Psalm 66:18
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New International Version
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

New Living Translation
If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

English Standard Version
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

New American Standard Bible
If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;

King James Bible
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I had been aware of malice in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

International Standard Version
Were I to cherish iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not listen to me.

NET Bible
If I had harbored sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“If you have seen evil in my heart, you will not save me, Lord Jehovah.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I had thought about doing anything sinful, the Lord would not have listened [to me].

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I had regarded iniquity in my heart, The Lord would not hear;

New American Standard 1977
If I regard wickedness in my heart,
            The Lord will not hear;

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

King James 2000 Bible
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

American King James Version
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

American Standard Version
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear:

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I have looked at iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.

Darby Bible Translation
Had I regarded iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not hear.

English Revised Version
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear:

Webster's Bible Translation
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

World English Bible
If I cherished sin in my heart, the Lord wouldn't have listened.

Young's Literal Translation
Iniquity, if I have seen in my heart, The Lord doth not hear.
Study Bible
Make a Joyful Shout to God, All the Earth!
17I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. 18If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear; 19But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.…
Word Study

If I regard
ra'ah  (raw-aw')
to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative)surely, think, view, visions.

iniquity
'aven  (aw-ven')
to come to naught); strictly nothingness; also trouble. vanity, wickedness; specifically an idol

in my heart
leb  (labe)
the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect

the Lord
'Adonay  (ad-o-noy')
the Lord (used as a proper name of God only) -- (my) Lord.

will not hear
shama`  (shaw-mah')
to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.)

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
66:13-20 We should declare unto those that fear God, what he has done for our souls, and how he has heard and answered our prayers, inviting them to join us in prayer and praise; this will turn to our mutual comfort, and to the glory of God. We cannot share these spiritual privileges, if we retain the love of sin in our hearts, though we refrain from the gross practice, Sin, regarded in the heart, will spoil the comfort and success of prayer; for the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination of the Lord. But if the feeling of sin in the heart causes desires to be rid of it; if it be the presence of one urging a demand we know we must not, cannot comply with, this is an argument of sincerity. And when we pray in simplicity and godly sincerity, our prayers will be answered. This will excite gratitude to Him who hath not turned away our prayer nor his mercy from us. It was not prayer that fetched the deliverance, but his mercy that sent it. That is the foundation of our hopes, the fountain of our comforts; and ought to be the matter of our praises.
Cross References
John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will.

James 4:3
And when you do ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may squander it on your pleasures.

Deuteronomy 1:45
"Then you returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD did not listen to your voice nor give ear to you.

Job 27:9
"Will God hear his cry When distress comes upon him?

Job 36:21
"Be careful, do not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to affliction.

Psalm 18:23
I was also blameless with Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.

Psalm 18:41
They cried for help, but there was none to save, Even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.

Proverbs 1:28
"Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,

Proverbs 28:9
He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

Isaiah 1:15
"So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.
Treasury of Scripture

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

If I regard

Job 27:8,9 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when …

Proverbs 15:8,29 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Proverbs 21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry …

Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer …

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

John 9:31 Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper …

James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume …

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