English Standard Version
And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?
King James Bible
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
American Standard Version
And shall not God avenge his elect, that cry to him day and night, and yet he is longsuffering over them?
And will not God revenge his elect who cry to him day and night: and will he have patience in their regard?
English Revised Version
And shall not God avenge his elect, which cry to him day and night, and he is longsuffering over them?
Webster's Bible Translation
And will not God avenge his own elect, who cry day and night to him, though he beareth long with them?
Weymouth New Testament
And will not God avenge the wrongs of His own People who cry aloud to Him day and night, although He seems slow in taking action on their behalf?
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
And shall not God
The emphasis is on God. In the Greek order, "and God, shall he not," etc.
Though he bear long with them
A very difficult passage, and interpretations vary greatly.
(1.) The verb μακροθυμέω means to be long-suffering, or to endure patiently. Such is its usual rendering in the New Testament.
(2.) Them (αὐτοῖς) refers not to the persecutors of God's elect, but to the elect themselves. The Rev. cuts the knot by the most literal of renderings: "and he is long-suffering over (ἐπι) them."
(3.) The secondary meaning of restraining or delaying may fairly be deduced from the verb, and explained either (a) of delaying punishment, or (b) of delaying sympathy or help.
The Am. Rev. adopts the former, and throws the sentence into the form of a question: "And is he slow to punish on their behalf" ( ἐπ' αὐτοῖς) ? I venture to suggest the following: Καὶ not infrequently has the sense of yet, or and yet. So Euripides' "Thou art Jove-born, and yet (καὶ) thy utterance is unjust "("Helena," 1147). Aristophanes: "O crown, depart, and joy go with thee: yet (καὶ) I part from thee unwillingly" ("Knights," 1249). So John 9:30 : "Ye know not from whence he is, and yet (καὶ) he hath opened my eyes." John 16:32 : "Ye shall leave me alone, and yet (καὶ) I am not alone," etc. Render, then, "Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry unto him day and night; yet he delayeth help on their behalf," even as the unjust judge delayed to avenge the widow? Surely he will, and that ere long. This rendering, instead of contrasting God with the judge, carries out the parallel. The judge delays through indifference. God delays also, or seems to delay, in order to try his children's faith, or because his purpose is not ripe; but he, too, will do justice to the suppliant. Tynd., Yea, though he defer them.
"He hides himself so wondrously,
As though there were no God;
He is least seen when all the powers
Of ill are most abroad.
O there is less to try our faith,
In our mysterious creed,
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If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry,
O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you.
Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God"?
And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
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