Psalms 18:23

23 I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.

Psalms 18:23 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
English Standard Version (ESV)
23 I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt.
New Living Translation (NLT)
23 I am blameless before God; I have kept myself from sin.
The Message Bible (MSG)
23 I feel put back together, and I'm watching my step.
American Standard Version (ASV)
23 I was also perfect with him, And I kept myself from mine iniquity.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
23 I was innocent as far as he was concerned. I have kept myself from guilt.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
23 I was blameless toward Him and kept myself from sinning.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
23 He knows that I am without blame. He knows I've kept myself from sinning.

Psalms 18:23 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 18:23

I was also upright before him
In heart and conversation, being sincere and faithful; so David was in the sight of God; but this is much more true of Christ, in whom there was no unrighteousness nor guile, neither in his heart, nor in his lips; he was of perfect integrity, and faithful in all things to him that appointed him;

and I kept myself from mine iniquity;
which some interpret of original sin, in which David was born, which dwelt in him, and prompted him to sin; but rather it refers to the taking away of Saul's life, which he might be tempted to do, as being his enemy that sought his life; and which he was put upon and urged to by some about him, and yet did it not. But it is best here also to apply these words to Christ; for though he had no iniquity of his own, yet he had the iniquities of his people on him, as their surety, and which he calls "mine", ( Psalms 40:12 ) . But though he bore them, he did not commit any of them; though he was made sin, he knew none; and though he was tempted by Satan to the most enormous iniquities, as destroying himself and worshipping the devil, he kept himself from the evil one, that he could not touch him: the sense is, that he kept himself from committing any sin, which cannot be said of any mere man; and so far as good men are kept from sin, they are kept by the power of God, and not by themselves. All these things show, that the righteousness of Christ was a perfect, sinless one, entirely agreeable to the laws, statutes, and judgments of God; was pure in the sight of God, and rewardable in strict justice. Hence it is repeated as follows:

Psalms 18:23 In-Context

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I am not guilty of turning from my God.
22 All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.
24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

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