Psalm 26:5
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New International Version
I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.

New Living Translation
I hate the gatherings of those who do evil, and I refuse to join in with the wicked.

English Standard Version
I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.

New American Standard Bible
I hate the assembly of evildoers, And I will not sit with the wicked.

King James Bible
I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I hate a crowd of evildoers, and I do not sit with the wicked.

International Standard Version
I hate the company of those who practice evil, nor do I sit with the wicked.

NET Bible
I hate the mob of evil men, and do not associate with the wicked.

New Heart English Bible
I hate the assembly of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have hated the assembly of the evil, neither have I sat with the wicked.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have hated the mob of evildoers and will not sit with wicked people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I hate the gathering of evil doers, And will not sit with the wicked.

New American Standard 1977
I hate the assembly of evildoers,
            And I will not sit with the wicked.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have hated the congregation of evil doers and will not sit with the wicked.

King James 2000 Bible
I have hated the congregation of evildoers; and will not sit with the wicked.

American King James Version
I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

American Standard Version
I hate the assembly of evil-doers, And will not sit with the wicked.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have hated the assembly of the malignant; and with the wicked I will not sit.

Darby Bible Translation
I have hated the congregation of evil-doers, and I have not sat with the wicked.

English Revised Version
I hate the congregation of evil-doers, and will not sit with the wicked.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

World English Bible
I hate the assembly of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked.

Young's Literal Translation
I have hated the assembly of evil doers, And with the wicked I sit not.
Study Bible
Vindicate Me, O Lord
4I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will I go with pretenders. 5I hate the assembly of evildoers, And I will not sit with the wicked. 6I shall wash my hands in innocence, And I will go about Your altar, O LORD,…
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 31:6
I hate those who regard vain idols, But I trust in the LORD.

Psalm 139:21
Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
Treasury of Scripture

I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

hated

Psalm 31:6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.

Psalm 101:3-8 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them …

Psalm 139:21,22 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate you? and am not I grieved with …

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Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, …

Matthew 9:11,12 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, Why eats …

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 I wrote to you in an letter not to company with fornicators…

(5) Evil doers.--With idea of violence; from a root meaning to break in pieces.

Verse 5. - I have hated the congregation of evil-doers. Fifthly, he has hated, and hates, with a holy and strong abhorrence (comp. Psalm 139:22), the congregation of evil-deers - the gatherings and assemblies of those who meet only for wicked purposes - to sin themselves, and to draw others into like evil courses. This is a positive trait of a very marked character, and goes far beyond the explanation which has been given of it: "I take no part in assemblies for the ruin of others" (Hengstenberg). Sixthly and lastly, he will not sit with the wicked. This only goes beyond the declarations in ver. 4 by extending to all wicked persons of every kind the avoidance there limited to "vain persons," and "dissemblers." The spirit is that indicated by Jacob in Genesis 49:6; by St. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 and Ephesians 5:7, 11; and by St. John, on the celebrated occasion when he avoided contact with Cerinthus (Iren., 3:3, § 4). I have hated the congregation of evildoers,.... That do harm to the persons, characters, or properties of men; and who meet together in bodies, to consult and form schemes to do mischief, and have their assemblies to encourage each other in it; these, their works and actions, the psalmist hated, though not their persons; and showed his displicency at them, and dislike and disapprobation of them, by absenting from them; see Jeremiah 15:17;

and will not sit with the wicked; ungodly and unrighteous men, sons of Belial; for with such what fellowship and concord can there be? 2 Corinthians 6:14; the word (x) signifies restless and uneasy persons, who cannot rest unless they do mischief; are like the troubled sea, continually casting up mire and dirt, Isaiah 57:20; now, by all this the psalmist means not that good men should have no manner of conversation with the men of the world: for then, as the apostle says, we must needs go out of the world, 1 Corinthians 5:9. Conversation in civil things, in matters of trade and business, is lawful; though all unnecessary conversation in things of civil life is to be shunned; no more should be had than what natural relation and the business of life require; but all conversation in things criminal is to be avoided; company is not to be kept with them, so as to join them in anything sinful; this is to harden them in their evil ways, and it brings into danger and into disgrace: a man is known and is judged of by the company that he keeps; and evil communications corrupt good manners.

(x) "significat inquietum esse, ceu patet ex", Isaiah 48.22. Gejerus. 26:9 David, in this psalm, appeals to God touching his integrity. - David here, by the Spirit of prophecy, speaks of himself as a type of Christ, of whom what he here says of his spotless innocence was fully and eminently true, and of Christ only, and to Him we may apply it. We are complete in him. The man that walks in his integrity, yet trusting wholly in the grace of God, is in a state of acceptance, according to the covenant of which Jesus was the Mediator, in virtue of his spotless obedience even unto death. This man desires to have his inmost soul searched and proved by the Lord. He is aware of the deceitfulness of his own heart; he desires to detect and mortify every sin; and he longs to be satisfied of his being a true believer, and to practise the holy commands of God. Great care to avoid bad company, is both a good evidence of our integrity, and a good means to keep us in it. Hypocrites and dissemblers may be found attending on God's ordinances; but it is a good sign of sincerity, if we attend upon them, as the psalmist here tells us he did, in the exercise of repentance and conscientious obedience. He feels his ground firm under him; and, as he delights in blessing the Lord with his congregations on earth, he trusts that shortly he shall join the great assembly in heaven, in singing praises to God and to the Lamb for evermore.
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