Psalm 109:16
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New International Version
For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.

King James Bible
Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

Darby Bible Translation
Because he remembered not to shew kindness, but persecuted the afflicted and needy man, and the broken in heart, to slay him.

World English Bible
because he didn't remember to show kindness, but persecuted the poor and needy man, the broken in heart, to kill them.

Young's Literal Translation
Because that he hath not remembered to do kindness, And pursueth the poor man and needy, And the smitten of heart -- to slay,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Persecuted the poor and needy man - In the case of Jesus Christ all the dictates of justice and mercy were destroyed, and they persecuted this poor man unto death. They acted from a diabolical malice. On common principles, their opposition to Christ cannot be accounted for.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he remembered

2 Samuel 17:1,2 Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night...

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 18:33-35 Should not you also have had compassion on your fellow servant, even as I had pity on you...

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.


Psalm 10:2,14 The wicked in his pride does persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined...

Genesis 42:21 And they said one to another, We are truly guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he sought us...

Job 19:2,3,21,22 How long will you vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words...

Matthew 27:35-46 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet...


Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 69:20-29 Reproach has broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters...

2 Samuel 16:11,12 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeks my life...

Mark 14:34-36 And said to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful to death: tarry you here, and watch...

Psalm. Cix. 21. ; Micah, vi. 9
Psalm. cix. 21.; Micah, vi. 9. Sweet is Thy mercy, O my God! When humbled at Thy feet, I learn the lessons of Thy rod, Thy mercy, Lord, is sweet. For Thou dost not in wrath chastise, But when I go astray, "Return," a voice behind me cries, "Walk here;--this is the way." Impatient of Thine easy yoke, If heedless yet I roam, Some sharp affliction, with a stroke Of kindness, warns me home. That godly sorrow then I feel, Which nothing can control, Until the hand that wounded, heal, That bruised me,
James Montgomery—Sacred Poems and Hymns

But I give myself unto prayer.' Psa 109: 4. I shall not here expatiate upon prayer, as it will be considered more fully in the Lord's prayer. It is one thing to pray, and another thing to be given to prayer: he who prays frequently, is said to be given to prayer; as he who often distributes alms, is said to be given to charity. Prayer is a glorious ordinance, it is the soul's trading with heaven. God comes down to us by his Spirit, and we go up to him by prayer. What is prayer? It is an offering
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments

The Destruction of Jerusalem
"If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation." Luke 19:42-44. From the crest of Olivet,
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

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
Psalm 34:18
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 35:10
My whole being will exclaim, "Who is like you, LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them."

Psalm 37:14
The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright.

Psalm 37:32
The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, intent on putting them to death;

Psalm 94:6
They slay the widow and the foreigner; they murder the fatherless.

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