Psalm 51:17
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New International Version
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

New Living Translation
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

English Standard Version
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

New American Standard Bible
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

King James Bible
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.

International Standard Version
True sacrifice to God is a broken spirit. A broken and chastened heart, God, you will not despise.

NET Bible
The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit--O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The sacrifices of God are a humble spirit; God does not reject a broken heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. O God, you do not despise a broken and sorrowful heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

King James 2000 Bible
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

American King James Version
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

American Standard Version
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Darby Bible Translation
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

English Revised Version
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Webster's Bible Translation
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

World English Bible
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Young's Literal Translation
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A heart broken and bruised, O God, Thou dost not despise.
Parallel Commentaries
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 17. - The sacrifices of God; i.e. the sacrifices which God really values and desires. Are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. "The contrite heart," says Hengstenberg, "denotes deep but soft and mild distress." It sets up no wild shriekings, no howls, like those of Oriental fanatics. But it nourishes a sorrow that is deep and persistent. The joy on account of forgiveness and restoration to favour does not exclude continued pain on account of past sin.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,.... That is humbled under a sense of sin; has true repentance for it; is smitten, wounded, and broken with it, by the word of God in the hand of the Spirit, which is a hammer to break the rock in pieces; and that not merely in a legal, but in an evangelical way; grieving for sin as committed against a God of love; broken and melted down under a sense of it, in a view of pardoning grace; and mourning for it, while beholding a pierced and wounded Saviour: the sacrifices of such a broken heart and contrite spirit are the sacrifices God desires, approves, accepts of, and delights in;

a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise; but regard, and receive with pleasure; see Psalm 102:17; the Lord binds up and heals such broken hearts and spirits, Psalm 147:3; he is nigh to such persons, looks upon them, has respect unto them, and comes and dwells among them, Psalm 34:18.



Psalm 51:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
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. 18By Your favor do good to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem.…
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.

2 Kings 22:19
Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people--that they would become a curse and be laid waste--and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the LORD.

Psalm 34:18
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 57:15
For this is what the high and exalted One says-- he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.

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.

Joel 2:13
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

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?

Malachi 3:4
and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years.
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The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

sacrifices

Psalm 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare …

Mark 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, …

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you …

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus …

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

1 Peter 2:5 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy …

a broken spirit

Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such …

Psalm 147:3 He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.

2 Kings 22:19 Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have …

Ezekiel 9:3,4,6 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon …

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 18:11-14 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, …

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Psalm 22:24 For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; …

Psalm 102:17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

2 Chronicles 33:12,13 And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled …

Amos 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn …

Luke 7:39-50 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spoke within …

Luke 15:2-7,10,21-32 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receives …

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