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Psalm 81:12

12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.

Read Psalm 81:12 Using Other Translations

So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.
So I let them follow their own stubborn desires, living according to their own ideas.

What does Psalm 81:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 81:12

So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust
Sometimes God gave them up, when they sinned, into the hands of the Moabites, or Ammonites, or Philistines, or other neighbouring nations, for their chastisement; but to be delivered up unto their own hearts' lust is worse than that; nay, than to be delivered to Satan: salvation may be the consequence of that, but damnation of this; and yet it is a righteous judgment; for as men like not to retain God in their knowledge, it is but just with him to give them up to vile affections, to a reprobate mind, to do things not convenient, ( Romans 1:24 Romans 1:26 Romans 1:28 ) there is nothing men are more desirous of than to have their hearts' lusts; and there is no greater judgment can befall them than to be left to the power of them, which must unavoidably issue in their ruin here and hereafter: and they walked in their own counsels; which were bad; after the imagination of their own evil hearts, and not after the counsels and directions of God in his word, and by his servants.

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