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

To the chief Musician, [a Psalm] of David, the servant of the Lord. This title, which the psalmist takes to himself, regards him not only as a creature, every man being the servant of the Lord as such, of right, though not in fact; but as a king, he being a minister of God for good to good men, and for evil to evil men; and also may respect him as a renewed man; and it is here used in opposition to and distinction from the wicked, who are the servants of sin and Satan, of whom he speaks in this psalm. The Syriac and Arabic versions in their titles suggest that this psalm was written when David was persecuted by Saul, and which is the sense of some interpreters; but R. Obadiah thinks Ahithophel is designed by the wicked man in it; and so it was penned on account of Absalom's rebellion.

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."
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