English Standard Version
I broke the fangs of the unrighteous and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
King James Bible
And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
American Standard Version
And I brake the jaws of the unrighteous, And plucked the prey out of his teeth.
I broke the jaws of the wicked man, and out of his teeth I took away the prey.
English Revised Version
And I brake the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the prey out of his teeth.
Webster's Bible Translation
And I broke the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
11 For an ear heard, and called me happy;
And an eye saw, and bear witness to me:
12 For I rescued the sufferer who cried for help,
And the orphan, and him that had no helper.
13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me,
And I made the widow's heart rejoice.
14 I put on justice, and it put me on;
As a robe and turban was my integrity.
Thus imposing was the impression of his personal appearance wherever he appeared; for (כּי explic.) the fulness of the blessing of the possession of power and of prosperity which he enjoyed was so extraordinary, that one had only to hear of it to call him happy, and that, especially if any one saw it with his own eyes, he was obliged to bear laudatory testimony to him. The futt. consec. affirm what was the inevitable consequence of hearing and seeing; העיד, seq. acc., is used like הזכּיר in the signification of laudatory recognition. The expression is not brachylogical for ותּעד לּי (vid., on Job 31:18); for from 1 Kings 21:10, 1 Kings 21:13, we perceive that העיד with the acc. of the person signifies to make any one the subject of assertion, whether he be lower or higher in rank (comp. the New Testament word, especially in Luke, μαρτυρεῖσθαι). It was, however, not merely the outward manifestation of his unusual prosperity which called forth such admiration, but his active benevolence united with the abundant resources at his command. For where there was a sufferer who cried for help he, relieved him, especially orphans and those who had no helper. ולא־עזר לו is either a new third object, or a closer definition of what precedes: the orphan and (in this state of orphanhood) helpless one. The latter is more probable both here and in the Salomonic primary passage, Psalm 72:12; in the other case ואשׁר אין־עזר לח might be expected.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
jaws. Heb. jaw teeth, or grinders. and plucked. Heb. and cast
The strong lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
But he saves the needy from the sword of their mouth and from the hand of the mighty.
Then I thought, 'I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand,
Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.
There are those whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among mankind.
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