New International Version
I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the stranger.
King James Bible
I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
Darby Bible Translation
I was a father to the needy, and the cause which I knew not I searched out;
World English Bible
I was a father to the needy. The cause of him who I didn't know, I searched out.
Young's Literal Translation
A father I am to the needy, And the cause I have not known I search out.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The cause which I knew not I searched out - When any thing difficult occurred, I did not give it a slight consideration; I examined it to the bottom, whatever pain, time, and trouble it cost me, that I might not pronounce a hasty judgment.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryComfort for the Desponding
At once to the subject. A complaint; its cause and cure; and then close up with an exhortation to stir up your pure minds, if you are in such a position. I. First, there is a COMPLAINT. How many a Christian looks on the past with pleasure, on the future with dread, and on the present with sorrow! There are many who look back upon the days that they have passed in the fear of the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever had, but as to the present, it is clad in a sable garb of gloom …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855
The Case of the Christian under the Hiding of God's Face.
No Sorrow Like Messiah's Sorrow
Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands.
They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah.
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