For the [music] director. Of David, the servant of Yahweh.

Human Wickedness and God’s Love

1 An oracle: the wicked has rebellion in the midst of his heart. There is no fear of God before his eyes.
References for Psalms 36:1
    • a 36:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
    • b 36:1 - Reading with a few Hebrew manuscripts and some versions; MT reads "my"
      2 For he flatters himself in his eyes, hating to detect his iniquity.
      References for Psalms 36:2
        • c 36:2 - Or "when finding his iniquity and when hating"
          3 The words of his mouth [are] wickedness and deceit. He has ceased to have insight [and] to do good.
          4 He plans sin on his bed. He puts himself on a way [that is] not good. He does not reject evil.
          5 O Yahweh, your loyal love [extends] into [the] heavens, your faithfulness unto [the] clouds.
          6 Your righteousness [is] {like the mighty mountains}, your judgments [like the] great deep. You save man and beast, O Yahweh.
          References for Psalms 36:6
            • d 36:6 - Literally "like the mountains of God"
              7 How precious [is] your loyal love, O God, and the children of humankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
              8 They are refreshed with the {fullness} of your house, and you give them drink [from] the river of your delights.
              References for Psalms 36:8
                • e 36:8 - Literally "fatness"
                • f 36:8 - Or "temple"
                  9 For with you is [the] fountain of life; in your light we see light.
                  10 Prolong your loyal love to those who know you, and your righteousness to [the] upright of heart.
                  11 Do not let a foot of pride come against me, nor let a wicked hand make me to wander homeless.
                  12 There doers of evil have fallen; they are thrust down and not able to rise.