New American Standard Bible
For He who requires blood remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
King James Bible
When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.
Darby Bible Translation
For when he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them; the cry of the afflicted ones hath he not forgotten.
World English Bible
For he who avenges blood remembers them. He doesn't forget the cry of the afflicted.
Young's Literal Translation
For He who is seeking for blood Them hath remembered, He hath not forgotten the cry of the afflicted.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
When he maketh inquisition for blood - When he "inquires" after blood; that is, when he comes forth with this view, to wit, for purposes of punishment. There is allusion here to such passages as that in Genesis 9:5, "And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man." The idea is, that when blood was shed in murder, God would seek out the murderer; he would require satisfaction of him who had shed the blood; he would punish the offender. The language, there, becomes equivalent to that of seeking punishment for murder, and then for sin in general; and the representation here is that of God as going forth in the capacity of an executioner of his own laws to inflict punishment on the guilty.
He remembereth them - "He remembereth," says Prof. Alexander, "the bloods or murders," since the word blood, as in Psalm 5:6, is in the plural - bloods. The better interpretation, however, is, that the word "them" here refers to the oppressed and the afflicted - for that is the main idea in the passage. See Psalm 9:8-9. When he goes forth in the earth to execute judgment on the wicked; when he cuts them down in his wrath; when he sweeps them away as with a flood - the punishment will not be indiscriminate. He will then mark the oppressed, the afflicted, the persecuted, the troubled, and the sad, and will interpose to save them - delivering them from the storms of wrath. The idea, then, is, that the righteous will not be forgotten; that even in the most fierce and awful of his dispensations he will still regard them, and interpose to save them.
He forgetteth not the cry of the humble - Margin, afflicted. The margin expresses the true idea. The reference is not to the humble in the common sense of that term, but to the afflicted; the oppressed; to those who are in trouble, Psalm 9:9. He will then remember the cry which in their afflictions they have been long sending up to him.
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26. Cry we therefore with the spirit of charity, and until we come to the inheritance in which we are alway to remain, let us be, through love which becometh the free-born, not through fear which becometh bondmen, patient of suffering. Cry we, so long as we are poor, until we be with that inheritance made rich. Seeing how great earnest thereof we have received, in that Christ to make us rich made Himself poor; Who being exalted unto the riches which are above, there was sent One Who should breathe …
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"Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man's brother I will require the life of man.
Reuben answered them, saying, "Did I not tell you, 'Do not sin against the boy'; and you would not listen? Now comes the reckoning for his blood."
2 Samuel 4:11
"How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous man in his own house on his bed, shall I not now require his blood from your hand and destroy you from the earth?"
For the needy will not always be forgotten, Nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever.
Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Your hand. Do not forget the afflicted.
He will rescue their life from oppression and violence, And their blood will be precious in his sight;
Who remembered us in our low estate, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
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