Compare Translations for Psalm 17:3

Psalm 17:3 ASV
Thou hast proved my heart; Thou hast visited me in the night; Thou hast tried me, and findest nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
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Psalm 17:3 BBE
You have put my heart to the test, searching me in the night; you have put me to the test and seen no evil purpose in me; I will keep my mouth from sin.
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Psalm 17:3 CEB
You have examined my heart, testing me at night. You've looked me over closely, but haven't found anything wrong. My mouth doesn't sin.
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Psalm 17:3 CJB
You probed my heart, you visited me at night, and you assayed me without finding evil thoughts that should not pass my lips.
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Psalm 17:3 RHE
(16-3) Thou hast proved my heart, and visited it by night, thou hast tried me by fire: and iniquity hath not been found in me.
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Psalm 17:3 ESV
You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
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Psalm 17:3 GW
You have probed my heart. You have confronted me at night. You have tested me like silver, but you found nothing wrong. I have determined that my mouth will not sin.
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Psalm 17:3 GNT
You know my heart. You have come to me at night; you have examined me completely and found no evil desire in me. I speak no evil,
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Psalm 17:3 HNV
You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; You have tried me, and found nothing; I have resolved that my mouth shall not disobey.
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Psalm 17:3 CSB
You have tested my heart; You have visited by night; You have tried me and found nothing [evil]; I have determined that my mouth will not sin.
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Psalm 17:3 KJV
Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress .
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Psalm 17:3 LEB
You have tried my heart; you have examined [me] by night; you have tested me; you found nothing. I have decided [that] my mouth will not transgress.
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Psalm 17:3 NAS
You have tried my heart ; You have visited me by night ; You have tested me and You find nothing ; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
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Psalm 17:3 NCV
You have examined my heart; you have tested me all night. You questioned me without finding anything wrong; I have not sinned with my mouth.
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Psalm 17:3 NIRV
Look deep down into my heart. Study me carefully at night. Put me to the test. You won't find anything wrong. I have made up my mind that my mouth won't say sinful things.
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Psalm 17:3 NIV
Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.
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Psalm 17:3 NKJV
You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
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Psalm 17:3 NLT
You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. You have scrutinized me and found nothing amiss, for I am determined not to sin in what I say.
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Psalm 17:3 NRS
If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.
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Psalm 17:3 RSV
If thou triest my heart, if thou visitest me by night, if thou testest me, thou wilt find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.
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Psalm 17:3 DBY
Thou hast proved my heart, thou hast visited me by night; thou hast tried me, thou hast found nothing: my thought goeth not beyond my word.
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Psalm 17:3 MSG
Go ahead, examine me from inside out, surprise me in the middle of the night - You'll find I'm just what I say I am. My words don't run loose.
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Psalm 17:3 WBT
Thou hast proved my heart; thou hast visited [me] in the night; thou hast tried me, [and] shalt find nothing; I have purposed [that] my mouth shall not transgress.
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Psalm 17:3 TMB
Thou hast tested mine heart; Thou hast visited me in the night; Thou hast tried me and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
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Psalm 17:3 TNIV
Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.
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Psalm 17:3 WEB
You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; You have tried me, and found nothing; I have resolved that my mouth shall not disobey.
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Psalm 17:3 WYC
Thou hast proved mine heart, and hast visited (me) in [the] night; thou hast examined, or assayed, me by fire, and wickedness is not found in me.
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Psalm 17:3 YLT
Thou hast proved my heart, Thou hast inspected by night, Thou hast tried me, Thou findest nothing; My thoughts pass not over my mouth.
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Psalms 17 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 17

David's integrity. (1-7) The character of his enemies. His hope of happiness. (8-15)

Verses 1-7 This psalm is a prayer. Feigned prayers are fruitless; but if our hearts lead our prayers, God will meet them with his favour. The psalmist had been used to pray, so that it was not his distress and danger that now first brought him to his duty. And he was encouraged by his faith to expect God would notice his prayers. Constant resolution and watchfulness against sins of the tongue, will be a good evidence of our integrity. Aware of man's propensity to wicked works, and of his own peculiar temptations, David had made God's word his preservative from the paths of Satan, which lead to destruction. If we carefully avoid the paths of sin, it will be very lead to destruction. If we carefully avoid the paths of sin, it will be very comfortable in the reflection, when we are in trouble. Those that are, through grace, going in God's paths, should pray that their goings may be held up in those paths. David prays, Lord, still hold me up. Those who would proceed and persevere in the ways of God, must, by faith prayer, get daily fresh supplies of grace and strength from him. Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, distinguishing favours, not common mercies, but be gracious to me; do as thou usest to do to those who love thy name.

