Psalm 69:28
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New International Version
May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.

New Living Translation
Erase their names from the Book of Life; don't let them be counted among the righteous.

English Standard Version
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living; let them not be enrolled among the righteous.

New American Standard Bible
May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous.

King James Bible
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let them be erased from the book of life and not be recorded with the righteous.

International Standard Version
May they be erased from the Book of Life, and their names not be written with the righteous.

NET Bible
May their names be deleted from the scroll of the living! Do not let their names be listed with the godly!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let them be blotted out from your Book of Life and let them not be written with your righteous ones.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let their [names] be erased from the Book of Life. Do not let them be listed with righteous people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living and not be written with the righteous.

King James 2000 Bible
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

American King James Version
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

American Standard Version
Let them be blotted out of the book of life, And not be written with the righteous.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living; and with the just let them not be written.

Darby Bible Translation
Let them be blotted out of the book of life, and not be written with the righteous.

English Revised Version
Let them be blotted out of the book of life, and not be written with the righteous.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

World English Bible
Let them be blotted out of the book of life, and not be written with the righteous.

Young's Literal Translation
They are blotted out of the book of life, And with the righteous are not written.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

69:22-29 These are prophecies of the destruction of Christ's persecutors. Verses 22,23, are applied to the judgments of God upon the unbelieving Jews, in Ro 11:9,10. When the supports of life and delights of sense, through the corruption of our nature, are made the food and fuel of sin, then our table is a snare. Their sin was, that they would not see, but shut their eyes against the light, loving darkness rather; their punishment was, that they should not see, but should be given up to their own hearts' lusts which hardened them. Those who reject God's great salvation proffered to them, may justly fear that his indignation will be poured out upon them. If men will sin, the Lord will reckon for it. But those that have multiplied to sin, may yet find mercy, through the righteousness of the Mediator. God shuts not out any from that righteousness; the gospel excludes none who do not, by unbelief, shut themselves out. But those who are proud and self-willed, so that they will not come in to God's righteousness, shall have their doom accordingly; they themselves decide it. Let those not expect any benefit thereby, who are not glad to be beholden to it. It is better to be poor and sorrowful, with the blessing of the Lord, than rich and jovial, and under his curse. This may be applied to Christ. He was, when on earth, a man of sorrows that had not where to lay his head; but God exalted him. Let us call upon the Lord, and though poor and sorrowful, guilty and defiled, his salvation will set us up on high.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - Let them be blotted out of the Book of the living. God is supposed to have a "book of the living" in his possession, which contains the names of all those on whom he looks with favour, and whom he will bless both in this world and beyond the grave (comp. Exodus 32:32; Psalm 86:6; Ezekiel 13:9; Daniel 12:1). From this list, as from any register of earthly citizenship, the names of the unworthy may be erased. David prays for the erasure of the names of those unworthy ones against whom his imprecations are uttered. And not be written with the righteous; i.e. not remain written in the book side by side with the names of the righteous. The New Testament, no less than the Old, tells of this book (see Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 13:8; Revelation 20:12; Revelation 21:27).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let them be blotted out of the book of life,.... Which some understand of this animal life, or of the catalogue of living saints; of their being not written among the living in Jerusalem, or in the writing of the house of Israel, Isaiah 4:3. The Targum is,

"let them he blotted out of the book of the memory of the living.''

Let their names rot and perish, being buried in everlasting oblivion. Aben Ezra interprets this book of the heavens; where, he says, all things that should come to pass were written, at the time they were created; see Luke 10:20. But this is the book of divine predestination or election, often in the New Testament called the book of life; in which the names of some persons are written, and others not, Philippians 4:3; so called, not with respect to the present life, and the affairs of it, which belong to the book of Providence; but with respect to the life of the world to come, or eternal life, as Kimchi explains it. It is no other than God's ordination or foreappointment of men to eternal life; which being called a book, and names written in it, show that election is personal or particular; the exact knowledge God has of his chosen ones; his great care of them, and value for them; his constant remembrance of them, and the certainty of their salvation; for such whose names are written here in reality can never be blotted out: this would be contrary to the unchangeableness of God, the firmness of his purposes, and the safety of his people. Wherefore the design of this imprecation is, that those persons who had, in their own conceits, and in the apprehensions of others, a name in this book; that it might appear, both to themselves and others, they had none, by the awful ruin and destruction that should be brought upon them;

and not be written with the righteous; neither in the book of life with them; by which it appears, that to be blotted out, and not be written, are the same: nor in a Gospel church state; so they were the branches broken off: nor be among them at the resurrection of the just, and in the judgment day. Kimchi observes, that it is the same thing in different words; to be blotted out is the same as not to be written.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. book of the living—or "life," with the next clause, a figurative mode of representing those saved, as having their names in a register (compare Ex 32:32; Isa 4:3).

Psalm 69:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
I Endure Scorn for Your Sake
27Add iniquity to their iniquity, And may they not come into Your righteousness. 28May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous. 29But I am afflicted and in pain; May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high.…
Cross References
Luke 10:20
However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

Luke 24:44
He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms."

Philippians 4:3
Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Hebrews 12:23
to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

Revelation 3:5
The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.

Revelation 13:8
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the Lamb's book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.

Revelation 17:8
The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.

Revelation 20:15
Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Exodus 32:32
But now, please forgive their sin--but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written."

Exodus 32:33
The LORD replied to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book.

Nehemiah 4:5
Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.

Psalm 9:5
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.

Psalm 87:6
The LORD will write in the register of the peoples: "This one was born in Zion."

Isaiah 4:3
Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 13:9
My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.
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Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

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Exodus 32:32,33 Yet now, if you will forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I …

Isaiah 65:16 That he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the …

Hosea 1:9 Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for you are not my people, and …

Revelation 3:5 He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and …

Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this …

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Isaiah 4:3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that …

Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce …

Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject …

Philippians 4:3 And I entreat you also, true yoke fellow, help those women which …

Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written …

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him…

Revelation 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books …

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