New American Standard Bible
Teach me what I do not see; If I have done iniquity, I will not do it again '?
King James Bible
That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
Darby Bible Translation
What I see not, teach thou me; if I have done wrong, I will do so no more?
World English Bible
Teach me that which I don't see. If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more'?
Young's Literal Translation
Besides that which I see, shew Thou me, If iniquity I have done -- I do not add?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
That which I see not, teach thou me - That is, in regard to my errors and sins. No prayer could be more appropriate than this. It is language becoming every one who is afflicted, and who does not see clearly the reason why it is done. The sense is, that with a full belief that he is liable to error and sin, that he has a wicked and deceitful heart, and that God never afflicts without reason, he should go to him and ask him to show him "why" he has afflicted him. He should not complain or repine; he should not accuse God of injustice or partiality; he should not attempt to cloak his offences, but should go and entreat him to make him acquainted with the sins of heart and life which have led to these calamities. Then only will he be in a state of mind in which he will be likely to be profited by trials.
If I have done iniquity, I will do no more - Admitting the possibility that he had erred. Who is there that cannot appropriately use this language when he is afflicted?
DEAR FRIENDS, it is never wise to dispute with God. Let a man strive with his fellow, but not with his Maker. If we must discuss any point, let it be with imperfect beings like ourselves, but not with the infallible and infinitely wise God; for, in most of our discussions, these questions wilt come back to us, "Should it be according to thy mind? Art thou master? Is everyone to be subordinate to thee?" I am going to speak, this evening, to those who have a quarrel with God concerning the way of salvation. …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 46: 1900
Whether Predestination is Certain
Thoughts Upon Worldly-Riches. Sect. Ii.
Directions to Awakened Sinners.
"He will sing to men and say, 'I have sinned and perverted what is right, And it is not proper for me.
"For has anyone said to God, 'I have borne chastisement; I will not offend anymore;
O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like a luxuriant cypress; From Me comes your fruit.
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