Psalm 10:17
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English Standard Version
O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear

King James Bible
LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

American Standard Version
Jehovah, thou hast heard the desire of the meek: Thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord hath heard the desire of the poor: thy ear hath heard the preparation of their heart.

English Revised Version
LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the meek: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

Webster's Bible Translation
LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thy ear to hear:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The comparison to the lion is still in force here and the description recurs to its commencement in the second strophe, by tracing back the persecution of the ungodly to its final cause. Instead of the Chethb ודכה (ודכה perf. consec.), the Kerמ reads ידכּה more in accordance with the Hebrew use of the tenses. Job 38:40 is the rule for the interpretation. The two futures depict the settled and familiar lying in wait of the plunderer. True, the Kal דּכה in the signification "to crouch down" finds no support elsewhere; but the Arab. dakka to make even (cf. Arab. rṣd, firmiter inhaesit loco, of the crouching down of beasts of prey, of hunters, and of foes) and the Arab. dagga, compared by Hitzig, to move stealthily along, to creep, and dugjeh a hunter's hiding-place exhibit synonymous significations. The ταπεινώσει αὐτὸν of the lxx is not far out of the way. And one can still discern in it the assumption that the text is to be read ישׁח ודכה: and crushed he sinks (Aquila: ὁ δὲ λασθεὶς καμφθήσεται); but even דּכה is not found elsewhere, and if the poet meant that, why could he not have written דּכה? (cf. moreover Judges 5:27). If דּכה is taken in the sense of a position in which one is the least likely to be seen, then the first two verbs refer to the sculker, but the third according to the usual schema (as e.g., Psalm 124:5) is the predicate to חלכּאים (חלכּאים) going before it. Crouching down as low as possible he lies on the watch, and the feeble and defenceless fall into his strong ones, עצוּמיו, i.e., claws. Thus the ungodly slays the righteous, thinking within himself: God has forgotten, He has hidden His face, i.e., He does not concern Himself about these poor creatures and does not wish to know anything about them (the denial of the truth expressed in Psalm 9:13, Psalm 9:19); He has in fact never been one who sees, and never will be. These two thoughts are blended; עב with the perf. as in Job 21:3, and the addition of לנצח (cf. Psalm 94:7) denies the possibility of God seeing now any more than formerly, as being an absolute absurdity. The thought of a personal God would disturb the ungodly in his doings, he therefore prefers to deny His existence, and thinks: there is only fate and fate is blind, only an absolute and it has no eyes, only a notion and that cannot interfere in the affairs of men.

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Psalm 9:12,18 When he makes inquisition for blood, he remembers them: he forgets not the cry of the humble...

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

Proverbs 10:24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come on him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.


2 Chronicles 33:12,13 And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers...

2 Chronicles 34:27 Because your heart was tender, and you did humble yourself before God, when you heard his words against this place...

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 18:13,14 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote on his breast, saying...

James 4:6,10 But he gives more grace. Why he said, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble...

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility...

thou wilt prepare. or, establish

Psalm 112:7,8 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD...

1 Chronicles 29:18 O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers...

2 Chronicles 29:36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.

2 Chronicles 30:12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the LORD.

Proverbs 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought...

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

James 1:16,17 Do not err, my beloved brothers...


Psalm 102:17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

Acts 4:24-31 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, you are God, which have made heaven...

Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church to God for him.

1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers...

Cross References
Exodus 22:23
If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry,

1 Kings 9:3
And the LORD said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you have made before me. I have consecrated this house that you have built, by putting my name there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.

1 Chronicles 29:18
O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you.

Psalm 9:18
For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.

Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.

Psalm 38:9
O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.

Psalm 145:19
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.

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