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Proverbs 23:11

    Proverbs 23:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their cause against thee.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For their saviour is strong, and he will take up their cause against you.

    Webster's Revision

    For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their cause against thee.

    World English Bible

    for their Defender is strong. He will plead their case against you.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For their redeemer is strong; he shall plead their cause against thee.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 23:11

    For their redeemer is mighty - גאלם goalam, their kinsman. The word means the person who has a right, being next in blood, to redeem a field or estate, alienated from the family, to avenge the blood of a murdered relative, by slaying the murderer; and to take to wife a brother's widow, who had died childless, in order to preserve the family. The strength here mentioned refers to the justness of his claim, the extent of his influence, and the powerful abettors of such a cause. But in reference to the orphans here mentioned, they having no kinsman, God takes up, vindicates, and avenges their cause.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 23:11

    The reason is given for the precept Proverbs 23:10.

    Their redeemer - See Job 19:25 note. It was the duty of the גאל gā'al, the next of kin, to take on himself, in case of murder, the office of avenger of blood Numbers 35:19. By a slight extension the word was applied to one who took on himself a like office in cases short of this. Here, therefore, the thought is that, destitute as the fatherless may seem, there is One who claims them as His next of kin, and will avenge them. Yahweh Himself is in this sense their גאל gā'al, their Redeemer.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 23:11

    23:11 Redeemer - Heb. their near kinsman, to whom it belongs to avenge their wrongs, and to recover and maintain their rights.