Psalm 18:23
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New International Version
I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.

New Living Translation
I am blameless before God; I have kept myself from sin.

English Standard Version
I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt.

New American Standard Bible
I was also blameless with Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.

King James Bible
I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I was blameless toward Him and kept myself from sinning.

International Standard Version
I was upright before him, and I kept myself from iniquity.

NET Bible
I was innocent before him, and kept myself from sinning.

New Heart English Bible
I was also blameless with him. I kept myself from my iniquity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I have been without blemish with him, and I have been on guard against my sins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I was innocent as far as he was concerned. I have kept myself from guilt.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I was single-hearted with Him, And I kept myself from mine iniquity.

New American Standard 1977
I was also blameless with Him,
            And I kept myself from my iniquity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I was perfect before him, and I kept myself from my iniquity.

King James 2000 Bible
I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from my iniquity.

American King James Version
I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from my iniquity.

American Standard Version
I was also perfect with him, And I kept myself from mine iniquity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I shall be spotless with him: and shall keep myself from my iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
And I was upright with him, and kept myself from mine iniquity.

English Revised Version
I was also perfect with him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.

Webster's Bible Translation
I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from my iniquity.

World English Bible
I was also blameless with him. I kept myself from my iniquity.

Young's Literal Translation
And I am perfect with him, And I keep myself from mine iniquity.
Study Bible
The Lord is My Rock
22For all His ordinances were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me. 23I was also blameless with Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity. 24Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.…
Cross References
Psalm 18:32
The God who girds me with strength And makes my way blameless?

Psalm 19:12
Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.

Psalm 19:13
Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

Psalm 25:11
For Your name's sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

Psalm 66:18
If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;
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Verse 23. - I was also upright before him (compare what is said of David in 1 Kings 11:4; 1 Kings 14:8; 1 Kings 15:5). Like Job, he was "perfect and upright " - " one that feared God, and eschewed evil" (Job 1:1). And I kept myself from mine iniquity; i.e. from the sin to which I was especially tempted." (Kay compares the αὐπερίστατος ἁμαρτία of Hebrews 12:1.) But what sin this was, we have no means of determining. All that appears is that David had an inclination to some particular form of sin, against which he found it necessary to be continually upon his guard. I was also upright before him,.... In heart and conversation, being sincere and faithful; so David was in the sight of God; but this is much more true of Christ, in whom there was no unrighteousness nor guile, neither in his heart, nor in his lips; he was of perfect integrity, and faithful in all things to him that appointed him;

and I kept myself from mine iniquity; which some interpret of original sin, in which David was born, which dwelt in him, and prompted him to sin; but rather it refers to the taking away of Saul's life, which he might be tempted to do, as being his enemy that sought his life; and which he was put upon and urged to by some about him, and yet did it not. But it is best here also to apply these words to Christ; for though he had no iniquity of his own, yet he had the iniquities of his people on him, as their surety, and which he calls "mine", Psalm 40:12. But though he bore them, he did not commit any of them; though he was made sin, he knew none; and though he was tempted by Satan to the most enormous iniquities, as destroying himself and worshipping the devil, he kept himself from the evil one, that he could not touch him: the sense is, that he kept himself from committing any sin, which cannot be said of any mere man; and so far as good men are kept from sin, they are kept by the power of God, and not by themselves. All these things show, that the righteousness of Christ was a perfect, sinless one, entirely agreeable to the laws, statutes, and judgments of God; was pure in the sight of God, and rewardable in strict justice. Hence it is repeated as follows: 23. upright before him—In my relation to God I have been perfect as to all parts of His law. The perfection does not relate to degree.

mine iniquity—perhaps the thought of his heart to kill Saul (1Sa 24:6). That David does not allude to all his conduct, in all relations, is evident from Ps 51:1, etc.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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