Verses 8-15 Being compassed with enemies, David prays to God to keep him in safety. This prayer is a prediction that Christ would be preserved, through all the hardships and difficulties of his humiliation, to the glories and joys of his exalted state, and is a pattern to Christians to commit the keeping of their souls to God, trusting him to preserve them to his heavenly kingdom. Those are our worst enemies, that are enemies to our souls. They are God's sword, which cannot move without him, and which he will sheathe when he has done his work with it. They are his hand, by which he chastises his people. There is no fleeing from God's hand, but by fleeing to it. It is very comfortable, when we are in fear of the power of man, to see it dependent upon, and in subjection to the power of God. Most men look on the things of this world as the best things; and they look no further, nor show any care to provide for another life. The things of this world are called treasures, they are so accounted; but to the soul, and when compared with eternal blessings, they are trash. The most afflicted Christian need not envy the most prosperous men of the world, who have their portion in this life. Clothed with Christ's righteousness, having through his grace a good heart and a good life, may we by faith behold God's face, and set him always before us. When we awake every morning, may we be satisfied with his likeness set before us in his word, and with his likeness stamped upon us by his renewing grace. Happiness in the other world is prepared only for those that are justified and sanctified: they shall be put in possession of it when the soul awakes, at death, out of its slumber in the body, and when the body awakes, at the resurrection, out of its slumber in the grave. There is no satisfaction for a soul but in God, and in his good will towards us, and his good work in us; yet that satisfaction will not be perfect till we come to heaven.

Psalms 17 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 17

Psalms 17:1-15 . This Psalm is termed a prayer because the language of petition is predominant. With a just cause, sincerely presented, the writer prays for a just decision and help and protection. Pleading former mercies as a ground of hope, he urges his prayer in view of the malice, pride, rapacity, and selfishness of his foes, whose character is contrasted with his pious devotion and delight in God's favor.

2. sentence--acquitting judgment.
from thy presence--Thy tribunal.
things that are equal--just and right, do Thou regard.

3. proved . . . visited . . . tried--His character was most rigidly tested, at all times, and by all methods, affliction and others ( Psalms 7:10 ).
purposed that, &c.--or, my mouth does not exceed my purpose; I am sincere.

4. works of men--sinful practices.
by the word of thy lips--as a guide ( Psalms 119:9 Psalms 119:11 Psalms 119:95 ).
destroyer--violent man.

5. May be read as an assertion "my steps or goings have held on to Thy paths."

6. wilt hear me--that is, graciously ( Psalms 3:4 ).

7. Show--set apart as special and eminent ( Exodus 8:18 , Psalms 4:3 ).
thy right hand--for Thy power.

8. Similar figures, denoting the preciousness of God's people in His sight, in Deuteronomy 32:10 Deuteronomy 32:11 , Matthew 23:37 .

9. compass me--(compare Psalms 118:10-12 ).

10. enclosed . . . fat--are become proud in prosperity, and insolent to God ( Deuteronomy 32:15 , Psalms 73:7 ).

11. They pursue us as beasts tracking their prey.

12. The figure made more special by that of a lion lurking.

13-15. disappoint--literally, "come before," or, "encounter him." Supply "with" before "sword" ( Psalms 17:13 ), and "hand" ( Psalms 17:14 ). These denote God's power.

14. men . . . world--all men of this present time. They appear, by fulness of bread and large families, to be prosperous; but ( Psalms 17:15 ) he implies this will be transient, contrasting his better portion in a joyful union with God hereafter.