Psalm 79:10
New International Version
Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.

New Living Translation
Why should pagan nations be allowed to scoff, asking, “Where is their God?” Show us your vengeance against the nations, for they have spilled the blood of your servants.

English Standard Version
Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants be known among the nations before our eyes!

Berean Study Bible
Why should the nations ask, “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations Your vengeance for the bloodshed of Your servants.

King James Bible
Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.

New King James Version
Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Let there be known among the nations in our sight The avenging of the blood of Your servants which has been shed.

New American Standard Bible
Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Let vengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been shed Be known among the nations in our sight.

NASB 1995
Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Let there be known among the nations in our sight, Vengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been shed.

NASB 1977
Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Let there be known among the nations in our sight, Vengeance for the blood of Thy servants, which has been shed.

Amplified Bible
Why should the [Gentile] nations say, “Where is their God?” Let there be known [without delay] among the nations in our sight [and to this generation], Your vengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been poured out.

Christian Standard Bible
Why should the nations ask, “Where is their God? ” Before our eyes, let vengeance for the shed blood of your servants be known among the nations.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why should the nations ask,” Where is their God?” Before our eyes, let vengeance for the shed blood of Your servants be known among the nations.

American Standard Version
Wherefore should the nations say, Where is their God? Let the avenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed Be known among the nations in our sight.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lest the Gentiles say, "Where is your God?” Let the vengeance of the blood of your Servants that is shed be known among the Gentiles before our eyes.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Lets haply they should say among the heathen, Where is their God? and let the avenging of thy servant's blood that has been shed be known among the heathen before our eyes.

Contemporary English Version
Why should nations ask us, "Where is your God?" Let us and the other nations see you take revenge for your servants who died a violent death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lest they should say among the Gentiles: Where is their God? And let him be made known among the nations before our eyes, By the revenging the blood of thy servants, which hath been shed:

English Revised Version
Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed be known among the heathen in our sight.

Good News Translation
Why should the nations ask us, "Where is your God?" Let us see you punish the nations for shedding the blood of your servants.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why should the nations [be allowed to] say, "Where is their God?" Let us watch as the nations learn that there is punishment for shedding the blood of your servants.

International Standard Version
Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let vengeance for the blood of your servants be meted out before our eyes and among the nations.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore should the nations say: 'Where is their God?' Let the avenging of Thy servants' blood that is shed Be made known among the nations in our sight.

Literal Standard Version
Why do the nations say, “Where [is] their God?” Let [it] be known among the nations before our eyes, The vengeance of the blood of Your servants that is shed.

NET Bible
Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Before our very eyes may the shed blood of your servants be avenged among the nations!

New Heart English Bible
Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let it be known among the nations, before our eyes, that vengeance for your servants' blood is being poured out.

World English Bible
Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let it be known among the nations, before our eyes, that vengeance for your servants' blood is being poured out.

Young's Literal Translation
Why do the nations say, 'Where is their God?' Let be known among the nations before our eyes, The vengeance of the blood of Thy servants that is shed.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Prayer for Deliverance
9Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; deliver us and atone for our sins, for the sake of Your name. 10Why should the nations ask, “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations Your vengeance for the bloodshed of Your servants. 11May the groans of the captives reach You; by the strength of Your arm preserve those condemned to death.…

Cross References
Revelation 6:10
And they cried out in a loud voice, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You avenge our blood and judge those who dwell upon the earth?"

Psalm 42:3
My tears have been my food both day and night, while men ask me all day long, "Where is your God?"

Psalm 42:10
Like the crushing of my bones, my enemies taunt me, while they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"

Psalm 94:1
O LORD, God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, shine forth.

Psalm 94:2
Rise up, O Judge of the earth; render a reward to the proud.

Psalm 113:1
Hallelujah! Give praise, O servants of the LORD; praise the name of the LORD.

Psalm 115:2
Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"


Treasury of Scripture

Why should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of your servants which is shed.

wherefore

Psalm 42:3,10
My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? …

Psalm 115:2
Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?

Joel 2:17
Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

let him

Psalm 9:16
The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

Psalm 58:11
So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

Psalm 83:17,18
Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: …

by the

Jeremiah 51:35
The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say; and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say.

Revelation 18:20
Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

revenging.

Romans 12:19
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.









(10) Wherefore.--Taken from Joel 2:17.

Let him be known.--Better, Let it be known, i.e., where God is. Let the answer to the question be given in vengeance, and let us see it.

Verse 10. - Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? (so Joel 2:17). A triumph over a foreign nation was always regarded in the ancient world as a triumph over their gods. Their gods were bound to protect them, and, if they did not, must either have been absent or powerless (comp. 2 Kings 18:33-35; 2 Kings 19:12). Let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed; rather, let there be shown forth among the heathen in our sight vengeance for the blood of thy servants that has been shed; or, in other words, "Let an evident judgment, visible to us, fall upon the heathen who have shed the blood of our brethren, thy true servants." An immediate judgment is prayed for; but it did not please God to send the judgment till after the expiration of a long term of years.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Why
לָ֤מָּה ׀ (lām·māh)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

should the nations
הַגּוֹיִם֮ (hag·gō·w·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

ask,
יֹאמְר֣וּ (yō·mə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Where
אַיֵּ֪ה (’ay·yêh)
Interrogative
Strong's 346: Where?

is their God?”
אֱ‍ֽלֹהֵ֫יהֶ֥ם (’ĕlō·hê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

Before our eyes,
לְעֵינֵ֑ינוּ (lə·‘ê·nê·nū)
Preposition-l | Noun - cdc | first person common plural
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain

make known
יִוָּדַ֣ע (yiw·wā·ḏa‘)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3045: To know

among the nations
בַּגּוֹיִ֣ם (bag·gō·w·yim)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

Your vengeance
נִ֝קְמַ֗ת (niq·maṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 5360: Avengement

for the bloodshed
דַּֽם־ (dam-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1818: Blood, of man, an animal, the juice of the grape, bloodshed

of Your servants.
עֲבָדֶ֥יךָ (‘ă·ḇā·ḏe·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant


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