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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.

New American Standard 1977
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
            A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.

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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
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
Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.

2 Kings 22:19
because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you," declares the LORD.

Psalm 34:18
The LORD is near 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 thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order 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, "Take away all iniquity And receive us graciously, That we may present the fruit of our lips.

Joel 2:13
And rend your heart and not your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil.

Micah 6:6
With what shall I come to the LORD And bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, With yearling calves?

Malachi 3:4
"Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
Treasury of Scripture

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, …

thou

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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