Psalm 79:8
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New American Standard Bible
Do not remember the iniquities of our forefathers against us; Let Your compassion come quickly to meet us, For we are brought very low.

King James Bible
O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.

Darby Bible Translation
Remember not against us the iniquities of our forefathers; let thy tender mercies speedily come to meet us: for we are brought very low.

World English Bible
Don't hold the iniquities of our forefathers against us. Let your tender mercies speedily meet us, for we are in desperate need.

Young's Literal Translation
Remember not for us the iniquities of forefathers, Haste, let Thy mercies go before us, For we have been very weak.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

O remember not against us forrmer iniquities - Margin, The iniquities of them that were before us. The Hebrew may mean either former times, or former generations. The allusion, however, is substantially the same. It is not their own iniquities which are particularly referred to, but the iniquity of the nation as committed in former times; and the prayer is, that God would not visit them with the results of the sins of former generations, though their own ancestors. The language is derived from the idea so constantly affirmed in the Scripture, and so often illustrated in fact, that the effects of sin pass over from one generation to the next, and involve it in calamity. See Exodus 20:5; Exodus 34:7; Leviticus 20:5; Leviticus 26:39-40; Numbers 14:18, Numbers 14:33; compare the notes at Romans 5:12, et seg.

Let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us - literally, "Hasten; let thy tender mercies anticipate us." The word prevent here, as elsewhere in the Scriptures, does not mean to hinder, as with us, but to go before; to anticipate. See Job 3:12, note; Psalm 17:13, note; Psalm 21:3, note; Isaiah 21:14, note; Matthew 17:25, note; 1 Thessalonians 4:15, note. The prayer here is, that God, in his tender mercy or compassion, would anticipate their ruin; would interpose before matters had gone so far as to make their destruction inevitable.

For we are brought very low - The idea in the original word is that of being pendulous, or hanging down - as vines do, or as anything does that is wilted, or withered, or as the hands do when one is weak, faint, or sick. Then it refers to a failure or exhaustion of strength; and the idea here is that their strength as a nation was exhausted.

Psalm 79:8 Parallel Commentaries

Period ii. The Church from the Permanent Division of the Empire Until the Collapse of the Western Empire and the First Schism Between the East and the West, or Until About A. D. 500
In the second period of the history of the Church under the Christian Empire, the Church, although existing in two divisions of the Empire and experiencing very different political fortunes, may still be regarded as forming a whole. The theological controversies distracting the Church, although different in the two halves of the Graeco-Roman world, were felt to some extent in both divisions of the Empire and not merely in the one in which they were principally fought out; and in the condemnation
Joseph Cullen Ayer Jr., Ph.D.—A Source Book for Ancient Church History

The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:43
"The alien who is among you shall rise above you higher and higher, but you will go down lower and lower.

Psalm 21:3
For You meet him with the blessings of good things; You set a crown of fine gold on his head.

Psalm 106:6
We have sinned like our fathers, We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly.

Psalm 116:6
The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

Psalm 142:6
"Give heed to my cry, For I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are too strong for me.

Isaiah 26:5
"For He has brought low those who dwell on high, the unassailable city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust.

Isaiah 64:9
Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD, Nor remember iniquity forever; Behold, look now, all of us are Your people.

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