English Standard Version
With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless;
King James Bible
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;
American Standard Version
With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful; With the perfect man thou wilt show thyself perfect;
With the holy, thou wilt be holy; and with the innocent man thou wilt be innocent.
English Revised Version
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with the perfect man thou wilt shew thyself perfect;
Webster's Bible Translation
With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt show thyself upright;
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
(Heb.: 18:17-20) Then Jahve stretches out His hand from above into the deep chasm and draws up the sinking one. The verb שׁלח occurs also in prose (2 Samuel 6:6) without יד (Psalm 57:4, cf. on the other hand the borrowed passage, Psalm 144:7) in the signification to reach (after anything). The verb משׁה, however, is only found in one other instance, viz., Exodus 2:10, as the root (transferred from the Egyptian into the Hebrew) of the name of Moses, and even Luther saw in it an historical allusion, "He hath made a Moses of me," He hath drawn me out of great (many) waters, which had well nigh swallowed me up, as He did Moses out of the waters of the Nile, in which he would have perished. This figurative language is followed, in Psalm 18:18, by its interpretation, just as in Psalm 144:7 the "great waters" are explained by מיּד בּני נכר, which, however, is not suitable here, or at least is too limited.
With Psalm 18:17 the hymn has reached the climax of epic description, from which it now descends in a tone that becomes more and more lyrical. In the combination איבי עז, עז is not an adverbial accusative, but an adjective, like רוּחך טובה Psalm 143:10, and ὁ ἀνὴρ ἀγαθός (Hebrerbrief S. 353). כּי introduces the reason for the interposition of the divine omnipotence, viz., the superior strength of the foe and the weakness of the oppressed one. On the day of his איד, i.e., (vid., on Psalm 31:12) his load or calamity, when he was altogether a homeless and almost defenceless fugitive, they came upon him (קדּם Psalm 17:13), cutting off all possible means of delivering himself, but Jahve became the fugitive's staff (Psalm 23:4) upon which he leaned and kept himself erect. By the hand of God, out of straits and difficulties he reached a broad place, out of the dungeon of oppression to freedom, for Jahve had delighted in him, he was His chosen and beloved one. חפץ has the accent on the penult here, and Metheg as a sign of the lengthening (העמדה) beside the ē, that it may not be read ĕ.
The following strophe tells the reason of his pleasing God and of His not allowing him to perish. This כּי חפץ בּי (for He delighted in me) now becomes the primary thought of the song.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
1 Kings 8:32
then hear in heaven and act and judge your servants, condemning the guilty by bringing his conduct on his own head, and vindicating the righteous by rewarding him according to his righteousness.
This God--his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.
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