Psalm 18:21
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New International Version
For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I am not guilty of turning from my God.

New Living Translation
For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I have not turned from my God to follow evil.

English Standard Version
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

New American Standard Bible
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not wickedly departed from my God.

King James Bible
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I have kept the ways of the LORD and have not turned from my God to wickedness.

International Standard Version
because I have kept the ways of the LORD, and I have not wickedly departed from my God;

NET Bible
For I have obeyed the LORD's commands; I have not rebelled against my God.

New Heart English Bible
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because I have kept the ways of Lord Jehovah, and I have not rebelled from my God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because I have kept the ways of the LORD and I have not wickedly turned away from my God,

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not wickedly departed from my God.

New American Standard 1977
For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
            And have not wickedly departed from my God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because I have kept the ways of the LORD and did not become wicked departing in apostasy from my God.

King James 2000 Bible
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

American King James Version
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

American Standard Version
For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, And have not wickedly departed from my God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because I have kept the ways of the Lord; and have not done wickedly against my God.

Darby Bible Translation
For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

English Revised Version
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

World English Bible
For I have kept the ways of Yahweh, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Young's Literal Translation
For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, And have not done wickedly against my God.
Study Bible
The Lord is My Rock
20The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. 21For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not wickedly departed from my God. 22For all His ordinances were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 34:33
Josiah removed all the abominations from all the lands belonging to the sons of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel to serve the LORD their God. Throughout his lifetime they did not turn from following the LORD God of their fathers.

Psalm 37:34
Wait for the LORD and keep His way, And He will exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

Psalm 119:33
Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, And I shall observe it to the end.

Psalm 119:102
I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, For You Yourself have taught me.

Proverbs 8:32
"Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, For blessed are they who keep my ways.
Treasury of Scripture

For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

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have not

Psalm 119:102 I have not departed from your judgments: for you have taught me.

1 Samuel 15:11 It repents me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned …

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

Verse 21. - For I have kept the ways of the Lord. Compare the statement of the young man whom Jesus "looked upon and loved' (Mark 10:21), "All these commandments have I observed from my youth" (ver. 20). And have not wickedly departed from my God. It is observed that the word translated by "departed wickedly" implies "wilful and persistent wickedness" ('Speaker's Commentary') - "an entire alienation from God" (Calvin). Not even in the humblest of the penitential psalms, when David is bewailing his great offence, does he use this verb of himself. He is an example to all men not to indulge in a false humility, nor employ phrases concerning himself which go beyond the truth. For I have kept the ways of the Lord,.... Not those which the Lord himself walks in, his ways of providence, or of grace; though these are and should be taken notice of and observed by good men, as the word (y) used will bear to be rendered; but the ways which he has prescribed and directed men to walk in, the ways of his commandments, in which they should go; these were, in some measure, kept by David, who often, in the hundred nineteenth psalm speaks of his keeping the testimonies and statutes, and commandments of the Lord; as they are by good men, with some degree of pleasure, they take delight to walk in them; and with some degree of constancy, they keep walking in them, without turning to the right hand or the left, though solicited to it; but yet not perfectly, for they have many a slip and fall in them; wherefore this cannot be a reason of their being rewarded according to their righteousness: in strict justice, the words better agree with Christ, who kept the law of God perfectly, did his will completely; he came from heaven to do it; it was his meat and drink to accomplish it; and he always did the things which pleased his father, wherefore he rewarded him;

and have not wickedly departed from my God; which was, in some sense, true of David; not as by disbelieving the power and providence, the promises, truth, and faithfulness of God, and his covenant interest in him; which to do would have been a wicked departure from God; see Hebrews 3:12; nor by forsaking the house and worship of God; though he was driven from thence by wicked men, yet sore against his will, and which during his exile he frequently laments and complains of; nor by sinning wilfully and presumptuously, only through error, inadvertency, infirmity, and temptation: but when it is observed, how much unbelief, which is a partial departing from the living God, and how many there are that neglect private and public worship, and what a proneness there is to sin and wickedness, and how much there is of the will in sinful actions, in the best of men; it is right and best to understand this of Christ, who never was guilty of sin, nor committed any wickedness in departing from God in the least: as man, God was his God, and he always believed his interest in him, and claimed it even when he forsook him on the cross; nor did he quit his service, desert his cause, nor depart from the work and business he enjoined him, till it was finished.

(y) "observaveram", Tigurine version, Vatablus; "observo", Junius & Tremellius; "observavi", Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth. 18:20-28 Those that forsake the ways of the Lord, depart from their God. But though conscious to ourselves of many a false step, let there not be a wicked departure from our God. David kept his eye upon the rule of God's commands. Constant care to keep from that sin, whatever it be, which most easily besets us, proves that we are upright before God. Those who show mercy to others, even they need mercy. Those who are faithful to God, shall find him all that to them which he has promised to be. The words of the Lord are pure words, very sure to be depended on, and very sweet to be delighted in. Those who resist God, and walk contrary to him, shall find that he will walk contrary to them, Le 26:21-24. The gracious recompence of which David spoke, may generally be expected by those who act from right motives. Hence he speaks comfort to the humble, and terror to the proud; Thou wilt bring down high looks. And he speaks encouragement to himself; Thou wilt light my candle: thou wilt revive and comfort my sorrowful spirit; thou wilt guide my way, that I may avoid the snares laid for me. Thou wilt light my candle to work by, and give me an opportunity of serving thee. Let those that walk in darkness, and labour under discouragements, take courage; God himself will be a Light to them.
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