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].

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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. This is the inward conviction of every simple, unsophisticated soul. It is confirmed by numerous passages of Holy Writ (Job 27:9; Job 31:27; Proverbs 15:29; Proverbs 28:9; Isaiah 1:15; Zechariah 7:13; John 9:31, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If I regard iniquity in my heart,.... There was iniquity in his heart, as there is in every good man's heart, and a great deal too; it is full of it; and it should be regarded in some sense, so as to guard against it, and pray to be kept from it, that it may not break forth into action; and so as to loath it, abhor it, and be humbled for it; but not so as to nourish and cherish it, to take delight and pleasure in it: or "if I look upon it" (h), as it may be rendered; that is, with approbation of it, and satisfaction in it, and ordered his conversation according to it; or acted the deceitful and hypocritical part in prayer; or had any evil intention in his petitions, to consume on his lusts what he asked for;

the Lord will not hear me; for the Lord hears not sinners that delight in sin, and live in it; neither profane sinners nor hypocrites; see John 9:31.

(h) "si vidi", Pagninus, Montanus; "si aspexi", V. L. "si conspexi", Gejerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. If I regard iniquity in my heart—literally, "see iniquity with pleasure."

Psalm 66:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
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.…
Cross References
John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.

James 4:3
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Deuteronomy 1:45
You came back and wept before the LORD, but he paid no attention to your weeping and turned a deaf ear to you.

Job 27:9
Does God listen to their cry when distress comes upon them?

Job 36:21
Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.

Psalm 18:23
I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.

Psalm 18:41
They cried for help, but there was no one to save them-- to the LORD, but he did not answer.

Proverbs 1:28
"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me,

Proverbs 28:9
If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

Isaiah 1:15
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!

Jeremiah 11:14
"Do not pray for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress.
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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