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Compare Translations for Psalm 109:16

Psalm 109:16 ASV
Because he remembered not to show kindness, But persecuted the poor and needy man, And the broken in heart, to slay [them].
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Psalm 109:16 BBE
Because he had no mercy, but was cruel to the low and the poor, designing the death of the broken-hearted.
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Psalm 109:16 CEB
All because this person didn't remember to demonstrate faithful love, but chased after the poor and needy— even the brokenhearted—with deadly intent!
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Psalm 109:16 CJB
For he did not remember to show kindness but hounded the downtrodden, the poor and the brokenhearted to death.
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Psalm 109:16 RHE
(108-16) because he remembered not to shew mercy,
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Psalm 109:16 ESV
For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.
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Psalm 109:16 GW
because he did not remember to be kind. "He drove oppressed, needy, and brokenhearted people to their graves.
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Psalm 109:16 GNT
That man never thought of being kind; he persecuted and killed the poor, the needy, and the helpless.
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Psalm 109:16 HNV
Because he didn't remember to show kindness, But persecuted the poor and needy man, The broken in heart, to kill them.
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Psalm 109:16 CSB
For he did not think to show kindness, but pursued the wretched poor and the brokenhearted in order to put them to death.
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Psalm 109:16 KJV
Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
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Psalm 109:16 LEB
because he did not remember to show loyal love, but he pursued anyone, poor or needy or brokenhearted, to slay [them].
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Psalm 109:16 NAS
Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness, But persecuted the afflicted and needy man, And the despondent in heart, to put them to death.
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Psalm 109:16 NCV
"He did not remember to be loving. He hurt the poor, the needy, and those who were sad until they were nearly dead.
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Psalm 109:16 NIRV
They never thought about doing anything kind. Instead, they drove those who were poor and needy to their deaths. They did the same thing to those whose hearts were broken.
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Psalm 109:16 NIV
For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.
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Psalm 109:16 NKJV
Because he did not remember to show mercy, But persecuted the poor and needy man, That he might even slay the broken in heart.
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Psalm 109:16 NLT
For he refused all kindness to others; he persecuted the poor and needy, and he hounded the brokenhearted to death.
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Psalm 109:16 NRS
For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted to their death.
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Psalm 109:16 RSV
For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted to their death.
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Psalm 109:16 DBY
Because he remembered not to shew kindness, but persecuted the afflicted and needy man, and the broken in heart, to slay him.
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Psalm 109:16 MSG
That's all he deserves since he was never once kind, hounded the afflicted and heartbroken to their graves.
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Psalm 109:16 WBT
Because that he remembered not to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
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Psalm 109:16 TMB
because he remembered not to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
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Psalm 109:16 TNIV
For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.
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Psalm 109:16 WEB
Because he didn't remember to show kindness, But persecuted the poor and needy man, The broken in heart, to kill them.
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Psalm 109:16 WYC
For that thing that he thought not to do mercy, and he pursued a poor man and a beggar; and to slay a man compunct in heart. (Because he never thought to show mercy, or love, but he persecuted the poor and the needy; and he even killed the broken-hearted.)
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Psalm 109:16 YLT
Because that he hath not remembered to do kindness, And pursueth the poor man and needy, And the smitten of heart -- to slay,
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Psalms 109 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 109

David complains of his enemies. (1-5) He prophesies their destruction. (6-20) Prayers and praises. (21-31)

1-5. It is the unspeakable comfort of all believers, that whoever is against them, God is for them; and to him they may apply as to one pleased to concern himself for them. David's enemies laughed at him for his devotion, but they could not laugh him out of it.

Verses 6-20 The Lord Jesus may speak here as a Judge, denouncing sentence on some of his enemies, to warn others. When men reject the salvation of Christ, even their prayers are numbered among their sins. See what hurries some to shameful deaths, and brings the families and estates of others to ruin; makes them and theirs despicable and hateful, and brings poverty, shame, and misery upon their posterity: it is sin, that mischievous, destructive thing. And what will be the effect of the sentence, "Go, ye cursed," upon the bodies and souls of the wicked! How it will affect the senses of the body, and the powers of the soul, with pain, anguish, horror, and despair! Think on these things, sinners, tremble and repent.

