Psalm 36:2
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New International Version
In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.

New Living Translation
In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are.

English Standard Version
For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.

New American Standard Bible
For it flatters him in his own eyes Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it.

King James Bible
For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to discover and hate his sin.

International Standard Version
He flatters himself too much to discover his transgression and hate it.

NET Bible
for he is too proud to recognize and give up his sin.

New Heart English Bible
For he flatters himself in his own eyes, too much to detect and hate his sin.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because it is hateful in his eyes to forsake his sins and to hate them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He flatters himself and does not hate or [even] recognize his guilt.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For it flattereth him in his eyes, Until his iniquity be found, and he be hated.

New American Standard 1977
For it flatters him in his own eyes,
            Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he flatters himself in his own eyes until his iniquity is found to be hateful.

King James 2000 Bible
For he flatters himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity is found to be hateful.

American King James Version
For he flatters himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.

American Standard Version
For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, That his iniquity will not be found out and be hated.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For in his sight he hath done deceitfully, that his iniquity may be found unto hatred.

Darby Bible Translation
For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, [even] when his iniquity is found to be hateful.

English Revised Version
For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, that his iniquity shall not be found out and be hated.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity is found to be hateful.

World English Bible
For he flatters himself in his own eyes, too much to detect and hate his sin.

Young's Literal Translation
For he made it smooth to himself in his eyes, To find his iniquity to be hated.
Study Bible
There is No Fear of God Before his Eyes
1For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes. 2For it flatters him in his own eyes Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it. 3The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:19
"It shall be when he hears the words of this curse, that he will boast, saying, 'I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart in order to destroy the watered land with the dry.'

Psalm 10:4
The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, "There is no God."

Psalm 10:11
He says to himself, "God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it."

Psalm 49:18
Though while he lives he congratulates himself-- And though men praise you when you do well for yourself--
Treasury of Scripture

For he flatters himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.

For he

Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, …

Psalm 49:18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise you, …

Deuteronomy 29:19 And it come to pass, when he hears the words of this curse, that …

Jeremiah 2:23,34,35 How can you say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? …

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: …

Hosea 12:7,8 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to oppress…

Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?

Luke 16:14,15 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: …

Romans 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, …

Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to …

until [heb.] to find his iniquity to hate

1 Samuel 15:18-24 And the LORD sent you on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy …

1 Chronicles 10:13,14 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the …

Romans 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before …

(2) For he flattereth . . .--Literally, For he (or, it) makes smooth to him in his eyes to find out his evil to hate. (See margin.) A sentence of great difficulty. We must seek for the key to the interpretation of these words in the balance of the two phrases, "before his eyes," "in his own eyes," and must take the two verses together. They form, in fact, an example of introverted parallelism. (See Gen. Introduction.)

Sin is the wicked man's oracle in his heart;

No fear of God is before his eyes;

He makes all smooth to himself in his eyes.

As to the discovery of his guilt that is his hate;

Or,

The discovery of his guilt is the only thing he hates.

This reading takes the two infinitives as subject and complement with the copula understood. It would be strange if Hebrew, which, above all languages, makes the infinitive do duty in various ways, offered no instance of such a use. (For matsa aven in the sense of the discovery of guilt, comp. Genesis 44:16; Hosea 12:8, etc.)

Verse 2. - For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. Another very obscure verse, explained in various ways. The rendering of Professor Alexander is to be preferred, "For he fiattereth himself in his own eyes, as to God's finding his sin and hating it;" i.e. he flatters himself that he will conceal his sin from God, so that God will not discover it to hate it (see also the comment of Dr. Kay, and the Revised Version) For he flattereth himself in his own eyes,.... There are many self-flatterers; some on account of their worldly estate, that they are out of the reach of God and men, and regard neither; and that as they have much goods laid up, they shall enjoy them many years, and so never think of dying, nor of another world: others on account of their eternal state, pleasing themselves with their own purity, goodness, and righteousness: some flatter themselves either that their sins are not sins, or they are small ones; or they are no other than what multitudes commit; or they are not seen and known, and that God himself sees them not, or takes no notice of them; and that they shall go on with impunity, sentence against them being not speedily executed; and others that there is no God, will be no judgment, nor future state;

until his iniquity be found to be hateful, or, "to find his iniquity and to hate" (c) that which is good, as the word may be rendered; that is, he flatters himself, or speaks smooth things to himself, and endeavours to work himself up into the belief of the above things; that he may find, embrace, and indulge his lusts with a quiet conscience, and hate God, good men, and everything that is good; the Targum is,

"that he may find sins and hate doctrine''

or instruction. Jarchi and Aben Ezra interpret the words another way,

"that the holy and blessed God may find out his iniquity to hate him;''

see Genesis 44:16, which God may be said to do, when he charges the guilt of sin upon the conscience, and punishes for it; and exposes both the sinner and his sins to the world; thereby testifying his hatred of him and his sins; and which should have been hateful to him, as they are to all good men.

(c) So. Pagninus. 2-4. This reflection detailed.

until his iniquity—literally, "for finding his iniquity for hating"; that is, he persuades himself God will not so find it—"for hating" involving the idea of punishing. Hence his words of iniquity and deceit, and his bold rejection of all right principles of conduct. The climax is that he deliberately adopts and patronizes evil. The negative forms affirm more emphatically their contraries.36:1-4 From this psalm our hearts should be duly affected with hatred of sin, and seek satisfaction in God's loving-kindness. Here is the root of bitterness, from which all the wickedness of wicked men comes. It takes rise from contempt of God, and the want of due regard to him. Also from the deceit they put upon their own souls. Let us daily beg of God to preserve us from self-flattery. Sin is very hurtful to the sinner himself, and therefore ought to be hateful; but it is not so. It is no marvel, if those that deceive themselves, seek to deceive all mankind; to whom will they be true, who are false to their own souls? It is bad to do mischief, but worse to devise it, to do it with plot and management. If we willingly banish holy meditations in our solitary hours, Satan will soon occupy our minds with sinful imaginations. Hardened sinners stand to what they have done, as though they could justify it before God himself.
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