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Psalms 68:5

Context

68:5 He is a father to the fatherless

and an advocate for widows. 1 

God rules from his holy palace. 2 

Psalms 82:3

Context

82:3 Defend the cause of the poor and the fatherless! 3 

Vindicate the oppressed and suffering!

Psalms 94:6

Context

94:6 They kill the widow and the one residing outside his native land,

and they murder the fatherless. 4 

Psalms 146:9

Context

146:9 The Lord protects those residing outside their native land;

he lifts up the fatherless and the widow, 5 

but he opposes the wicked. 6 

1 sn God is depicted here as a just ruler. In the ancient Near Eastern world a king was responsible for promoting justice, including caring for the weak and vulnerable, epitomized by the fatherless and widows.

2 tn Heb “God [is] in his holy dwelling place.” He occupies his throne and carries out his royal responsibilities.

3 tn The Hebrew noun יָתוֹם (yatom) refers to one who has lost his father (not necessarily his mother, see Ps 109:9). Because they were so vulnerable and were frequently exploited, fatherless children are often mentioned as epitomizing the oppressed (see Pss 10:14; 68:5; 94:6; 146:9; as well as Job 6:27; 22:9; 24:3, 9; 29:12; 31:17, 21).

4 tn The Hebrew noun יָתוֹם (yatom) refers to one who has lost his father (not necessarily his mother, see Ps 109:9). Because they were so vulnerable and were frequently exploited, fatherless children are often mentioned as epitomizing the oppressed (see Pss 10:14; 68:5; 82:3; 146:9; as well as Job 6:27; 22:9; 24:3, 9; 29:12; 31:17, 21).

5 sn God is depicted here as a just ruler. In the ancient Near Eastern world a king was responsible for promoting justice, including caring for the weak and vulnerable, epitomized by resident aliens, the fatherless, and widows.

6 tn Heb “he makes the way of the wicked twisted.” The “way of the wicked” probably refers to their course of life (see Prov 4:19; Jer 12:1). God makes their path tortuous in the sense that he makes them pay the harmful consequences of their actions.



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