Psalm 51:14
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New International Version
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

New Living Translation
Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.

English Standard Version
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.

New American Standard Bible
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

King James Bible
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness.

International Standard Version
Deliver me from the guilt of shedding blood, God, God of my salvation. Then my tongue will sing about your righteousness.

NET Bible
Rescue me from the guilt of murder, O God, the God who delivers me! Then my tongue will shout for joy because of your deliverance.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Save me from blood, my God, God of my salvation, and my tongue will praise your righteousness!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Rescue me from the guilt of murder, O God, my savior. Let my tongue sing joyfully about your righteousness!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

King James 2000 Bible
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

American King James Version
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, you God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

American Standard Version
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; And my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Deliver me from blood, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall extol thy justice.

Darby Bible Translation
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

English Revised Version
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

World English Bible
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation. My tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
Deliver me from blood, O God, God of my salvation, My tongue singeth of Thy righteousness.
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 14. - Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God. In David's mouth this prayer is readily intelligible. In that of Babylonian exiles, the victims of oppression and wrong, it would be most extraordinary. Thou God of my salvation (comp. Psalm 18:46; Psalm 25:5; Psalm 27:9: 88:1, etc.). And my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. In further acknowledgment of God's goodness, and as, in some sort, a return for it, David will employ himself in singing the praises of God (see his many psalms of praise) and will especially exalt God's righteousness. "Jehovah," as Professor Cheyne observes, "is equally righteous when he sends and when he removes chastisements."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Deliver me from blood guiltiness,.... Or "from bloods" (q); meaning not the corruption of nature; see Ezekiel 16:6; though to be rid of that, and to be free from the guilt and condemnation of it, is very desirable, Romans 7:24; but either from capital punishment in his family, the effusion of blood and slaughter in it, threatened him on account of his sin, 2 Samuel 12:10. So the Targum is,

"deliver me from the judgment of slaying or killing;''

or rather from the guilt of the blood of Uriah, and other servants of his, he had been the occasion of shedding, and was chargeable with, being accessary thereunto, 2 Samuel 11:15; which lay heavy upon his conscience, pressed him on every side, as if he was in prison, and brought upon him a spirit of bondage to fear; and therefore he prays to be delivered from it, by the application of pardoning grace, which would be like proclaiming liberty to the captive;

O God, thou God of my salvation; who has contrived it for his people, chosen them to it, secured it for them in covenant, and provided his Son to be the author of it, and sends his Spirit to apply it. The psalmist knew, that being God he could pardon his sin, remove his guilt, and free him from obligation to punishment, which none else could; and being the "God of his salvation", and his covenant God, he had reason to hope and believe he would;

and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness; goodness, grace, and mercy, in forgiving sin; for "righteousness" sometimes designs clemency, goodness, and mercy; see Psalm 31:1; and faithfulness in making good the divine promise to forgive such who are sensible of sin, and repent of it, acknowledge it, and ask for mercy; or the righteousness of Christ, well known to David, Romans 4:6; which justifies from all sin, removes the guilt of it, and fills the soul with joy and gladness, Isaiah 61:10.

(q) "de sanguinibus", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Vatablus, Musculus; so Ainsworth.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. Deliver—or, "Free me" (Ps 39:8) from the guilt of murder (2Sa 12:9, 10; Ps 5:6).

righteousness—as in Ps 7:17; 31:1.

Psalm 51:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
13Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You. 14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. 15O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 12:9
Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.

Psalm 18:46
The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!

Psalm 25:5
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

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

Psalm 35:28
My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.

Psalm 39:8
Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.

Psalm 71:15
My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long-- though I know not how to relate them all.

Psalm 71:16
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.

Psalm 81:1
For the director of music. According to gittith. Of Asaph. Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!

Psalm 101:1
Of David. A psalm. I will sing of your love and justice; to you, LORD, I will sing praise.

Psalm 119:172
May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.

Psalm 126:2
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."

Psalm 145:7
They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

Daniel 9:14
The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.
Treasury of Scripture

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, you God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

Deliver

Psalm 26:9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

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

Genesis 9:6 Whoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in …

Genesis 42:22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spoke I not to you, saying, Do …

2 Samuel 3:28 And afterward when David heard it, he said…

2 Samuel 11:15-17 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set you Uriah in the forefront …

2 Samuel 12:9 Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in …

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

bloodguiltiness [heb.] bloods

Ezekiel 33:8 When I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die; if …

Hosea 4:2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing …

Acts 18:6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, …

Acts 20:26 Why I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

thou God

Psalm 38:22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

Psalm 68:20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and to GOD the Lord belong …

Psalm 88:1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you:

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for …

Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: …

Habakkuk 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

tongue

Psalm 35:28 And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise …

Psalm 71:15-24 My mouth shall show forth your righteousness and your salvation all …

Psalm 86:12,13 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify …

righteousness

Ezra 9:13 And after all that is come on us for our evil deeds, and for our …

Nehemiah 9:33 However, you are just in all that is brought on us; for you have …

Daniel 9:7,16 O LORD, righteousness belongs to you, but to us confusion of faces, …

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

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