New American Standard Bible
"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty.
King James Bible
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
Darby Bible Translation
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry; they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty:
World English Bible
"By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out. They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.
Young's Literal Translation
Because of the multitude of oppressions They cause to cry out, They cry because of the arm of the mighty.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry - It is not quite easy to see the connection which this verse has with what goes before, or its bearing on the argument of Elihu. It seems however, to refer to the "oppressed in general," and to the fact, to which Job had himself adverted Job 24:12, that people are borne down by oppression and that God does not interpose to save them. They are suffered to remain in that state of oppression - trodden down by people, crushed by the armor of a despot, and overwhelmed with poverty, sorrow, and want, and God does not interpose to rescue them. He looks on and sees all this evil, and does not come forth to deliver those who thus suffer. This is a common case, according to the view of Job; this was his own case, and he could not explain it, and in view of it he had indulged in language which Elihu regarded as a severe reflection on the government of the Almighty. He undertakes, therefore, to "explain the reason" why people are permitted thus to suffer, and why they are not relieved.
In the verse before us, he states "the fact," that multitudes "do" thus suffer under the arm of oppression - for that fact could not be denied; in the following verses, he states "the reason" why it is so, and that reason is, that they do not apply in any proper manner to God, who could "give songs in the night," or joy in the midst of calamities, and who could make them acquainted with the nature of his government as intelligent beings, so that they would be able to understand it and acquiesce in it. The phrase "the multitude of oppressions" refers to the numerous and repeated calamities which tyrants bring upon the poor, the down-trodden, and the slave. The phrases "to cry" and "they cry out," refer to the lamentations and sighs of those under the arm of the oppressor. Elihu did not dispute the truth of "the fact" as it was alleged by Job. That fact could not then be doubted any more than it can now, that there were many who were bowed down under burdens imposed by hard-hearted masters, and groaning under the government of tyrants, and that all this was seen and permitted by a holy God. This fact troubled Job - for he was one of this general class of sufferers; and this fact Elihu proposes to account for. Whether his solution is satisfactory, however, may still admit of a doubt.
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"They have Corrupted Themselves; their Spot is not the Spot of his Children; they are a Perverse and Crooked Generation. "
Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God.
"If you afflict him at all, and if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry;
"You shall give him his wages on his day before the sun sets, for he is poor and sets his heart on it; so that he will not cry against you to the LORD and it become sin in you.
"He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones.
"For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor; He has seized a house which he has not built.
So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, And that He might hear the cry of the afflicted--
"Your wickedness is for a man like yourself, And your righteousness is for a son of man.
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