New American Standard Bible
He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil.
King James Bible
He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
Darby Bible Translation
He deviseth wickedness up on his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good: he abhorreth not evil.
World English Bible
He plots iniquity on his bed. He sets himself in a way that is not good. He doesn't abhor evil.
Young's Literal Translation
Iniquity he deviseth on his bed, He stationeth himself on a way not good, Evil he doth not refuse.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He deviseth mischief upon his bed - Margin, as in Hebrew: "vanity." That is, when he lies down; when he is wakeful at night; he plots some scheme of iniquity - some vain, wicked enterprise. So in Proverbs 4:16, "For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall."
He setteth himself - That is, he takes his stand or his position; he assumes this attitude. See Psalm 2:2, "The kings of the earth "set themselves,"" where the same word occurs. The meaning is that what is done by him is the result of a calm and deliberate purpose. It is not the effect of passion or temporary excitement, but it is a deliberate act in which the mind is made up to do the thing. The conduct here referred to is thus distinguished from rash and hasty acts, showing that this is the settled character of the man.
In a way that is not good - In a bad or wicked way; in a way in which no good can be found; in conduct which allows of no redeeming or mitigating circumstances, and for which there can be no apology.
He abhorreth not evil - He has no aversion to evil. He is not in any manner deterred from doing anything because it is wrong. The fact that it is sinful is not allowed to be a consideration affecting his mind in determining what he shall do. In other words, the moral quality of an action does not influence him at all in making up his mind as to how he shall act. If it is right, it is by accident, and not because he prefers the right; if it is wrong, that fact does not in any way hinder him from carrying his purpose into execution. This is, of course, the very essence of depravity.
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Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.
Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars.
For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
"I have spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, Who walk in the way which is not good, following their own thoughts,
'Thus says the Lord GOD, "It will come about on that day, that thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil plan,
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