Psalm 106:39

39 They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves.

Read Psalm 106:39 Using Other Translations

Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the whore in their deeds.
They defiled themselves by their evil deeds, and their love of idols was adultery in the LORD ’s sight.

What does Psalm 106:39 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 106:39

Thus were they defiled with their own works
Not the land only, but they themselves also; or "with their works" F1, with the works of the Heathen they learned, ( Psalms 106:35 ) , or rather with their own works, the works of the flesh, especially their shocking idolatries: sin is of a defiling nature; it has defiled all men, it defiles all of men, all the faculties of their souls, and all the members of their bodies; nor can anything truly and thoroughly cleanse from it but the blood of Christ: even men's works of righteousness are as filthy rags and defiling, and much more their evil works.

And went a whoring with their own inventions;
after other gods; idolatry is often in Scripture signified by whoredom; the idolatry of Israel and Judah is represented by two harlots and their lewd practices, in ( Ezekiel 23:1 ) and hence the apostate church of Rome is compared to a whore, because of her idolatry, ( Revelation 17:1 Revelation 17:2 Revelation 17:5 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F1 (Mhyvemb) "operibus earum", Muis; so Ainsworth.
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