Psalm 7:9
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New International Version
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure-- you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.

New Living Translation
End the evil of those who are wicked, and defend the righteous. For you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God.

English Standard Version
Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous— you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!

New American Standard Bible
O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.

King James Bible
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous. The One who examines the thoughts and emotions is a righteous God.

International Standard Version
Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous. For you are the righteous God who discerns the inner thoughts.

NET Bible
May the evil deeds of the wicked come to an end! But make the innocent secure, O righteous God, you who examine inner thoughts and motives!

New Heart English Bible
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous. The righteous God tests hearts and minds.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let evil be spent upon the wicked and establish the righteous; God, the Righteous One proves the heart and the kidneys.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let the evil within wicked people come to an end, but make the righteous person secure, O righteous God who examines thoughts and emotions.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Oh that a full measure of evil might come upon the wicked, And that Thou wouldest establish the righteous; For the righteous God trieth the heart and reins.

New American Standard 1977
O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous;
            For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let wickedness consume the wicked; but establish the just: for the righteous God is he who tries the hearts and kidneys.

King James 2000 Bible
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God tests the minds and hearts.

American King James Version
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God tries the hearts and reins.

American Standard Version
O let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish thou the righteous: For the righteous God trieth the minds and hearts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wickedness of sinners shall be brought to nought: and thou shalt direct the just: the searcher of hearts and reins is God.

Darby Bible Translation
Oh let the wrong of the wicked come to an end, and establish thou the righteous [man]; even thou that triest the hearts and reins, the righteous God.

English Revised Version
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish thou the righteous: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

Webster's Bible Translation
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

World English Bible
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; their minds and hearts are searched by the righteous God.

Young's Literal Translation
Let, I pray Thee be ended the evil of the wicked, And establish Thou the righteous, And a trier of hearts and reins is the righteous God.
Study Bible
I Take Refuge in You
8The LORD judges the peoples; Vindicate me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me. 9O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds. 10My shield is with God, Who saves the upright in heart.…
Cross References
Revelation 2:23
Then I will strike her children dead, and all the churches will know that I am the One who searches minds and hearts, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

Job 23:10
"But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Psalm 11:4
The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD'S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.

Psalm 11:5
The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates.

Psalm 11:7
For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.

Psalm 26:2
Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.

Psalm 34:21
Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

Psalm 37:23
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.

Psalm 40:2
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.

Psalm 66:10
For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined.
Treasury of Scripture

Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God tries the hearts and reins.

Oh

Psalm 9:5,6 You have rebuked the heathen, you have destroyed the wicked, you …

Psalm 10:15,18 Break you the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness …

Psalm 58:6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth …

Psalm 74:10,11,22,23 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme …

Isaiah 37:36-38 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the …

Daniel 11:45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas …

Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave …

but

Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way.

Psalm 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, …

1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent …

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before …

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory …

Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them …

for

Psalm 17:3 You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have …

Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.

Psalm 139:1 O lord, you have searched me, and known me.

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

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

Jeremiah 11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judge righteously, that try the reins …

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every …

Jeremiah 20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, that try the righteous, and see the reins and …

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

(9) Establish.--Literally, let him stand erect.

For the righteous God trieth.--Better, thou trier of hearts and reins, thou just God. The Hebrew word translated try is used, like it, for testing metals (Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 17:3).

Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end,.... Which will not be till the measure of it is fully up, and that will not be till the wicked are no more; for, as long as they are in the world they will be committing wickedness, and like the troubled sea continually cast up the mire and dirt of sin; and they will remain to the end of the world, till the new Jerusalem church state shall take place, when all the Lord's people will be righteous, and there will not be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts, nor a pricking brier or grieving thorn in all the land; for, in the new earth will no sinner be, but righteous persons only; and for this state the psalmist may be thought to pray; however by this petition and the following he expresses his hatred of sin and love of righteousness: some choose to render the words (c), "let wickedness now consume the wicked"; as in the issue it will, unless the grace of God takes place; some sins consume the bodies, others the estates of wicked men, and some both; and all are the means of destroying both body and soul in hell, if grace prevent not; this may be considered as a declaration of what will be, being a prophetic petition (d);

but establish the just; or righteous one; meaning himself, and every other who is made righteous, not by his own righteousness, but by the righteousness of Christ imputed to him; and who needs not to have his righteousness established, which is in itself stable, firm, and sure, and cannot be more so; it is an everlasting one, and cannot be abolished, but abides for ever, and will answer for him in a time to come; but his faith to be established more and more in its exercise on this righteousness: nor do the persons of the just need establishing, or can they be more stable than they are, as considered in Christ, as they are the objects of God's everlasting love, secured in the covenant of grace, and built on Christ the foundation; but the graces of faith, hope, and love, need daily establishing on their proper object, they being weak, fickle, and inconstant in their acts; and the saints need more and more establishing in the doctrines of the Gospel, and in their adherence to the cause of God and Christ and true religion; and it is God's work to establish them, to whom the psalmist applies; see 1 Peter 5:10;

for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins; he is righteous himself in his nature, and in all his works, and he knows who are righteous and who are wicked; he knows the hearts, thoughts, affections, and inward principles of all men, and the springs of all their actions; he looks not at outward appearances, but at the heart; and as he can distinguish between the one and the other, he is capable of punishing the wicked and of confirming the righteous, consistent with the truth of his perfections.

(c) "consumat nunc vel quaeso malum impios", Muscuius, Vatablus, so Jarchi, Kimchi, & Ben Melech. (d) "Consumat nunc malum impios", Pagninus, Montanus, Hammond; so Obadiah Gaon. 9. the hearts and reins—the affections and motives of men, or the seat of them (compare Ps 16:7; 26:2); as we use heart and bosom or breast.7:1-9 David flees to God for succour. But Christ alone could call on Heaven to attest his uprightness in all things. All His works were wrought in righteousness; and the prince of this world found nothing whereof justly to accuse him. Yet for our sakes, submitting to be charged as guilty, he suffered all evils, but, being innocent, he triumphed over them all. The plea is, For the righteous God trieth the hearts and the reins. He knows the secret wickedness of the wicked, and how to bring it to an end; he is witness to the secret sincerity of the just, and has ways of establishing it. When a man has made peace with God about all his sins, upon the terms of grace and mercy, through the sacrifice of the Mediator, he may, in comparison with his enemies, appeal to God's justice to decide.
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