New American Standard Bible
"He delivers the afflicted in their affliction, And opens their ear in time of oppression.
King James Bible
He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.
Darby Bible Translation
But he delivereth the afflicted in his affliction, and openeth their ear in their oppression.
World English Bible
He delivers the afflicted by their affliction, and opens their ear in oppression.
Young's Literal Translation
He draweth out the afflicted in his affliction, And uncovereth in oppression their ear.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He delivereth the poor in his affliction - Margin, "or afflicted." This accords better with the usual meaning of the Hebrew word (עני ‛ânı̂y) and with the connection. The inquiry was not particularly respecting the "poor," but the "afflicted," and the sentiment which Elihu is illustrating is, that when the afflicted call upon God he will deliver them. The object is to induce Job to make such an application to God that he might be rescued from his calamities, and be permitted yet to enjoy life and happiness.
And openeth their ears - Causes them to understand the nature of his government, and the reasons why he visits them in this manner: compare Job 33:16, Job 33:23-27. The sentiment here is a mere repetition of what Elihu had more than once before advanced. It is his leading thought; the "principle" on which he undertakes to explain the reason why God afflicts people, and by which he proposes to remove the difference between Job and his friends.
In oppression - This word expresses too much. It refers to God, and implies that there was something oppressive, harsh, or cruel in his dealings. This is not the idea of Elihu in the language which he uses. The word which he uses here (לחץ lachats) means "that which crushes"; then straits, distress. affliction. Jerome, "in tribulatione." The word "affliction" would express the thought.
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"But He saves from the sword of their mouth, And the poor from the hand of the mighty.
"Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
"Are the consolations of God too small for you, Even the word spoken gently with you?
Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction,
"And if they are bound in fetters, And are caught in the cords of affliction,
"He opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they return from evil.
"Be careful, do not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to affliction.
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