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Psalms 9:12

    Psalms 9:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    When he makes inquisition for blood, he remembers them: he forgets not the cry of the humble.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For he that maketh inquisition for blood remembereth them; He forgetteth not the cry of the poor.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    When he makes search for blood, he has them in his memory: he is not without thought for the cry of the poor.

    Webster's Revision

    For he that maketh inquisition for blood remembereth them; He forgetteth not the cry of the poor.

    World English Bible

    For he who avenges blood remembers them. He doesn't forget the cry of the afflicted.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For he that maketh inquisition for blood remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the poor.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 9:12

    When he maketh inquisition for blood - This not only applies to the Canaanites, Moabites, Ammonites, and Philistines, who shed the blood of God's people unjustly, but to all the nations of the earth who, to enlarge their territory, increase their wealth, or extend their commerce, have made destructive wars. For the blood which such nations have shed, their blood shall be shed. If man should make no inquisition for this iniquitously spilt blood, God will do it, for he remembers them; and the cry of the humbled, distressed people, driven to distraction and ruin by such wars, is not forgotten before him.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 9:12

    When he maketh inquisition for blood - When he "inquires" after blood; that is, when he comes forth with this view, to wit, for purposes of punishment. There is allusion here to such passages as that in Genesis 9:5, "And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man." The idea is, that when blood was shed in murder, God would seek out the murderer; he would require satisfaction of him who had shed the blood; he would punish the offender. The language, there, becomes equivalent to that of seeking punishment for murder, and then for sin in general; and the representation here is that of God as going forth in the capacity of an executioner of his own laws to inflict punishment on the guilty.

    He remembereth them - "He remembereth," says Prof. Alexander, "the bloods or murders," since the word blood, as in Psalm 5:6, is in the plural - bloods. The better interpretation, however, is, that the word "them" here refers to the oppressed and the afflicted - for that is the main idea in the passage. See Psalm 9:8-9. When he goes forth in the earth to execute judgment on the wicked; when he cuts them down in his wrath; when he sweeps them away as with a flood - the punishment will not be indiscriminate. He will then mark the oppressed, the afflicted, the persecuted, the troubled, and the sad, and will interpose to save them - delivering them from the storms of wrath. The idea, then, is, that the righteous will not be forgotten; that even in the most fierce and awful of his dispensations he will still regard them, and interpose to save them.

    He forgetteth not the cry of the humble - Margin, afflicted. The margin expresses the true idea. The reference is not to the humble in the common sense of that term, but to the afflicted; the oppressed; to those who are in trouble, Psalm 9:9. He will then remember the cry which in their afflictions they have been long sending up to him.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 9:12

    9:12 Blood - The bloodshed of his innocent and holy ones: which though he may not seem to regard for a season, yet he will certainly call the authors of it to a severe account. Them - The humble, as it follows, or the oppressed, ver.9, that trust in him, and seek to him, ver.10, whom he seemed to have forgotten.