English Standard Version
Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low.
King James Bible
O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.
American Standard Version
Remember not against us the iniquities of our forefathers: Let thy tender mercies speedily meet us; For we are brought very low.
Remember not our former iniquities: let thy mercies speedily prevent us, for we are become exceeding poor.
English Revised Version
Remember not against us the iniquities of our forefathers: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.
Webster's Bible Translation
O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily succor us: for we are brought very low.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The Psalm begins with a plaintive description, and in fact one that makes complaint to God. Its opening sounds like Lamentations 1:10. The defiling does not exclude the reducing to ashes, it is rather spontaneously suggested in Psalm 74:7 in company with wilful incendiarism. The complaint in Psalm 79:1 reminds one of the prophecy of Micah, Micah 3:12, which in its time excited so much vexation (Jeremiah 26:18); and Psalm 79:2, Deuteronomy 28:26. עבדיך confers upon those who were massacred the honour of martyrdom. The lxx renders לעיים by εἰς ὀπωροφυλάκιον, a flourish taken from Isaiah 1:8. Concerning the quotation from memory in 1 Macc. 7:16f., vid., the introduction to Psalm 74. The translator of the originally Hebrew First Book of the Maccabees even in other instances betrays an acquaintance with the Greek Psalter (cf. 1 Macc. 1:37, καὶ ἐξέχεαν αἷμα ἀθῷον κύκλῳ τοῦ ἁγιάσματος). "As water," i.e., (cf. Deuteronomy 15:23) without setting any value upon it and without any scruple about it. Psalm 44:14 is repeated in Psalm 79:4. At the time of the Chaldaean catastrophe this applied more particularly to the Edomites.
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former iniquities. or, the iniquities of them that were before us.
The sojourner who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower.
For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low! Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me!
For he has humbled the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.
Be not so terribly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.
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