Psalm 51:16
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New International Version
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

New Living Translation
You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering.

English Standard Version
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.

New American Standard Bible
For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.

King James Bible
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering.

International Standard Version
Indeed, you do not delight in sacrifices, or I would give them, nor do you desire burnt offerings.

NET Bible
Certainly you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it; you do not desire a burnt sacrifice.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because you have not desired sacrifices, neither have you chosen burnt offerings.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You are not happy with any sacrifice. Otherwise, I would offer one [to you]. You are not pleased with burnt offerings.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thou dost not desire sacrifice or else would I give it; thou dost not delight in burnt offering.

King James 2000 Bible
For you desire not sacrifice; else would I give it: you delight not in burnt offering.

American King James Version
For you desire not sacrifice; else would I give it: you delight not in burnt offering.

American Standard Version
For thou delightest not in sacrifice; else would I give it: Thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted.

Darby Bible Translation
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering.

English Revised Version
For thou delightest not in sacrifice; else would I give it: thou hast no pleasure in burnt offering.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou desirest not sacrifice: else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt-offering.

World English Bible
For you don't delight in sacrifice, or else I would give it. You have no pleasure in burnt offering.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thou desirest not sacrifice, or I give it, Burnt-offering Thou acceptest not.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

51:16-19 Those who are thoroughly convinced of their misery and danger by sin, would spare no cost to obtain the remission of it. But as they cannot make satisfaction for sin, so God cannot take any satisfaction in them, otherwise than as expressing love and duty to him. The good work wrought in every true penitent, is a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, and sorrow for sin. It is a heart that is tender, and pliable to God's word. Oh that there were such a heart in every one of us! God is graciously pleased to accept this; it is instead of all burnt-offering and sacrifice. The broken heart is acceptable to God only through Jesus Christ; there is no true repentance without faith in him. Men despise that which is broken, but God will not. He will not overlook it, he will not refuse or reject it; though it makes God no satisfaction for the wrong done to him by sin. Those who have been in spiritual troubles, know how to pity and pray for others afflicted in like manner. David was afraid lest his sin should bring judgements upon the city and kingdom. No personal fears or troubles of conscience can make the soul, which has received grace, careless about the interests of the church of God. And let this be the continued joy of all the redeemed, that they have redemption through the blood of Christ, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it. If there had been any sacrifices which God desired or required for such offences as adultery and murder, David would have willingly offered them. But there were none. As Hammond observes, "The Mosaical Law allows no reconciliation, no sacrifice, for such sins." Thou delightest not in burnt offering. In the mere act of sacrifice - the untimely slaying of his own creatures - God could at no time have had any pleasure. His satisfaction could only arise from the spirit in which sacrifices were offered - the gratitude, devotion, self-renunciation, obedience, of those who approached him with them (comp. Psalm 40:6; Psalm 50:8-13; Isaiah 1:11-17, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For thou desirest not sacrifice,.... Legal sacrifice; for there was no sacrifice appointed under the law for murder and adultery;

else would I give it; he would gladly have offered it up;

thou delightest not in burnt offering; at least such kind of sacrifices, though they were of divine appointment, and at that time in full force and use; yet they were not the only and principal sacrifices God desired and delighted in; nor were they at all acceptable to him without faith in Christ, and an humble sense of sin; and when offered in the best manner, yet spiritual obedience, acts of mercy, and sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, were more pleasing to him, 1 Samuel 15:15; wherefore the psalmist proposed to offer praise in Psalm 51:15, and adds what follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Praise is better than sacrifice (Ps 50:14), and implying faith, penitence, and love, glorifies God. In true penitents the joys of pardon mingle with sorrow for sin.

Psalm 51:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
15O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise. 16For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. 17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 15:22
But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

Psalm 40:6
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire-- but my ears you have opened -- burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.

Psalm 50:8
I bring no charges against you concerning your sacrifices or concerning your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.

Psalm 69:31
This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.

Jeremiah 7:22
For when I brought your ancestors out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices,

Hosea 14:2
Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: "Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.

Micah 6:6
With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
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Psalm 40:6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; my ears have you opened: …

Psalm 50:8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, …

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