Verses 21-31 The psalmist takes God's comforts to himself, but in a very humble manner. He was troubled in mind. His body was wasted, and almost worn away. But it is better to have leanness in the body, while the soul prospers and is in health, than to have leanness in the soul, while the body is feasted. He was ridiculed and reproached by his enemies. But if God bless us, we need not care who curses us; for how can they curse whom God has not cursed; nay, whom he has blessed? He pleads God's glory, and the honour of his name. Save me, not according to my merit, for I pretend to none, but according to thy-mercy. He concludes with the joy of faith, in assurance that his present conflicts would end in triumphs. Let all that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to him. Jesus, unjustly put to death, and now risen again, is an Advocate and Intercessor for his people, ever ready to appear on their behalf against a corrupt world, and the great accuser.

Psalms 109 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 109

Psalms 109:1-31 . The writer complains of his virulent enemies, on whom he imprecates God's righteous punishment, and to a prayer for a divine interposition in his behalf appends the expression of his confidence and a promise of his praises. This Psalm is remarkable for the number and severity of its imprecations. Its evident typical character (compare Psalms 109:8 ) justifies the explanation of these already given, that as the language of David respecting his own enemies, or those of Christ, it has respect not to the penitent, but to the impenitent and implacable foes of good men, and of God and His cause, whose inevitable fate is thus indicated by inspired authority.

1. God of my praise--its object, thus recognizing God as a certain helper. Be not silent (compare Psalms 17:13 , 28:1 ).

2. For the mouth . . . opened--or, "They have opened a wicked mouth"
against me--literally, "with me," that is, Their intercourse is living, or, they slander me to my face ( Matthew 26:59 ).

3. (Compare Psalms 35:7 , 69:4 ).

4, 5. They return evil for good (compare Psalms 27:12 , Proverbs 17:13 ).
I give myself unto prayer--or literally, "I (am) prayer," or, "as for me, prayer," that is, it is my resource for comfort in distress.

6. over him--one of his enemies prominent in malignity ( Psalms 55:12 ).
let Satan stand--as an accuser, whose place was the right hand of the accused ( Zechariah 3:1 Zechariah 3:2 ).

7. The condemnation is aggravated when prayer for relief is treated as a sin.

8. The opposite blessing is long life ( Psalms 91:16 , Proverbs 3:2 ). The last clause is quoted as to Judas by Peter ( Acts 1:20 ).
office--literally, "charge," Septuagint, and Peter, "oversight" [ 1 Peter 5:2 ].

9, 10. Let his family share the punishment, his children be as wandering beggars to prowl in their desolate homes, a greedy and relentless creditor grasp his substance, his labor, or the fruit of it, enure to strangers and not his heirs, and his unprotected, fatherless children fall in want, so that his posterity shall utterly fail.

13. posterity--literally, "end," as in Psalms 37:38 , or, what comes after; that is, reward, or success, or its expectation, of which posterity was to a Jew a prominent part.

14, 15. Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered, &c.--Added to the terrible overthrow following his own sin, let there be the imputation of his parents' guilt, that it may now come before God, for His meting out its full consequences, in cutting off the memory of them (that is, the parents) from the earth ( Psalms 34:16 ).

16. Let God remember guilt, because he (the wicked) did not remember mercy.
poor and needy . . . broken in heart--that is, pious sufferer ( Psalms 34:18 , 35:10 , 40:17 ).

17-19. Let his loved sin, cursing, come upon him in punishment ( Psalms 35:8 ), thoroughly fill him as water and oil, permeating to every part of his system (compare Numbers 5:22-27 ), and become a garment and a girdle for a perpetual dress.

20. Let this . . . reward--or, "wages," pay for labor, the fruit of the enemy's wickedness.
from the Lord--as His judicial act.

21, 22. do . . . for me--that is, kindness.
wounded--literally, "pierced" ( Psalms 69:16 Psalms 69:29 ).

23. like the shadow--(Compare Psalms 102:11 ).
tossed up and down--or, "driven" ( Exodus 10:19 ).

24, 25. Taunts and reproaches aggravate his afflicted and feeble state ( Psalms 22:6 Psalms 22:7 ).

26, 27. Let my deliverance glorify Thee (compare Psalms 59:13 ).

28-31. In confidence that God's blessing would come on him, and confusion and shame on his enemies ( Psalms 73:13 ), he ceases to regard their curses, and anticipates a season of joyful and public thanksgiving; for God is near to protect ( Psalms 16:8 , 34:6 ) the poor from all unrighteous judges who may condemn him.