Psalm 17:4
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New International Version
Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.

New Living Translation
I have followed your commands, which keep me from following cruel and evil people.

English Standard Version
With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.

New American Standard Bible
As for the deeds of men, by the word of Your lips I have kept from the paths of the violent.

King James Bible
Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Concerning what people do: by the word of Your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.

International Standard Version
As for the ways of mankind, I have, according to the words of your lips, avoided the ways of the violent.

NET Bible
As for the actions of people--just as you have commanded, I have not followed in the footsteps of violent men.

New Heart English Bible
As for the works of men, by the word of your lips, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But in speech of the lips you have kept me from the ways of evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have avoided cruelty because of your word. In spite of what others have done,

JPS Tanakh 1917
As for the doings of men, by the word of Thy lips I have kept me from the ways of the violent.

New American Standard 1977
As for the deeds of men, by the word of Thy lips
            I have kept from the paths of the violent.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have observed the ways of the violent.

King James 2000 Bible
Concerning the works of men, by the word of your lips I have kept myself from the paths of the destroyer.

American King James Version
Concerning the works of men, by the word of your lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

American Standard Version
As for the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the ways of the violent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That my mouth may not speak the works of men: for the sake of the words of thy lips, I have kept hard ways.

Darby Bible Translation
Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept from the paths of the violent [man].

English Revised Version
As for the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the ways of the violent.

Webster's Bible Translation
Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

World English Bible
As for the works of men, by the word of your lips, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.

Young's Literal Translation
As to doings of man, Through a word of Thy lips I have observed The paths of a destroyer;
Study Bible
Hear, O Lord, My Righteous Plee
3You have tried my heart; You have visited me by night; You have tested me and You find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress. 4As for the deeds of men, by the word of Your lips I have kept from the paths of the violent. 5My steps have held fast to Your paths. My feet have not slipped.…
Cross References
Psalm 1:1
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

Psalm 10:5
His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.

Psalm 19:11
Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward.

Psalm 119:9
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.

Psalm 119:101
I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.
Treasury of Scripture

Concerning the works of men, by the word of your lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

works

Psalm 14:1-3 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, …

Genesis 6:5,11 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…

Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinks iniquity like water?

Job 31:33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom:

1 Corinthians 3:3 For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and …

1 Peter 4:2,3 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to …

word

Psalm 119:9-11 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto …

Proverbs 2:10-15 When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul…

Matthew 4:4,7,10 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread …

John 17:17 Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which …

James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should …

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of …

destroyer

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring …

Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless …

(4) Concerning the works of men--i.e., as regards the actions of men, or in ordinary human actions; for the expression comp. Job 31:33; and Hosea 6:7, where the margin has Adam.

By the word of thy lips.--Some take this clause closely with the foregoing, and render, "against the word," &c; but the Authorised Version is better. The Divine standard for action, not the human or worldly, influences the writer.

I have kept me.--Literally, I for my part have observed ways of violence. But usage (Proverbs 2:20) almost compels us to understand by this, "I have kept ways of violence," which is impossible here. Hence we have either to give the verb the unusual sense "guard against," or suppose an error in the text.

Verse 4. - Concerning the works of man; i.e. "with respect to the actions of ordinary life " - here called "the works of Adam" ? i.e. of the natural man. By the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. By attending to thy Law, and following it (see Psalm 119:11), I have refrained myself from sin, and avoided the wicked courses of the violent (comp. 1 Samuel 24:4-10). Concerning the works of men,.... Of wicked men, as to what respects and concerns them, or in the midst of them; in the midst of a wicked generation of men, and their filthy conversation; who appear to be so,

by the word of thy lips; the law of God, the Scriptures of truth, the rule and standard of faith and practice, which show what works are good and what are not; by the use, help, and benefit of this;

I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer; such is the devil, who was a murderer from the beginning; antichrist, whose name is Abaddon and Apollyon, both which signify a destroyer; false teachers, and all wicked men: the "paths" of such are their wicked principles and practices, their damnable errors and heresies, their sins and lusts, which make up the broad road that leads to destruction: these the psalmist "kept" or "observed" (a), for the words "me" and "from" are not in the original text; and the sense is, that he took notice of them, and avoided them, and, as a faithful prince and magistrate, forbad his subjects walking in them, and restrained them from them, making the word of God the rule of his conduct.

(a) "custodivi", Pagninus, Montanus; "observavi", Musculus, Piscator, Cocceius, Gejerus; so Ainsworth; "vel prohibui", Muis. 4. works of men—sinful practices.

by the word of thy lips—as a guide (Ps 119:9, 11, 95).

destroyer—violent man.17:1-7 This psalm is a prayer. Feigned prayers are fruitless; but if our hearts lead our prayers, God will meet them with his favour. The psalmist had been used to pray, so that it was not his distress and danger that now first brought him to his duty. And he was encouraged by his faith to expect God would notice his prayers. Constant resolution and watchfulness against sins of the tongue, will be a good evidence of our integrity. Aware of man's propensity to wicked works, and of his own peculiar temptations, David had made God's word his preservative from the paths of Satan, which lead to destruction. If we carefully avoid the paths of sin, it will be very lead to destruction. If we carefully avoid the paths of sin, it will be very comfortable in the reflection, when we are in trouble. Those that are, through grace, going in God's paths, should pray that their goings may be held up in those paths. David prays, Lord, still hold me up. Those who would proceed and persevere in the ways of God, must, by faith prayer, get daily fresh supplies of grace and strength from him. Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, distinguishing favours, not common mercies, but be gracious to me; do as thou usest to do to those who love thy name.
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