Psalm 50:16
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New International Version
But to the wicked person, God says: "What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?

New Living Translation
But God says to the wicked: "Why bother reciting my decrees and pretending to obey my covenant?

English Standard Version
But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?

New American Standard Bible
But to the wicked God says, "What right have you to tell of My statutes And to take My covenant in your mouth?

King James Bible
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But God says to the wicked:" What right do you have to recite My statutes and to take My covenant on your lips?

International Standard Version
As for the wicked, God says, "How dare you recite my statutes or speak about my covenant with your lips!

NET Bible
God says this to the evildoer: "How can you declare my commands, and talk about my covenant?

New Heart English Bible
But to the wicked God says, "What right do you have to declare my statutes, that you have taken my covenant on your lips,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God says to the sinner, “What business do you have with The Books of my Commandments, that you have taken my Covenant in your mouth?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But God says to wicked people, "How dare you quote my decrees and mouth my promises!

JPS Tanakh 1917
But unto the wicked God saith: 'What hast thou to do to declare My statutes, And that thou hast taken My covenant in thy mouth?

New American Standard 1977
But to the wicked God says,
            “What right have you to tell of My statutes,
            And to take My covenant in your mouth?

Jubilee Bible 2000
But unto the wicked God saith, What part hast thou to declare my statutes or that thou should take my covenant in thy mouth?

King James 2000 Bible
But unto the wicked God says, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth?

American King James Version
But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth?

American Standard Version
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, And that thou hast taken my covenant in thy mouth,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But to the sinner God hath said: Why dost thou declare my justices, and take my covenant in thy mouth ?

Darby Bible Translation
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant into thy mouth,

English Revised Version
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes; and that thou hast taken my covenant in thy mouth?

Webster's Bible Translation
But to the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?

World English Bible
But to the wicked God says, "What right do you have to declare my statutes, that you have taken my covenant on your lips,

Young's Literal Translation
And to the wicked hath God said: What to thee -- to recount My statutes? That thou liftest up My covenant on thy mouth?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
50:16-23 Hypocrisy is wickedness, which God will judge. And it is too common, for those who declare the Lord's statutes to others, to live in disobedience to them themselves. This delusion arises from the abuse of God's long-suffering, and a wilful mistake of his character and the intention of his gospel. The sins of sinners will be fully proved on them in the judgment of the great day. The day is coming when God will set their sins in order, sins of childhood and youth, of riper age and old age, to their everlasting shame and terror. Let those hitherto forgetful of God, given up to wickedness, or in any way negligent of salvation, consider their urgent danger. The patience of the Lord is very great. It is the more wonderful, because sinners make such ill use of it; but if they turn not, they shall be made to see their error when it is too late. Those that forget God, forget themselves; and it will never be right with them till they consider. Man's chief end is to glorify God: whoso offers praise, glorifies him, and his spiritual sacrifices shall be accepted. We must praise God, sacrifice praise, put it into the hands of the Priest, our Lord Jesus, who is also the altar: we must be fervent in spirit, praising the Lord. Let us thankfully accept God's mercy, and endeavour to glorify him in word and deed.
Study Bible
The Mighty One Calls
15Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me." 16But to the wicked God says, "What right have you to tell of My statutes And to take My covenant in your mouth? 17"For you hate discipline, And you cast My words behind you.…
Cross References
Psalm 94:20
Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which devises mischief by decree?

Isaiah 29:13
Then the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,

Jeremiah 44:26
"Nevertheless hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who are living in the land of Egypt, 'Behold, I have sworn by My great name,' says the LORD, 'never shall My name be invoked again by the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, "As the Lord GOD lives."
Treasury of Scripture

But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth?

wicked

Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, said the LORD, to the wicked.

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Ezekiel 18:27 Again, when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he …

What

Proverbs 26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Isaiah 1:11-15 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the …

Isaiah 48:1,2 Hear you this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of …

Isaiah 58:1-7 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show …

Jeremiah 7:4-7 Trust you not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The …

Matthew 7:3-5,22,23 And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but consider …

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit …

Acts 19:13-16 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took on them to call …

Romans 2:17-24 Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God…

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that …

2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following …

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Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show …

Psalm 78:36-38 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied …

Ezekiel 20:37,38 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you …

Hebrews 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the …

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