New American Standard Bible
Arise, O God, and plead Your own cause; Remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long.
King James Bible
Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.
Darby Bible Translation
Rise up, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee all the day;
World English Bible
Arise, God! Plead your own cause. Remember how the foolish man mocks you all day.
Young's Literal Translation
Arise, O God, plead Thy plea, Remember Thy reproach from a fool all the day.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Arise, O God - As if God were now insensible to the wrongs and sufferings of his people; as if he were inattentive and indisposed to come to their help. See the notes at Psalm 3:7.
Plead thine own cause - literally, "Contend thine own contention." That is, Maintain a cause which is really thine own. Thine own honor is concerned; thine own law and authority are assailed; the war is really made on "thee." This is always the true idea in the prayers which are offered for the conversion of sinners, for the establishment of truth, and for the spread of the Gospel in the world. It is not originally the cause of the church; it is the cause of God. Everything in regard to truth, to justice, to humanity, to temperance, to liberty, to religion, is the cause of God. All the assaults made on these, are assaults made on God.
Remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily - Constantly. He does not cease. The word "foolish" refers to the wicked. The idea is, that the wicked constantly reproach God - either by their language or their conduct; and this is a reason for calling on him to interpose. No better reason for asking his interposition can be given, than that such conduct is a real reproach to God, and reflects on his honor in the world.
LibraryHow those are to be Admonished who Abstain not from the Sins which they Bewail, and those Who, Abstaining from Them, Bewail them Not.
(Admonition 31.) Differently to be admonished are those who lament their transgressions, and yet forsake them not, and those who forsake them, and yet lament them not. For those who lament their transgressions and yet forsake them not are to be admonished to learn to consider anxiously that they cleanse themselves in vain by their weeping, if they wickedly defile themselves in their living, seeing that the end for which they wash themselves in tears is that, when clean, they may return to filth. …
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For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.
Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation; O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!
For the choir director; according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God," They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good.
Remember this, O LORD, that the enemy has reviled, And a foolish people has spurned Your name.
When God arose to judgment, To save all the humble of the earth. Selah.
Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Your servants; How I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples,
The LORD arises to contend, And stands to judge the people.
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