New American Standard Bible
Our heart has not turned back, And our steps have not deviated from Your way,
King James Bible
Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;
Darby Bible Translation
Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy path;
World English Bible
Our heart has not turned back, neither have our steps strayed from your path,
Young's Literal Translation
We turn not backward our heart, Nor turn aside doth our step from Thy path.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Our heart is not turned back - That is, We have not turned away from thy service; we have not apostatized from thee; we have not fallen into idolatry. This must mean that such was not at that time the characteristic of the nation; it was not a prominent thing among the people; there was no such general and pervading iniquity as to explain the fact that these calamities had come upon them, or to be properly the cause of these troubles.
Neither have our steps declined from thy way - Margin, goings. The idea as expressed by our translators is, that the people had not departed from the path prescribed by God; that is, from what he required in his law. The Septuagint and the Vulgate render it, "Thou hast turned our steps from thy way;" that is, though our heart is not turned back, and we have not revolted from thee, yet thou hast turned our steps from thy way, or hast turned us from the way of thy favor and from prosperity. The rendering in the common version, however, is more in conformity with the idea in the original.
LibraryThe Story of God's Mighty Acts
Now, my dear friends, this morning I intend to recall to your minds some of the wondrous things which God has done in the olden time. My aim and object will be to excite your minds to seek after the like; that looking back upon what God has done, you may be induced to look forward with the eye of expectation, hoping that he will again stretch forth his potent hand and his holy arm, and repeat those mighty acts he performed in ancient days. First, I shall speak of the marvellous stories which our …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859
"My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
My steps have held fast to Your paths. My feet have not slipped.
But turned back and acted treacherously like their fathers; They turned aside like a treacherous bow.
The arrogant utterly deride me, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, Yet I do not turn aside from Your testimonies.
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