Psalms 51:13

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

Psalms 51:13 in Other Translations

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.
13 Give me a job teaching rebels your ways so the lost can find their way home.
13 Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways, and sinners will return to You.

Psalms 51:13 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 51:13

[Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways
David was a prophet as well as a king; see ( Acts 2:30 ) ; and taught men the fear of the Lord, ( Psalms 34:11 ) , and instructed them in his ways, as he here promises he would; by which are meant, either the ways which God prescribes and directs men to walk in, as the paths of faith, holiness, and truth, and the ways of his commandments; or which he himself has walked in; meaning not the ways of his providence, which are sometimes past finding out; but the ways of his grace, the steps and methods he has taken in the salvation of men, by forming the scheme of it, by choosing unto it, by making a covenant with his Son, and appointing him to effect it; and particularly his ways and methods in receiving and pardoning backsliders, when returned by repentance to him; and who may be meant by "transgressors" here: and then the sense is, that David, upon his being received and pardoned, would teach others like himself how graciously God had dealt with him; how plenteous he is in mercy; how ready to forgive, and how faithful to his promises; and so encourage them to go to him, and acknowledge their transgressions, and seek pardoning grace at his hands, who does abundantly pardon, and whose ways are not as theirs; see ( Isaiah 55:7-9 ) ;

and sinners shall be converted unto thee:
or "that sinners may be converted unto thee" F16; this being the end of teaching by the word, and the means of the conversion of profane and unregenerate sinners, through the power of divine grace; though rather this seems to be understood of the conversion of God's own people after backslidings, and not of first conversion; see ( Luke 22:32 ) ( James 5:19 James 5:20 ) .


F16 (Myajxw) "ut peccatores convertantur", Junius & Tremellius, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Psalms 51:13 In-Context

11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Exodus 33:13; Acts 9:21-22
  • 2. S Psalms 1:1
  • 3. S Job 33:27; Psalms 22:27
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