New American Standard Bible
To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death,
King James Bible
To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
Darby Bible Translation
To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to loose those that are appointed to die;
World English Bible
to hear the groans of the prisoner; to free those who are condemned to death;
Young's Literal Translation
To hear the groan of the prisoner, To loose sons of death,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
To hear the groaning of the prisoner - Meaning here, probably, the captives in Babylon; those who were held as prisoners there, and who were subjected to such hardships in their long captivity. See the notes at Psalm 79:11.
To loose those that are appointed to death - Margin, as in Hebrew, "the children of death." Compare the notes at Matthew 1:1. This may mean either those who were sentenced to death; those who were sick and ready to die; or those who, in their captivity, were in such a state of privation and suffering that death appeared inevitable. The word rendered "loose" means, properly, to "open," applied to the mouth, for eating, Ezekiel 3:2; or in song, Psalm 78:2; or for speaking, Job 3:1; - or the ear, Isaiah 50:5; or the hand, Deuteronomy 15:8; or the gates of a city, a door, etc., Deuteronomy 20:11. Them it means to set free, as by opening the doors of a prison, Isaiah 14:17; Job 12:14. Here it means to "set free," to deliver. Compare Isaiah 61:1.
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God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You; According to the greatness of Your power preserve those who are doomed to die.
There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in misery and chains,
Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free.
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