New American Standard Bible
Do return, O LORD; how long will it be? And be sorry for Your servants.
King James Bible
Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
Darby Bible Translation
Return, Jehovah: how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
World English Bible
Relent, Yahweh! How long? Have compassion on your servants!
Young's Literal Translation
Turn back, O Jehovah, till when? And repent concerning Thy servants.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Return, O Lord - Come back to thy people; show mercy by sparing them. It would seem probable from this that the psalm was composed in a time of pestilence, or raging sickness, which threatened to sweep all the people away - a supposition by no means improbable, as such times occurred in the days of Moses, and in the rebellions of the people when he was leading them to the promised land.
How long? - How long shall this continue? How long shall thy wrath rage? How long shall the people still fall under thy hand? This question is often asked in the Psalms. Psa 4:2; Psalm 6:3; Psalm 13:1-2; Psalm 35:17; Psalm 79:5, et al.
And let it repent thee - That is, Withdraw thy judgments, and be merciful, as if thou didst repent. God cannot literally "repent," in the sense that he is sorry for what he has done, but he may act "as if" he repented; that is, he may withdraw his judgments; he may arrest what has been begun; he may show mercy where it seemed that he would only show wrath.
Concerning thy servants - In respect to thy people. Deal with them in mercy and not in wrath.
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This first verse will derive peculiar interest if you remember the place where Moses was when he thus prayed. He was in the wilderness; not in some of the halls of Pharaoh, nor yet in a habitation in the land of Goshen; but in a wilderness. And perhaps from the summit of the hill, looking upon the tribes of Israel as they were taking up their tents and marching along, he thought, "Ah! poor travelers. They seldom rest anywhere; they have not any settled habitation where they can dwell. Here they have …
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"Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, 'With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth '? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people.
"For the LORD will vindicate His people, And will have compassion on His servants, When He sees that their strength is gone, And there is none remaining, bond or free.
And my soul is greatly dismayed; But You, O LORD-- how long?
Return, O LORD, rescue my soul; Save me because of Your lovingkindness.
How long, O God, will the adversary revile, And the enemy spurn Your name forever?
O God of hosts, turn again now, we beseech You; Look down from heaven and see, and take care of this vine,
And He remembered His covenant for their sake, And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.
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