Psalm 51:6
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New International Version
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

New Living Translation
But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.

English Standard Version
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

New American Standard Bible
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.

King James Bible
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Surely You desire integrity in the inner self, and You teach me wisdom deep within.

International Standard Version
Indeed, you are pleased with truth in the inner person, and you will teach me wisdom in my innermost parts.

NET Bible
Look, you desire integrity in the inner man; you want me to possess wisdom.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you have desired the truth and you have shown me the hidden things of your wisdom.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, you desire truth and sincerity. Deep down inside me you teach me wisdom.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, thou dost desire truth in the inward parts, and in the secret things thou hast made me to know wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part you shall make me to know wisdom.

American King James Version
Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part you shall make me to know wisdom.

American Standard Version
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; And in the hidden part thou wilt make me to know wisdom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For behold thou hast loved truth: the uncertain and hidden things of thy wisdom thou hast made manifest to me.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, thou wilt have truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden [part] thou wilt make me to know wisdom.

English Revised Version
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

World English Bible
Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts. You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, truth Thou hast desired in the inward parts, And in the hidden part Wisdom Thou causest me to know.
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts (comp. Job 38:36). God requires not merely such purity as might be attained by the use of legal and ritual methods; but true inward purity of thought and heart, which is a very different matter. And in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom; rather, do thou make me. An optative, according to Professor Cheyne. The meaning is, "As nothing will content thee but this perfect, inward purity, do thou give me into my heart its fundamental principle-wisdom, or the fear of God."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts,.... With delight and pleasure, as the word (d) signifies: meaning either Christ, the truth and the life, formed and dwelling in the hearts of his people; or the Gospel, the word of truth, which has a place there; and particularly that branch of it which proclaims pardon to sensible sinners, and is the ground of hope within them: or else a true and hearty confession of sin, which David now made; or rather internal holiness and purity of heart, in opposition to the corruption of nature before acknowledged: this is what is agreeable to the nature of God, is required by his holy law, and is wrought in the hearts of his people in regeneration; and this is "truth", real, and not imaginary, genuine and unfeigned; where it is there is a true sense of sin, a right sight of Christ, unfeigned faith in him, sincere love to him, hope in him without hypocrisy, and a reverential fear of God upon the heart; the inward parts are the seat of all this, and in the exercise of it the Lord takes great delight and pleasure;

and in the hidden part thou shall make me to know wisdom; either Christ, the wisdom of God; or the Gospel, and particularly that part of it which concerns the pardon of sin; or a true knowledge of sin, and of the way of life and salvation by Christ, which is the truest and highest wisdom: and the phrase "hidden" or "secret" may either denote the nature of the wisdom made known, which is hidden wisdom, the wisdom of God in a mystery; or the manner in which it is made known; it is in a hidden way, privately, and secretly, and indiscernibly like the wind, by the Spirit and grace of God; or the seat and subject of it, "the hidden part", as we supply it; the hidden man of the heart. David begins to rise in the exercise of his faith in the grace of God, "thou shall make me to know", &c. unless the words should be rendered as a prayer, as they are by some, "make me to know" (e), &c. and as are the following.

(d) "delectaris", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "delectatus es", Cocceius; so Ainsworth. (e) "notam mihi fac", Gejerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. thou shalt make, &c.—may be taken to express God's gracious purpose in view of His strict requisition; a purpose of which David might have availed himself as a check to his native love for sin, and, in not doing so, aggravated his guilt.

truth … and …wisdom—are terms often used for piety (compare Job 28:28; Ps 119:30).

Psalm 51:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
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. 7Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.…
Cross References
James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Job 38:36
Who gives the ibis wisdom or gives the rooster understanding?

Psalm 15:2
The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;

Proverbs 2:6
For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Ecclesiastes 2:26
To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part you shall make me to know wisdom.

Behold

Psalm 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

Psalm 125:4 Do good, O LORD, to those that be good, and to them that are upright …

Genesis 20:5,6 Said he not to me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, …

2 Kings 20:3 I beseech you, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before you …

1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in …

2 Chronicles 31:20,21 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and worked that which …

Proverbs 2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

Jeremiah 5:3 O LORD, are not your eyes on the truth? you have stricken them, but …

John 4:23,24 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

inward

Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is …

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the …

Job 38:36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? or who has given understanding …

Luke 11:39 And the Lord said to him, Now do you Pharisees make clean the outside …

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

in the hidden

Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty …

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of …

Jeremiah 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not …

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

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