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Psalms 79:11

    Psalms 79:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you; according to the greatness of your power preserve you those that are appointed to die;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee: According to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to death;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let the cry of the prisoner come before you; with your strong arm make free the children of death;

    Webster's Revision

    Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee: According to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to death;

    World English Bible

    Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you. According to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are sentenced to death.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to death;

    Definitions for Psalms 79:11

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 79:11

    The sighing of the prisoner - The poor captive Israelites in Babylon, who sigh and cry because of their bondage.

    Those that are appointed to die - בני תמותה beney themuthah, "sons of death." Either those who were condemned to death because of their crimes, or condemned to be destroyed by their oppressors. Both these senses apply to the Israelites: they were sons of death, i.e., worthy of death because of their sins against God; they were condemned to death or utter destruction, by their Babylonish enemies.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 79:11

    Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee - The sighing of him who is bound. The allusion here is, doubtless, to those among the Hebrews who had been taken captives, and who "sighed" not only on account of the sufferings which they endured in their bondage, but because they had been taken from their country and home. The meaning is, "Hear those sighs, and come for the deliverance of those who are thus held in captivity."

    According to the greatness of thy power - Margin, as in Hebrew, thine arm. The arm is the symbol of power. It is implied here that great power was needful to deliver those who were held in captivity, power such as God only could exert - power which could be wielded only by an Omnipotent Being. It was the power of God only which could rescue them, as it is only by the power of God that sinners can be saved.

    Preserve thou those that are appointed to die - Margin, Reserve the children of death. The literal meaning is, "Let remain the sons of death;" that is, Preserve those who are in such circumstances that death is impending, and who may be called the sons of death. This might apply to those who were condemned to death; or, to those who were sick and in danger of death; or to those who were prisoners and captives, and who were, by their sufferings, exposed to death. The prayer is that such might be suffered to remain on the earth; that is, that they might be kept alive.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 79:11

    79:11 The prisoner - Of thy poor people now in captivity.