Psalm 146:9
New International Version
The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

New Living Translation
The LORD protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

English Standard Version
The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

Berean Study Bible
The LORD protects the sojourners; He sustains the fatherless and the widow, but the ways of the wicked He frustrates.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.

King James Bible
The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Christian Standard Bible
The LORD protects resident aliens and helps the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

Contemporary English Version
and looks after strangers. He defends the rights of orphans and widows, but destroys the wicked.

Good News Translation
He protects the strangers who live in our land; he helps widows and orphans, but takes the wicked to their ruin.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD protects foreigners and helps the fatherless and the widow, but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.

International Standard Version
The LORD stands guard over the stranger; he supports both widows and orphans, but makes the path of the wicked slippery.

NET Bible
The LORD protects those residing outside their native land; he lifts up the fatherless and the widow, but he opposes the wicked.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD preserves the foreigners. He upholds the fatherless and widow, but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah also keeps the poor; he nourishes the orphans and the widows and he drowns the way of the evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD protects foreigners. The LORD gives relief to orphans and widows. But he keeps wicked people from reaching their goal.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD preserveth the strangers; He upholdeth the fatherless and the widow; But the way of the wicked He maketh crooked.

New American Standard 1977
The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow; But He thwarts the way of the wicked.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD preserves the strangers; he raises up the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

American King James Version
The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

American Standard Version
Jehovah preserveth the sojourners; He upholdeth the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
he will relieve the orphan and widow: but will utterly remove the way of sinners.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord keepeth the strangers, he will support the fatherless and the widow: and the ways of sinners he will destroy.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah preserveth the strangers; he lifteth up the fatherless and the widow; but the way of the wicked doth he subvert.

English Revised Version
The LORD preserveth the strangers; he upholdeth the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

World English Bible
Yahweh preserves the foreigners. He upholds the fatherless and widow, but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah is preserving the strangers, The fatherless and widow He causeth to stand, And the way of the wicked He turneth upside down.
Study Bible
Praise the LORD, O My Soul
8the LORD opens the eyes of the blind, the LORD lifts those who are weighed down, the LORD loves the righteous. 9The LORD protects the sojourners; He sustains the fatherless and the widow, but the ways of the wicked He frustrates. 10The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Hallelujah!…
Cross References
James 1:27
Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Exodus 22:21
You must not exploit or oppress a foreign resident, for you yourselves were foreigners in the land of Egypt.

Leviticus 19:34
You must treat the foreigner living among you as native-born and love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 10:18
He executes justice for the fatherless and widow, and He loves the foreigner, giving him food and clothing.

Psalm 10:18
to vindicate the fatherless and oppressed, that the men of the earth may strike terror no more.

Psalm 68:5
A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in His holy habitation.

Psalm 139:24
See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 147:6
The LORD sustains the afflicted, but casts the wicked to the ground.

Proverbs 15:25
The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but He protects the boundaries of the widow.

Treasury of Scripture

The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.

preserveth

Psalm 68:5
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

Deuteronomy 10:18,19
He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment…

Deuteronomy 16:11
And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.

the way

Psalm 18:26
With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.

Psalm 83:13-17
O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind…

Psalm 145:20
The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.







Lexicon
The LORD
יְהוָ֤ה ׀ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

protects
שֹׁ֘מֵ֤ר (šō·mêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

the sojourners;
גֵּרִ֗ים (gê·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1616: A guest, a foreigner

He sustains
יְעוֹדֵ֑ד (yə·‘ō·w·ḏêḏ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5749: To duplicate, repeat, to protest, testify, to encompass, restore

the fatherless
יָת֣וֹם (yā·ṯō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3490: A bereaved person

and the widow,
וְאַלְמָנָ֣ה (wə·’al·mā·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 490: A widow, a desolate place

but the ways
וְדֶ֖רֶךְ (wə·ḏe·reḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

of the wicked
רְשָׁעִ֣ים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

He frustrates.
יְעַוֵּֽת׃ (yə·‘aw·wêṯ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5791: To be bent or crooked
(9) The stranger, the widow, and the orphan are constantly presented in the Law as objects of compassion and beneficence. The orphan and widow are mentioned as under God's care (Psalm 68:5).

Relieveth.--Or rather, restoreth, by taking up their cause and seeing justice done. Certain forms of the verb are used of bearing witness, and possibly here there is allusion to a court of justice, in which God appears as witnessing on the side of the weak and defenceless.

Turneth upside down.--Rather, bends aside. The same word in Psalm 119:78 is rendered" dealt perversely." The idea seems in both cases to be that of interference, to thwart and impede a course of action. In Psalms 119 it is an evil-disposed person who interferes with the righteous. Here it is the Divine providence which, when the wicked man has laid out his plans, and looks as it were along a plain and level road of prosperity, bends the prosperous course aside; makes the path crooked, instead of straight; full of trouble and calamity, instead of prosperous and sure.

Verse 9. - The Lord preserveth the strangers. God's goodness leads him not only to protect the righteous, but also to lend his special help to the weak and afflicted classes. "The stranger, the fatherless, and the widow" are constantly mentioned in the Old Testament as peculiar objects of the Divine care (Exodus 22:21, 22; Leviticus 19:33, 34; Deuteronomy 10:18; Job 29:12; Psalm 82:3; Isaiah 1:28; Jeremiah 7:6, etc.). He relieveth the fatherless and widow; or, "upholdeth" (see the Revised Version). But the way of the wicked he turneth upside down (comp. Psalm 145:20). His merciful protection of his saints leads him to overthrow the goings of the wicked, who are their enemies. 146:5-10 The psalmist encourages us to put confidence in God. We must hope in the providence of God for all we need as to this life, and in the grace of God for that which is to come. The God of heaven became a man that he might become our salvation. Though he died on the cross for our sins, and was laid in the grave, yet his thoughts of love to us did not perish; he rose again to fulfil them. When on earth, his miracles were examples of what he is still doing every day. He grants deliverance to captives bound in the chains of sin and Satan. He opens the eyes of the understanding. He feeds with the bread of life those who hunger for salvation; and he is the constant Friend of the poor in spirit, the helpless: with him poor sinners, that are as fatherless, find mercy; and his kingdom shall continue for ever. Then let sinners flee to him, and believers rejoice in him. And as the Lord shall reign for ever, let us stir up each other to praise his holy name.
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