Psalm 51:5
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New International Version
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

New Living Translation
For I was born a sinner--yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

English Standard Version
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

New American Standard Bible
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.

King James Bible
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

International Standard Version
Indeed, in iniquity I was brought forth; in sin my mother conceived me.

NET Bible
Look, I was guilty of sin from birth, a sinner the moment my mother conceived me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because in evil I was formed in the womb and in sin my mother conceived me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Indeed, I was born guilty. I was a sinner when my mother conceived me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin did my mother conceive me.

New American Standard 1977
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
            And in sin my mother conceived me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, the pain of my iniquity has caused me to writhe; my mother conceived me so that sin might be removed from me.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

American King James Version
Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

American Standard Version
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For behold I was conceived in iniquities; and in sins did my mother conceive me.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, in iniquity was I brought forth, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

English Revised Version
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

World English Bible
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity. In sin my mother conceived me.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, in iniquity I have been brought forth, And in sin doth my mother conceive me.
Study Bible
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
4Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge. 5Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. 6Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.…
Word Study

Behold I was shapen
chuwl  (khool)
to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), i.e. (specifically) to dance, to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) or fear; figuratively, to wait, to pervert

in iniquity
`avon  (aw-vone')
perversity, i.e. (moral) evil -- fault, iniquity, mischeif, punishment (of iniquity), sin.

and in sin
chet'  (khate)
a crime or its penalty -- fault, grievously, offence, (punishment of) sin.

did my mother
'em  (ame)
a mother (as the bond of the family); in a wide sense (both literally and figuratively) -- dam, mother, parting.

conceive
yacham  (yaw-kham')
probably to be hot; figuratively, to conceive -- get heat, be hot, conceive, be warm.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
51:1-6 David, being convinced of his sin, poured out his soul to God in prayer for mercy and grace. Whither should backsliding children return, but to the Lord their God, who alone can heal them? he drew up, by Divine teaching, an account of the workings of his heart toward God. Those that truly repent of their sins, will not be ashamed to own their repentance. Also, he instructs others what to do, and what to say. David had not only done much, but suffered much in the cause of God; yet he flees to God's infinite mercy, and depends upon that alone for pardon and peace. He begs the pardon of sin. The blood of Christ, sprinkled upon the conscience, blots out the transgression, and, having reconciled us to God, reconciles us to ourselves. The believer longs to have the whole debt of his sins blotted out, and every stain cleansed; he would be thoroughly washed from all his sins; but the hypocrite always has some secret reserve, and would have some favorite lust spared. David had such a deep sense of his sin, that he was continually thinking of it, with sorrow and shame. His sin was committed against God, whose truth we deny by wilful sin; with him we deal deceitfully. And the truly penitent will ever trace back the streams of actual sin to the fountain of original depravity. He confesses his original corruption. This is that foolishness which is bound in the heart of a child, that proneness to evil, and that backwardness to good, which is the burden of the regenerate, and the ruin of the unregenerate. He is encouraged, in his repentance, to hope that God would graciously accept him. Thou desirest truth in the inward part; to this God looks, in a returning sinner. Where there is truth, God will give wisdom. Those who sincerely endeavour to do their duty shall be taught their duty; but they will expect good only from Divine grace overcoming their corrupt nature.
Cross References
Ephesians 2:3
We all lived among them at one time in the cravings of our flesh, indulging its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature children of wrath.

Genesis 8:21
The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

2 Samuel 11:27
When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD.

Job 14:4
"Who can make the clean out of the unclean? No one!

Job 15:14
"What is man, that he should be pure, Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

Psalm 58:3
The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

sharpen

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as …

Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his …

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, …

Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

Job 15:14-16 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, …

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born …

Romans 5:12 Why, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; …

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the …

conceive [heb.] warm

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