Psalms 102:17

17 When he attends to the prayer of the wretched. He won't dismiss their prayer.

Psalms 102:17 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 102:17

He will regard the prayer of the destitute
Of the destitute of human help and support, protection and defence; as the church in the wilderness; of the "poor", as the Syriac and Arabic versions, both in spirit and in purse; of the "humble", as the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin: the word F3 signifies a low shrub or plant; it is rendered, the heath in the wilderness, ( Jeremiah 17:6 ) and designs the saints in their low and afflicted state, during the reign of antichrist, and while the witnesses prophesy in sackcloth; these are the elect that pray day and night, and give the Lord no rest till he establish and make Jerusalem a praise in the earth; and the prayers of these are regarded and looked to by the Lord; his eyes are upon and his ears are open to these praying ones; and all the glorious things which shall be done for the church of God will be in consequence of their prayers:

and not despise their prayer;
not reject it with contempt and abhorrence; more is intended than is expressed: the meaning is, that he will receive it with pleasure, and return an answer to it; the prayer of these poor destitute ones is delightful to him, ( Proverbs 15:8 ) .


F3 (rereh) "eorum, qui sunt veluti myricae", Pagninus, Vatablus, Cocceius.

Psalms 102:17 In-Context

15 The godless nations will sit up and take notice - see your glory, worship your name -
16 When God rebuilds Zion, when he shows up in all his glory,
17 When he attends to the prayer of the wretched. He won't dismiss their prayer.
18 Write this down for the next generation so people not yet born will praise God:
19 "God looked out from his high holy place; from heaven he surveyed the earth.
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