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Psalms 138:6

    Psalms 138:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Though the LORD be high, yet has he respect to the lowly: but the proud he knows afar off.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For though Jehovah is high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly; But the haughty he knoweth from afar.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Though the Lord is high, he sees those who are low; and he has knowledge from far off of those who are lifted up.

    Webster's Revision

    For though Jehovah is high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly; But the haughty he knoweth from afar.

    World English Bible

    For though Yahweh is high, yet he looks after the lowly; but the proud, he knows from afar.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the haughty he knoweth from afar.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 138:6

    Though the Lord be high - Infinitely great as God is, he regards even the lowest and most inconsiderable part of his creation; but the humble and afflicted man attracts his notice particularly.

    But the proud he knoweth afar off - He beholds them at a distance, and has them in utter derision.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 138:6

    Though the Lord be high - This might be rendered "For lofty is Yahweh - and the humble he sees - and the proud he knows from afar." The idea is, that God - so high and exalted - sees and knows all of every rank among people. The mind of the psalmist had been impressed with a sense of the greatness and majesty of God, but (as if it might be said that one so great could not regard man, so humble and insignificant) he adds, that the fact of God's exaltation does not prevent his noticing the affairs of people: that the lowly in life need not fear lest they should be overlooked; the proud need not hope that they will escape the notice of his eye.

    Yet hath he respect unto the lowly - Those in humble life; the obscure; the unknown. It does not mean here that he has any special favor toward them, but merely that he sees them. Their low and obscure condition does not prevent his observing them, and they need have no fear that he will overlook them, or that they will be forgotten. Compare the notes at James 4:6; notes at 1 Peter 5:5.

    But the proud - Those of lofty rank, and of lofty feelings; the haughty.

    He knoweth afar off - From afar. Though he is exalted - though he is in heaven - yet he is not so far removed but that he sees them, and knows them altogether. Distance from him is no protection for them; nor can the wicked hope to escape notice from the fact that God reigns over distant worlds.