Psalm 140:12
New International Version
I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.

New Living Translation
But I know the LORD will help those they persecute; he will give justice to the poor.

English Standard Version
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.

Berean Study Bible
I know that the LORD upholds justice for the poor and defends the cause of the needy.

King James Bible
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

New King James Version
I know that the LORD will maintain The cause of the afflicted, And justice for the poor.

New American Standard Bible
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, And justice for the poor.

NASB 1995
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor.

NASB 1977
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, And justice for the poor.

Amplified Bible
I know [with confidence] that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, And [will secure] justice for the poor.

Christian Standard Bible
I know that the LORD upholds the just cause of the poor, justice for the needy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I know that the LORD upholds the just cause of the poor, justice for the needy.

American Standard Version
I know that Jehovah will maintain the cause of the afflicted, And justice for the needy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I know that LORD JEHOVAH performs the judgment of the poor and the judgment of the afflicted.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the poor, and the right of the needy ones.

Contemporary English Version
Our LORD, I know that you defend the homeless and see that the poor are given justice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I know that the Lord will do justice to the needy, and will revenge the poor.

English Revised Version
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the needy.

Good News Translation
LORD, I know that you defend the cause of the poor and the rights of the needy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I know that the LORD will defend the rights of those who are oppressed and the cause of those who are needy.

International Standard Version
I know that the LORD will act on behalf of the tormented, providing justice for the needy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the poor, And the right of the needy.

Literal Standard Version
I have known that YHWH executes "" The judgment of the afflicted, "" The judgment of the needy.

NET Bible
I know that the LORD defends the cause of the oppressed and vindicates the poor.

New Heart English Bible
I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the needy.

World English Bible
I know that Yahweh will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the needy.

Young's Literal Translation
I have known that Jehovah doth execute The judgment of the afflicted, The judgment of the needy.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Rescue Me, O LORD, From Evil Men
11May no slanderer be established in the land; may calamity hunt down the man of violence. 12I know that the LORD upholds justice for the poor and defends the cause of the needy. 13Surely the righteous will praise Your name; the upright will dwell in Your presence.…

Cross References
1 Kings 8:45
then may You hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and may You uphold their cause.

1 Kings 8:49
then may You hear from heaven, Your dwelling place, their prayer and petition, and may You uphold their cause.

Psalm 9:4
For You have upheld my just cause; You sit on Your throne judging righteously.

Psalm 12:5
"For the cause of the oppressed and for the groaning of the needy, I will now arise," says the LORD. "I will bring safety to him who yearns."

Psalm 18:27
For You save an afflicted people, but You humble those with haughty eyes.

Psalm 35:10
All my bones will exclaim, "Who is like You, O LORD, who delivers the afflicted from the aggressor, the poor and needy from the robber?"

Psalm 82:3
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; uphold the rights of the afflicted and oppressed.

Proverbs 22:23
for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who rob them.

Jeremiah 51:36
Therefore this is what the LORD says: "Behold, I will plead your case and take vengeance on your behalf; I will dry up her sea and make her springs run dry.

Lamentations 3:35
to deny a man justice before the Most High,


Treasury of Scripture

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.

the Lord

Psalm 9:4
For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.

Psalm 10:17,18
LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: …

Psalm 22:24
For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.









(12) Comp. Psalm 9:4; Psalm 9:16.

Verse 12. - I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted. The psalmist is confident, not only that the wicked will be punished, but also that the righteous, whatever sufferings may come upon them, will ultimately be delivered out of their afflictions (comp. Psalm 9:4, 9, 12, 18, etc.). And the right of the poor. It is not to be supposed that "the right" is always with "the poor;" but, when it is, God will assuredly be their champion.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I know
יָדַ֗עְתִּי (yā·ḏa‘·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3045: To know

that
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the LORD
יְ֭הוָה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

upholds
יַעֲשֶׂ֣ה (ya·‘ă·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

justice
דִּ֣ין (dîn)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1779: Judgement, strife

for the poor
עָנִ֑י (‘ā·nî)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble

[and defends] the cause
מִ֝שְׁפַּ֗ט (miš·paṭ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

of the needy.
אֶבְיֹנִֽים׃ (’eḇ·yō·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 34: In want, needy, poor


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