Psalm 138:6

6 Though the LORD is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar.

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Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.
Though the LORD is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud.

What does Psalm 138:6 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 138:6

Though the Lord [be] high
Above all the earth, and all the nations of it, and the highest of men in it; above the heavens, and the angels there, who are his creatures and at his command; above all the blessings and praises of his saints: the perfect knowledge of him is so high as not to be attained; and his thoughts and ways are higher than ours, as the heavens are higher than the earth; he is indeed the most High, higher than the highest; see ( Psalms 113:4 Psalms 113:5 ) . According to Arama, here begins the song,

``the kings of the earth shall sing in the ways of the Lord?''

yet hath he respect unto the lowly;
for good, as the Targum; that are low in their own eyes, humbled under a sense of sin, convinced, of the insufficiency of their own righteousness to justify them, and made to submit to the righteousness of Christ; ascribe the whole of their salvation to the free grace of God; patiently and quietly bear every afflictive providence; think the worst of themselves, and the best of others; and, being the followers of the lowly Jesus, learn of him, imitate him, and become like unto him: these the Lord has a gracious respect unto; he looks upon them with a look of love; he has respect to their persons in Christ, and to their sacrifices for his sake, which are those of a broken and contrite heart; he regards their prayers, though low and destitute, and gives more grace unto them; yea, he condescends to dwell with them, and in due time highly exalts them; see ( Isaiah 57:15 ) ( 66:2 ) ( Luke 14:11 ) . David may have in view his own low state and condition as a shepherd, in which he was when the Lord took him, and raised him to the throne of Israel;

but the proud he knoweth afar off;
the Targum adds,

``to destroy them:''

such who are proud of themselves and what they have; of their wisdom and knowledge, of their strength or beauty, of their wealth and riches; or of their righteousness and holiness; of the purity and goodness of their hearts, and power of their free will, they vainly think themselves possessed of; and despise others below them in these things, or the practice of them: these the Lord takes notice of, and looks upon them at a distance with scorn and contempt; nor will he admit them to nearness to him, nay, opposes himself to them, and sooner or later abases them; see ( Proverbs 3:34 ) . The Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions render it, "high things he knoweth afar off"; things too high for creatures, that are out of their reach; he sees and knows all persons and things, whether in heaven or in earth. Others render them, "and the high One knoweth afar off" F21; knows the lowly, owns and acknowledges them for his own; takes care of them, provides for them, and protects them: and then the sense is the same with the preceding clause.


FOOTNOTES:

F21 So Pagninus; "quamvis", Junius & Tremellius.
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