Psalm 18:26
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New International Version
to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.

New Living Translation
To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile.

English Standard Version
with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.

New American Standard Bible
With the pure You show Yourself pure, And with the crooked You show Yourself astute.

King James Bible
With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
with the pure You prove Yourself pure, but with the crooked You prove Yourself shrewd.

International Standard Version
to the pure, you show yourself pure, and to the morally corrupt, you appear to be perverse.

NET Bible
You prove to be reliable to one who is blameless, but you prove to be deceptive to one who is perverse.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
With the Elect One you will be elect, and with the crooked you will be perverse.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
with pure people you are pure. [In dealing] with devious people you are clever.

JPS Tanakh 1917
With the pure Thou dost show Thyself pure; And with the crooked Thou dost show Thyself subtle.

New American Standard 1977
With the pure Thou dost show Thyself pure;
            And with the crooked Thou dost show Thyself astute.

Jubilee Bible 2000
with the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the perverse thou wilt show thyself adversary.

King James 2000 Bible
With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the devious you will show yourself shrewd.

American King James Version
With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the fraudulent you will show yourself devious.

American Standard Version
With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; And with the perverse thou wilt show thyself froward.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And with the elect thou wilt be elect: and with the perverse thou wilt be perverted.

Darby Bible Translation
With the pure thou dost shew thyself pure; and with the perverse thou dost shew thyself contrary.

English Revised Version
With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the perverse thou wilt shew thyself froward.

Webster's Bible Translation
With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt contend.

World English Bible
With the pure, you will show yourself pure. With the crooked you will show yourself shrewd.

Young's Literal Translation
With the pure Thou showest Thyself pure, And with the perverse showest Thyself a wrestler,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
The Lord is My Rock
25With the kind You show Yourself kind; With the blameless You show Yourself blameless; 26With the pure You show Yourself pure, And with the crooked You show Yourself astute. 27For You save an afflicted people, But haughty eyes You abase.…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:23
'And if by these things you are not turned to Me, but act with hostility against Me,

Leviticus 26:24
then I will act with hostility against you; and I, even I, will strike you seven times for your sins.

Job 25:5
"If even the moon has no brightness And the stars are not pure in His sight,

Proverbs 3:34
Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.

Habakkuk 1:13
Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they?
Treasury of Scripture

With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the fraudulent you will show yourself devious.

froward

Psalm 109:17-19 As he loved cursing, so let it come to him: as he delighted not in …

Leviticus 26:23,24,27,28 And if you will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk …

Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorns the scorners: but he gives grace to the lowly.

Romans 2:4-6,9 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

shew thyself froward. or, wrestle

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