New American Standard Bible
To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.
King James Bible
To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.
Darby Bible Translation
To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed one, that the man of the earth may terrify no more.
World English Bible
to judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that man who is of the earth may terrify no more. For the Chief Musician. By David.
Young's Literal Translation
To judge the fatherless and bruised: He addeth no more to oppress -- man of the earth!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
To judge the fatherless - That is, to vindicate the orphan; to rescue him from the hand of those who would oppress and wrong him. In other words, the psalmist prays that God would manifest himself in his real and proper character as the vindicator of the fatherless (see the note at Psalm 10:14), or of those who are represented by the fatherless - the feeble and the helpless.
And the oppressed - Those who are downtrodden, crushed, and wronged. See the note at Psalm 9:9.
That the man of the earth - literally, "the man from the earth;" that is, that man springing from the earth, or created of the dust Genesis 2:7 - man frail, short-lived, feeble - should no more set up an unjust authority, trample on the rights of his fellow-worms, or suppose that he is superior to his fellow-creatures.
May no more oppress - Margin, "terrify." The original word means properly to terrify, to make afraid; that is, in this place, to terrify by his harsh and oppressive conduct. It is to be observed here that the original word - ערץ ‛ârats - has a very close resemblance in sound to the word rendered earth - ארץ 'erets - and that this is commonly supposed to be an instance of the figure of speech called paronomasia, when the words have the same sound, but are of different significations. It is not certain, however, that there is in this case any designed resemblance, but it is rather to be supposed that it was accidental. In regard to the prayer in this verse, it may be proper to observe that there is always occasion to utter it, and will be until the Gospel shall pervade the hearts of all men. One of the most common forms of wickedness in our world is oppression - the oppression of the fatherless, of the poor, of the dependent - the oppression of the subjects of government, and the oppression of the slave. One of the most affecting things in regard to this is, that it is done by a man made "from the earth," - a child of dust - a creature composed of clay - of no better mould than others, and soon to return "to" the dust from which he was taken. Yet frail and weak man strives to feel that he is better than those clothed with a skin not colored like his own, or those born in a more bumble condition of life; and, in defiance of all the laws of God, and all the rights of his fellow-men, he crushes and grinds them to the earth. For such sins God will interpose, and he will yet show himself to be the helper of the fatherless and the oppressed. May He hasten the day when oppression and wrong shall cease in the world!
I, Jerome,  son of Eusebius, of the city of Strido, which is on the border of Dalmatia and Pannonia and was overthrown by the Goths, up to the present year, that is, the fourteenth of the Emperor Theodosius, have written the following: Life of Paul the monk, one book of Letters to different persons, an Exhortation to Heliodorus, Controversy of Luciferianus and Orthodoxus, Chronicle of universal history, 28 homilies of Origen on Jeremiah and Ezekiel, which I translated from Greek into Latin, …
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These Things, My Brother Aurelius, Most Dear unto Me...
The Desire of the Righteous Granted;
The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble;
"Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set him in the safety for which he longs."
Let not the oppressed return dishonored; Let the afflicted and needy praise Your name.
Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
For the ruthless will come to an end and the scorner will be finished, Indeed all who are intent on doing evil will be cut off;
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