Psalm 106:39
New International Version
They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves.

New Living Translation
They defiled themselves by their evil deeds, and their love of idols was adultery in the LORD’s sight.

English Standard Version
Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the whore in their deeds.

Berean Study Bible
They defiled themselves by their actions and prostituted themselves by their deeds.

New American Standard Bible
Thus they became unclean in their practices, And played the harlot in their deeds.

New King James Version
Thus they were defiled by their own works, And played the harlot by their own deeds.

King James Bible
Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.

Christian Standard Bible
They defiled themselves by their actions and prostituted themselves by their deeds.

Contemporary English Version
By doing such gruesome things, they also became filthy.

Good News Translation
They made themselves impure by their actions and were unfaithful to God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They defiled themselves by their actions and prostituted themselves by their deeds.

International Standard Version
Therefore, they became unclean because of what they did; they have acted like whores by their evil deeds.

NET Bible
They were defiled by their deeds, and unfaithful in their actions.

New Heart English Bible
Thus were they defiled with their works, and prostituted themselves in their deeds.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They were defiled by their works and they committed fornication with their inventions.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They became filthy because of what they did. They behaved like prostitutes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thus were they defiled with their works, And went astray in their doings.

New American Standard 1977
Thus they became unclean in their practices, And played the harlot in their deeds.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus they were defiled with their own works and went a whoring with their own inventions.

King James 2000 Bible
Thus were they defiled with their own works, and played the harlot with their own deeds.

American King James Version
Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.

American Standard Version
Thus were they defiled with their works, And played the harlot in their doings.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and was polluted with their works; and they went a whoring with their own devices.

Douay-Rheims Bible
and was defiled with their works: and they went aside after their own inventions.

Darby Bible Translation
And they were defiled with their works, and went a-whoring in their doings.

English Revised Version
Thus were they defiled with their works, and went a whoring in their doings.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went astray with their own inventions.

World English Bible
Thus were they defiled with their works, and prostituted themselves in their deeds.

Young's Literal Translation
And they are defiled with their works, And commit whoredom in their habitual doings.
Study Bible
Give Thanks to the LORD, for He is Good
38They shed innocent blood—the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood. 39They defiled themselves by their actions and prostituted themselves by their deeds. 40So the anger of the LORD burned against His people, and He abhorred His own inheritance.…
Cross References
Leviticus 17:7
They must no longer offer their sacrifices to the goat demons to which they have prostituted themselves. This will be a permanent statute for them for the generations to come.'

Leviticus 18:24
Do not defile yourselves by any of these practices, for by all these things the nations I am driving out before you have defiled themselves.

Numbers 15:39
These will serve as tassels for you to look at, so that you may remember all the commandments of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by following your own heart and your own eyes.

Judges 2:17
Israel, however, did not listen to their judges. Instead, they prostituted themselves with other gods and bowed down to them. They quickly turned from the way of their fathers, who had walked in obedience to the LORD's commandments; they did not do as their fathers had done.

Psalm 73:27
Those far from You will surely perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You.

Ezekiel 20:18
In the wilderness I said to their children: "Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers or keep their ordinances or defile yourselves with their idols.

Hosea 4:12
My people consult their wooden idols, and their divining rods inform them. For a spirit of prostitution leads them astray and they have played the harlot against their God.

Treasury of Scripture

Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.

defiled

Isaiah 24:5,6
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant…

Isaiah 59:3
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

Ezekiel 20:18,30,31,43
But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: …

went

Exodus 34:16
And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.

Leviticus 17:7
And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.

Leviticus 20:5,6
Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people…

their own

Psalm 106:29
Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them.







Lexicon
They defiled themselves
וַיִּטְמְא֥וּ (way·yiṭ·mə·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2930: To be or become unclean

by their actions
בְמַעֲשֵׂיהֶ֑ם (ḇə·ma·‘ă·śê·hem)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4639: An action, a transaction, activity, a product, property

and prostituted themselves
וַ֝יִּזְנוּ֗ (way·yiz·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2181: To commit adultery, to commit idolatry

by their deeds.
בְּמַֽעַלְלֵיהֶֽם׃ (bə·ma·‘al·lê·hem)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4611: A deed, practice
Verse 39. - Thus were they defiled with their own works. The heathen "works," which they adopted from them (ver. 35), had become "their own works," and made them a "defiled" and "polluted" people. And went a-whoring with their own inventions; i.e. "became spiritually adulterous," deserted God, and were unfaithful to him (comp. Ezekiel 23:2-21; Hosea 2:2-5). 106:34-48 The conduct of the Israelites in Canaan, and God's dealings with them, show that the way of sin is down-hill; omissions make way for commissions: when they neglected to destroy the heathen, they learned their works. One sin led to many more, and brought the judgments of God on them. Their sin was, in part, their own punishment. Sinners often see themselves ruined by those who led them into evil. Satan, who is a tempter, will be a tormentor. At length, God showed pity to his people for his covenant's sake. The unchangeableness of God's merciful nature and love to his people, makes him change the course of justice into mercy; and no other change is meant by God's repentance. Our case is awful when the outward church is considered. When nations professing Christianity, are so guilty as we are, no wonder if the Lord brings them low for their sins. Unless there is general and deep repentance, there can be no prospect but of increasing calamities. The psalm concludes with prayer for completing the deliverance of God's people, and praise for the beginning and progress of it. May all the people of the earth, ere long, add their Amen.
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