Psalm 26:9
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New International Version
Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with those who are bloodthirsty,

New Living Translation
Don't let me suffer the fate of sinners. Don't condemn me along with murderers.

English Standard Version
Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men,

New American Standard Bible
Do not take my soul away along with sinners, Nor my life with men of bloodshed,

King James Bible
Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not destroy me along with sinners, or my life along with men of bloodshed

International Standard Version
Do not group me with sinners, nor include me with men who shed blood.

NET Bible
Do not sweep me away with sinners, or execute me along with violent people,

New Heart English Bible
Do not gather my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not destroy me with the sinners, or my life with bloody men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not sweep away my soul along with hardened sinners or my life along with bloodthirsty people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Gather not my soul with sinners, Nor my life with men of blood;

New American Standard 1977
Do not take my soul away along with sinners,
            Nor my life with men of bloodshed,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Gather not my soul with the sinners, nor my life with those who have blood on their hands:

King James 2000 Bible
Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

American King James Version
Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

American Standard Version
Gather not my soul with sinners, Nor my life with men of blood;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with bloody men:

Darby Bible Translation
Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with men of blood;

English Revised Version
Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with men of blood:

Webster's Bible Translation
Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

World English Bible
Don't gather my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men;

Young's Literal Translation
Do not gather with sinners my soul, And with men of blood my life,
Study Bible
Vindicate Me, O Lord
8O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house And the place where Your glory dwells. 9Do not take my soul away along with sinners, Nor my life with men of bloodshed, 10In whose hands is a wicked scheme, And whose right hand is full of bribes.…
Cross References
Psalm 28:3
Do not drag me away with the wicked And with those who work iniquity, Who speak peace with their neighbors, While evil is in their hearts.

Psalm 51:14
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

Psalm 59:2
Deliver me from those who do iniquity And save me from men of bloodshed.

Psalm 139:19
O that You would slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
Treasury of Scripture

Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

Gather not. or, take not away

Psalm 28:1-3 To you will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if …

1 Samuel 25:29 Yet a man is risen to pursue you, and to seek your soul…

Malachi 3:18 Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the …

Matthew 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: …

Matthew 25:32,44,46 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate …

Revelation 22:14,15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right …

bloody men [heb.] men of blood

Psalm 51:14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, you God of my salvation: …

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: …

Psalm 139:19 Surely you will slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, …

1 Samuel 22:18,19 And the king said to Doeg, Turn you, and fall on the priests. And …

2 Samuel 16:7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, you bloody …

2 Samuel 21:1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after …

(9) Gather not.--Better as in margin. The psalmist prays that he may be spared to worship in the sanctuary, when doom falls on evildoers and carries them off. The LXX. and Vulg. have "destroy not."

Verse 9. - Gather not my soul with sinners. Unite me not in one doom with open sinners - those with whom I have always refused to consort (vers. 4, 5) - whose congregation I have "hated." "That the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Genesis 18:25). Nor my life with bloody men. Bloody men - literally, men of bloods - are the worst of wicked men, cut-throats, assassins, murderers. At any rate, put me not on a par with them. Little, probably, did the psalmist think at this time how soon he was to become, practically, a murderer, and to "slay Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the children of Ammon" (2 Samuel 12:9) Gather not my soul with sinners,.... Profligate and abandoned ones, such as are notoriously profane, and who live and die impenitent ones; otherwise all men are sinners: the sense is, either that he desires that he might not, by any means, be brought into the company of such persons, be joined unto them, and have a conversation with them, which would be uncomfortable, dishonourable, and dangerous; or that God would not destroy him with them; and that he might not die the death of the wicked, nor be gathered with them at death: death is often expressed by a man's being gathered to his people, and to his fathers; see 2 Kings 22:20; the body is gathered to the grave, the soul returns to God that gave it, and has its place assigned by him; the souls of the righteous are gathered into heaven, Christ's garner; the souls of the wicked into hell; the psalmist deprecates being gathered with them;

nor my life with bloody men; that thirst after blood, lie in wait for it, shed it, and are drunk with it, as the antichristian party; these God abhors and detests; nor shall they live out half their days, and their end is miserable. 9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

10 In whose hand is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

Psalm 26:9

"Gather not my soul with sinners." - Lord, when, like fruit, I must be gathered, put me not in the same basket with the best of sinners, much less with the worst of them. The company of sinners is so distasteful to us here, that we cannot endure the thought of being bound up in the same bundle with them to all eternity. Our comfort is, that the Great Husbandman discerns the tares from the wheat, and will find a separate place for distinct characters. In the former verses we see that the Psalmist kept himself clear of profane persons, and this is to be understood as a reason why he should not be thrust into their company at the last. Let us think of the doom of the wicked, and the prayer of the text will forcibly rise to our lips; meanwhile, as we see the rule of judgment by which like is gathered to its like, we who have passed from death unto life have nothing to fear. "Nor my life with bloody men." Our soul sickens to hear them speak; their cruel dispatches, in which they treat the shooting of their fellow-men as rare sport, are horrifying to us; Lord, let us not be shut up in the same prison with them; nay, the same paradise with such men would be a hell, if they remained as they now are.

Psalm 26:10

"In whose hands is mischief." - They have both hands full of it, plotting it and carrying it out. "And their right hand," with which they are most dexterous, "is full of bribes;" like thieves who would steal with impunity, they carry a sop for the dogs of justice. He who gives bribes is every way as guilty as the man who takes them, and in the matter of our parliamentary elections the rich villain who gives the bribe is by far the worse. Bribery, in any form or shape, should be as detestable to a Christian as carrion to a dove, or garbage to a lamb. Let those whose dirty hands are fond of bribes remember that neither death nor the devil can be bribed to let them escape their well-earned doom. 9. Gather not, etc.—Bring me not to death.

bloody men—(compare Ps 5:6).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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