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Psalms 99:8

    Psalms 99:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    You answered them, O LORD our God: you were a God that forgave them, though you took vengeance of their inventions.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Thou answeredst them, O Jehovah our God: Thou wast a God that forgavest them, Though thou tookest vengeance of their doings.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    You gave them an answer, O Lord our God; you took away their sin, though you gave them punishment for their wrongdoing.

    Webster's Revision

    Thou answeredst them, O Jehovah our God: Thou wast a God that forgavest them, Though thou tookest vengeance of their doings.

    World English Bible

    You answered them, Yahweh our God. You are a God who forgave them, although you took vengeance for their doings.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their doings.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 99:8

    Thou - forgavest them - When the people had sinned, and wrath was about to descend on them, Moses and Aaron interceded for them, and they were not destroyed.

    Tookest vengeance of their inventions - God spared them, but showed his displeasure at their misdoings. He chastised, but did not consume them. This is amply proved in the history of this people.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 99:8

    Thou answeredst them, O Lord our God - The reference here is to God as "our" God; that is, the language used by those who now worship him is designed to give encouragement in approaching his throne. The God that "we" worship is the same that "they" worshipped; and as he answered them, we may feel assured that he will answer us.

    Thou wast a God that forgavest them - They were not perfect; they were sinners; they often offended thee, and yet thou didst answer them, and show them mercy.

    Though thou tookest vengeance - Though thou didst manifest thy displeasure at their misconduct; though thou in thy judgments didst show that thou wast displeased with them; nevertheless thou didst answer them. Sinners as they were, and often as thou didst show thy displeasure at their conduct, yet thou didst hear their prayers and bless them.

    Of their inventions - The Hebrew word denotes work, deed, doing, conduct. It means here what they did - their sins. There is no allusion to any special art or "cunning" in what they did - as if they had "invented" or found out some new form of sin.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 99:8

    99:8 Them - The intercessors before mentioned. Forgavest - The people for whom they prayed, so far as not to inflict that total destruction upon them which they deserved;