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;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
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 …

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