Psalms 94:5-9

5 They crush your people, LORD; they oppress your inheritance.
6 They slay the widow and the foreigner; they murder the fatherless.
7 They say, “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob takes no notice.”
8 Take notice, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise?
9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?

Psalms 94:5-9 Meaning and Commentary


Some, as Jarchi and others, think this psalm was written by Moses; others, with greater probability, assign it to David; as do the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions; and which all but the Syriac version say it was composed to be sung on the fourth day of the week, on which day the Talmudists say it was sung; see the argument of the preceding psalm. This psalm and others, that go before and follow, are without any title in the Hebrew Bible: the title of it in the Syriac version is,

``a Psalm of David, concerning the company of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram; but spiritually, concerning the persecution against the church;''

not of the oppression of the Israelites in Egypt, as some; nor of the Jews in their present exile, as Kimchi; but rather of the people of God under the tyranny of antichrist; who are represented as complaining of his insults and cruelty, and as comforting themselves in the hopes of deliverance, and in the view of his destruction.

Cross References 8

  • 1. Psalms 44:2; Psalms 74:8; Isaiah 3:15; Jeremiah 8:21
  • 2. Psalms 28:9
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 10:18; S Isaiah 1:17
  • 4. Deuteronomy 24:19
  • 5. S Job 22:14; Psalms 10:11
  • 6. S Genesis 24:12
  • 7. S Deuteronomy 32:6; S Psalms 73:22; Psalms 92:6
  • 8. Exodus 4:11; Proverbs 20:12
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