Psalms 36:1-4

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD.

1 [a]I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:[b]There is no fear of God before their eyes.
2 In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.
3 The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good.
4 Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong.

Psalms 36:1-4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 36:1-4 In-Context

1 I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:There is no fear of God before their eyes.
2 In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.
3 The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good.
4 Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong.
5 Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.
7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.

Cross References 11

  • 1. S Job 21:16
  • 2. Jeremiah 2:19; Jeremiah 36:16,24
  • 3. S Job 23:15; Romans 3:18*
  • 4. Deuteronomy 29:19
  • 5. Psalms 10:7
  • 6. S Job 5:13; Psalms 5:6,9; Psalms 43:1; Psalms 144:8,11; Isaiah 44:20
  • 7. Psalms 94:8
  • 8. Jeremiah 4:22; Jeremiah 13:23; Amos 3:10
  • 9. Proverbs 4:16; Micah 2:1
  • 10. Isaiah 65:2
  • 11. Psalms 52:3; Romans 12:9

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 36:1-12 is numbered 36:2-13.
  • [b]. Or "A message from God: The transgression of the wicked" / "resides in their hearts."