Psalm 9:18

18 But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

Read Psalm 9:18 Using Other Translations

For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
But the needy will not be ignored forever; the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.

What does Psalm 9:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 9:18

For the needy shall not always be forgotten
The people of God are poor and needy for the most part; they are so in things temporal, and they are poor in spirit, or in things spiritual, of which they are sensible; their needs are many, and frequently return; but God has provided a throne of grace for them to come to for help in time of need, and he will supply all their wants out of the fulness of grace in Christ; nor is he unmindful of them, and of his covenant with them; strictly speaking, they are never forgotten by him, being engraven on his hands, and set as a seal on his heart; but they sometimes seem to be so both to themselves and others, ( Psalms 42:3 Psalms 42:10 ) ( 44:24 ) ( 77:9 ) ( Isaiah 49:14 ) ; and they may continue so long; God may seem for a long time to take no notice of them, but suffer them to lie under affliction and persecution; the holy city is trodden under foot forty two months, or one thousand two hundred and sixty days, that is, so many years; so long the witnesses prophesy in sackcloth, so long the church is in the wilderness, and so long will be the reign of antichrist, ( Revelation 11:2 Revelation 11:3 ) ( 12:6 ) ( 13:5 ) ; but as great Babylon will come up in remembrance before God, and he will remember her sins, and render her double; the set time to favour his poor and needy will come, and he will arise and have mercy on them, and bring them into a glorious and comfortable state and condition;

the expectation of the poor shall [not] perish for ever;
the negative particle, though not in the original text, is rightly supplied from the preceding clause, as it is by the Targum, Jarchi, Aben Ezra, and Kimchi, and as the sense requires; and the expectation of Christ's poor ones is not only a supply of grace here and eternal happiness hereafter; but they expect a glorious state of the church on earth, and that Christ will descend in person from heaven, and his tabernacle will be among men; and that they shall be kings and priests, and possess the kingdom, and reign with Christ a thousand years; and though these things may seem to be deferred, and their expectation put off to a length of time, yet it shall not perish for ever; there will be a performance of the things promised and expected.

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