groan of the prisoner, To loose sons of death,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Prayer of the Afflicted
19For He looked down from the heights of His sanctuary; the LORD gazed out from heaven to earth 20to hear a prisoner’s groaning, to release those condemned to death, 21that they may proclaim the name of the LORD in Zion and praise Him in Jerusalem,…

Cross References
Psalm 68:6
God settles the lonely in families; He leads the prisoners out to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land.

Psalm 79:11
May the groans of the captives reach You; by the strength of Your arm preserve those condemned to death.

Psalm 107:10
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and chains,

Psalm 146:7
He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free,


Treasury of Scripture

To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

to hear

Psalm 79:11
Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;

Psalm 146:7
Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:

Exodus 2:23-25
And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage…

to loose

2 Chronicles 33:11-13
Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon…

Jeremiah 51:32-34
And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted…

Acts 12:6-11
And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison…

those that are appointed to.

Ephesians 2:2,3
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: …









(20, 21) Comp. Isaiah 61:1-2, and generally the whole magnificent cycle of prophetic songs at the close of Isaiah.

Appointed to death.--See margin. LXX. and Vulg., "the sons of the slain."

Verse 20. - To hear the groaning of the prisoner (see Exodus 2:24, "God heard their groaning;" and comp. Exodus 3:7; Exodus 6:5). To loose those that are appointed to death; literally, the sons of death (comp. Psalm 79:11). Captive Israel regarded its life in Babylon as little better than death (see Ezekiel 37:11).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
to hear
לִ֭שְׁמֹעַ (liš·mō·a‘)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

a prisoner’s
אָסִ֑יר (’ā·sîr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 615: A bondman, prisoner

groaning,
אֶנְקַ֣ת (’en·qaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 603: A crying, groaning

to release
לְ֝פַתֵּ֗חַ (lə·p̄at·tê·aḥ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

those condemned
בְּנֵ֣י (bə·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1121: A son

to death,
תְמוּתָֽה׃ (ṯə·mū·ṯāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8546: Execution


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