Psalm 51:11
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New International Version
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

New Living Translation
Do not banish me from your presence, and don't take your Holy Spirit from me.

English Standard Version
Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

New American Standard Bible
Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

King James Bible
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.

International Standard Version
Do not cast me from your presence; do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

NET Bible
Do not reject me! Do not take your Holy Spirit away from me!

New Heart English Bible
Do not throw me from your presence, and do not take your holy Spirit from me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not cast me out from before you and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not force me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Cast me not away from Thy presence; And take not Thy holy spirit from me.

New American Standard 1977
Do not cast me away from Thy presence,
            And do not take Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Cast me not away from thy presence and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.

King James 2000 Bible
Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your holy Spirit from me.

American King James Version
Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your holy spirit from me.

American Standard Version
Cast me not away from thy presence; And take not thy holy Spirit from me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Cast me not away from thy face; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Darby Bible Translation
Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not the spirit of thy holiness from me.

English Revised Version
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

World English Bible
Don't throw me from your presence, and don't take your holy Spirit from me.

Young's Literal Translation
Cast me not forth from Thy presence, And Thy Holy Spirit take not from me.
Study Bible
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
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. 12Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.…
Cross References
2 Kings 13:23
But the LORD was gracious to them and had compassion on them and turned to them because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them or cast them from His presence until now.

2 Kings 24:20
For through the anger of the LORD this came about in Jerusalem and Judah until He cast them out from His presence. And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

Isaiah 63:10
But they rebelled And grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them.

Isaiah 63:11
Then His people remembered the days of old, of Moses. Where is He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of His flock? Where is He who put His Holy Spirit in the midst of them,

Jeremiah 7:15
"I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, all the offspring of Ephraim.
Treasury of Scripture

Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your holy spirit from me.

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Psalm 43:2 For you are the God of my strength: why do you cast me off? why go …

Psalm 71:9,18 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength fails…

Genesis 4:14 Behold, you have driven me out this day from the face of the earth; …

2 Kings 13:23 And the LORD was gracious to them, and had compassion on them, and …

2 Kings 17:18-23 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out …

2 Kings 23:27 And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I …

2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence …

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Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for …

Judges 13:25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp …

Judges 15:14 And when he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and …

Judges 16:20 And she said, The Philistines be on you, Samson. And he awoke out …

1 Samuel 10:10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets …

1 Samuel 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit …

2 Samuel 7:15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, …

Isaiah 63:10,11 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned …

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Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children…

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will …

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit …

Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the …

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to …

(11) Cast me not away.--This phrase is used of the formal rejection of Israel by the God of the covenant (2Kings 13:23; 2Kings 17:20; 2Kings 24:20; Jeremiah 7:15). Its use here not only confirms the explanation of the notes above, but makes in favour of understanding the whole psalm of the community.

Take not thy holy spirit.--Commentators have discussed whether this means the spirit of office given to the king on his anointing (1Samuel 16:13), or of grace, and Calvinists and Lutherans have made the text a battle-ground of controversy. Plainly, as the parallelism shows, the petition is equivalent to a prayer against rejection from the Divine favour, and is not to be pressed into any doctrinal discussion.

Verse 11. - Cast me not away from thy presence. To he "cast away from God's presence" is to be altogether cast out of his covenant, made an alien from him, deprived of his favour and the light of his countenance (see Genesis 4:14; 2 Kings 13:23). The psalmist deprecates so terrible a punishment, although he feels that he has deserved it. And take not thy Holy Spirit from me. God's Holy Spirit had been poured upon David when he was first anointed by Samuel to the kingly office (1 Samuel 16:13). His great sins had undoubtedly "grieved" and vexed the Spirit; and, had they been continued or not repented of, would have caused him to withdraw himself; but they had not "wholly quenched the Spirit" (1 Thessalonians 5:19). David was therefore able to pray, as he does, that the Holy Spirit of God might still be vouchsafed to him, and not be "taken away," as from one wholly unworthy. Cast me not away from thy presence,.... As abominable; as a vessel in which he had no pleasure; with indignation and wrath; as one that is angry with another, cannot bear him in his sight, but bids him be gone from him. Nothing is more desirable to a child of God than the presence of God; and nothing gives him more sensible pain than his absence; and even to be deprived of or denied the means of enjoying his presence the word and ordinances, makes them very uneasy: to be utterly, and for ever deprived of it, is the case of the damned in hell, and is the punishment of loss they sustain; and, on the other hand, the happiness of the saints in heaven is to enjoy it without interruption. The people of God are never cast away from his favour, or out of his heart's love; but they may for a while be without his gracious presence, or not see his face, nor have the light of his countenance, nor sensible communion with him, which is here deprecated. David might call to mind the case of Cain, Genesis 4:14; or rather the more recent one of Saul, whom the Lord rejected, and from whom he departed upon his sinning, and which he might fear would be his case, 1 Samuel 28:15;

and take not thy Holy Spirit from me; or "the Spirit of thine holiness"; the third Person in the Trinity; so called, not because this epithet of "holy" is peculiar to him; for it is used also of the Father, and of the Son, John 17:11; but because he is equally holy with them, and is the author of holiness in his people, which is therefore called the sanctification of the Spirit, 1 Peter 1:2; and without whom David knew that purity and holiness of heart and spirit he had desired could not be renewed and increased in him; and therefore deprecates the taking of him away; which shows that he was not as yet removed from him, not with standing he had fallen into great sins; and his sense of sin, and confession of it, and his fervent application for pardoning grace, and purity of heart, abundantly prove it. The Spirit of God is a gift of his, which is without repentance, and where he once is as a spirit of regeneration and sanctification, he ever abides: his external gifts may be taken away; but internal grace is an incorruptible seed, and always continues. By sin the Spirit of God may be grieved, so as to withdraw his gracious influences, and his powerful operations may not be felt; and this is what is here deprecated. The Targum interprets this of the spirit of prophecy which David had, by which he composed psalms and songs prophetic of Christ, and of Gospel times, and which was not taken away from him; see 2 Samuel 23:1. 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?
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