Psalm 51:10
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New International Version
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

New Living Translation
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.

English Standard Version
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

New American Standard Bible
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

King James Bible
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

International Standard Version
God, create a pure heart in me, and renew a right attitude within me.

NET Bible
Create for me a pure heart, O God! Renew a resolute spirit within me!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Create in me a pure heart, oh, God, and renew your right Spirit within me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a faithful spirit within me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

King James 2000 Bible
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

American King James Version
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

American Standard Version
Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit within my bowels.

Darby Bible Translation
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

English Revised Version
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

World English Bible
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.

Young's Literal Translation
A clean heart prepare for me, O God, And a right spirit renew within me.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

51:7-15 Purge me with hyssop, with the blood of Christ applied to my soul by a lively faith, as the water of purification was sprinkled with a bunch of hyssop. The blood of Christ is called the blood of sprinkling, Heb 12:24. If this blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, cleanse us from our sin, then we shall be clean indeed, Heb 10:2. He asks not to be comforted, till he is first cleansed; if sin, the bitter root of sorrow, be taken away, he can pray in faith, Let me have a well-grounded peace, of thy creating, so that the bones broken by convictions may rejoice, may be comforted. Hide thy face from my sins; blot out all mine iniquities out of thy book; blot them out, as a cloud is blotted out and dispelled by the beams of the sun. And the believer desires renewal to holiness as much as the joy of salvation. David now saw, more than ever, what an unclean heart he had, and sadly laments it; but he sees it is not in his own power to amend it, and therefore begs God would create in him a clean heart. When the sinner feels this change is necessary, and reads the promise of God to that purpose, he begins to ask it. He knew he had by his sin grieved the Holy Spirit, and provoked him to withdraw. This he dreads more than anything. He prays that Divine comforts may be restored to him. When we give ourselves cause to doubt our interest in salvation, how can we expect the joy of it? This had made him weak; he prays, I am ready to fall, either into sin or into despair, therefore uphold me with thy Spirit. Thy Spirit is a free Spirit, a free Agent himself, working freely. And the more cheerful we are in our duty, the more constant we shall be to it. What is this but the liberty wherewith Christ makes his people free, which is contrasted with the yoke of bondage? Ga 5:1. It is the Spirit of adoption spoken to the heart. Those to whom God is the God of salvation, he will deliver from guilt; for the salvation he is the God of, is salvation from sin. We may therefore plead with him, Lord, thou art the God of my salvation, therefore deliver me from the dominion of sin. And when the lips are opened, what should they speak but the praises of God for his forgiving mercy?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Create in me a clean heart, O God; i.e. do more than purify me - do more than cleanse me (ver. 7); by an act of creative power (בּרא) make in me a new clean heart. Compare the Christian doctrine of the "new birth" and "new life." And renew a right spirit within me. "Heart" and "spirit" are used interchangeably for the inward essence of man; but, as Professor Cheyne observes, "Heart emphasizes the individual side of a man's life; spirit, its Divine, or at least preternatural side." David, in asking both for a new heart and a new spirit, requests the renovation of his entire mental and moral nature, which he recognizes as corrupt and depraved.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Create in me a clean heart, O God,.... Which was now defiled with sin, and of which being convinced, he was led more and more to see the impurity of his heart and nature, from which all his evil actions flowed; and being sensible that he could not make his heart clean himself, and that this was the work of God, and a work which required creating power, he entreats it of him: for as the first work of conversion is no other than a creation, or a production of something new, which was not before; so the restoring of a backslider, as it goes by the same name, it requires the same power; and as the implantation of grace at first, and particularly of faith, is a work of almighty power; so the same power must be put forth to bring it into exercise, after falls into sin; that it may afresh deal with the heart purifying blood of Christ, which only can make it clean, and is what is here meant;

and renew a right spirit within me; by which is designed, not the Holy Spirit of God (k); for he is the renewer; nor the spirit or soul of man as to its essence; but with respect to the qualities of it; and here it signifies a renewing of the inward man, or an increase of grace, and causing it to abound in act and exercise; and intends a spirit of uprightness and integrity, in opposition to dissimulation and hypocrisy; a spirit "prepared and ready" (l) to every good work, Matthew 26:41; "one firm" (m) and unmoved from obedience to the Lord, by sin, temptations, and snares; a heart fixed, trusting in the Lord, and comfortably assured of an interest in pardoning grace and mercy.

(k) Vid. Zohar in Gen. fol. 107. 3.((l) "paratum seu promptum", Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth. (m) "Firmua", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. Create—a work of almighty power.

in me—literally, "to me," or, "for me"; bestow as a gift, a heart free from taint of sin (Ps 24:4; 73:1).

renew—implies that he had possessed it; the essential principle of a new nature had not been lost, but its influence interrupted (Lu 22:32); for Ps 51:11 shows that he had not lost God's presence and Spirit (1Sa 16:13), though he had lost the "joy of his salvation" (Ps 51:12), for whose return he prays.

right spirit—literally, "constant," "firm," not yielding to temptation.

Psalm 51:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
9Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. 10Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Acts 15:9
He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Psalm 24:4
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.

Psalm 73:1
A psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

Psalm 78:8
They would not be like their ancestors-- a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.

Psalm 78:37
their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant.

Ezekiel 18:31
Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel?

Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Treasury of Scripture

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Create

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things …

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

clean

Psalm 73:1 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.

Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Jeremiah 13:27 I have seen your adulteries, and your neighings, the lewdness of …

Jeremiah 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me …

Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within …

Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; …

Ezekiel 36:25-27,37 Then will I sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: …

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

renew

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

Ephesians 4:22-24 That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, …

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after …

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to …

right. or, constant

Psalm 78:8,37 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; …

Joshua 14:14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh …

1 Kings 15:3-5 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before …

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

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