The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
A. M. cir. 3463. B.C. cir. 541. (Title.) A psalm. This Psalm is supposed by some to have been composed by David at the beginning of Saul's persecutions; but Calmet and others, on good grounds, are of opinion that it was written during the Babylonian captivity
Or, rather, "The speech of transgression to the wicked is within his heart: there is no fear of God before his eyes;" for instead of libbi, "my heart," four MSS., have libbo, "his heart," which is also the reading of the LXX., Vulgate, Syriac, Arabic, Ethiopic, and Anglo-Saxon.
For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
Heb. to find his iniquity to hate.
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.
He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
or, vanity. setteth.
Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
Heb. mountains of God.
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
Heb. watered. Yirweyun, "they shall be saturated," as a thirsty field by showers from heaven.
Or, adanacha, "thy pleasure," as four MSS., read; in which there is probably a reference to the garden of Eden, and the river that ran through, and watered it.
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
Heb. draw out at length.
Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.
There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.