Psalm 9:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 9:12, NIV: For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.

Psalm 9:12, ESV: For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

Psalm 9:12, KJV: When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

Psalm 9:12, NASB: For He who requires blood remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the needy.

Psalm 9:12, NLT: For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.

Psalm 9:12, CSB: For the one who seeks an accounting for bloodshed remembers them; he does not forget the cry of the oppressed.

What does Psalm 9:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Revenge is not something those who believe in God should pursue: The Lord "settles the score" on behalf of His oppressed people (Romans 12:19). His is aware of their struggles (Psalm 9:9–10). The ultimate source of retribution for evil is not human revenge, it is God's judgment (Deuteronomy 32:35; Hebrews 10:30).

Evidence that God does not forget the suffering of His people is given in the story of the exodus from Egypt. When the Lord appointed Moses to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt, He said, "I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians" (Exodus 3:7–8). Instead of fretting about an oppressive situation, believers should heed Paul's exhortation to make their requests known to God with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, and receive the "peace of God, which surpasses all understanding" (Philippians 4:7– 8).