New American Standard Bible
Why should the nations say, "Where, now, is their God?"
King James Bible
Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?
Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore should the nations say, Where then is their God?
World English Bible
Why should the nations say, "Where is their God, now?"
Young's Literal Translation
Why do the nations say, 'Where, pray, is their God.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Wherefore should the heathen say - The nations; they who worshipped idols, and who claimed that those idols were true gods. Why should we, thy people, be so left, so forsaken, so afflicted, as to lead these idolaters to suppose that we worship a false God, or that the God whom we adore is destitute of power or faithfulness; either that he does not exist, or that he cannot be relied on. It is evident that they were now in circumstances which would give some plausibility to the question here asked.
Where is now their God? - They seem to be forsaken. God, the God whom they worship, does not come forth for their defense. If he exists at all, he is destitute of power, or he is not true to the people who worship him, and he cannot be trusted. Compare Psalm 42:3, note; Psalm 42:10, note; Psalm 79:10, note.
FAITH. FAITH! Peter saith, faith, in the very trial of it, is much more precious than gold that perisheth. If so, what is the worth or value that is in the grace itself? Faith is so great an artist in arguing and reasoning with the soul, that it will bring over the hardest heart that it hath to deal with. It will bring to my remembrance at once, both my vileness against God, and his goodness towards me; it will show me, that though I deserve not to breathe in the air, yet God will have me an heir …
John Bunyan—The Riches of Bunyan
Messiah Derided Upon the Cross
My tears have been my food day and night, While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me, While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let there be known among the nations in our sight, Vengeance for the blood of Your servants which has been shed.
Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoples say, 'Where is their God?'"
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