Psalm 141:4
New International Version
Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.

New Living Translation
Don't let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness. Don't let me share in the delicacies of those who do wrong.

English Standard Version
Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!

Berean Study Bible
Do not let my heart be drawn to any evil thing or take part in works of wickedness with men who do iniquity; let me not feast on their delicacies.

New American Standard Bible
Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.

King James Bible
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

Christian Standard Bible
Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing or perform wicked acts with men who commit sin. Do not let me feast on their delicacies.

Contemporary English Version
Don't let me want to do evil or waste my time doing wrong with wicked people. Don't let me even taste the good things they offer.

Good News Translation
Keep me from wanting to do wrong and from joining evil people in their wickedness. May I never take part in their feasts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing or perform wicked acts with men who commit sin. Do not let me feast on their delicacies.

International Standard Version
Don't let my heart turn toward evil or involve itself in wicked activities with men who practice iniquity. Let me not feast on their delicacies.

NET Bible
Do not let me have evil desires, or participate in sinful activities with men who behave wickedly. I will not eat their delicacies.

New Heart English Bible
Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice deeds of wickedness with men who work iniquity. Do not let me eat of their delicacies.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That my heart would not turn aside to an evil word or do evil works with wicked men. I shall not eat salt with them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not let me be persuaded to do anything evil or to become involved with wickedness, with people who are troublemakers. Do not let me taste their delicacies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, To be occupied in deeds of wickedness With men that work iniquity; And let me not eat of their dainties.

New American Standard 1977
Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to do works with ungodliness with the men that work iniquity, and let me not eat of their dainties.

King James 2000 Bible
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their delicacies.

American King James Version
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

American Standard Version
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, To practise deeds of wickedness With men that work iniquity: And let me not eat of their dainties.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Incline not my heart to evil words; to make excuses in sins. With men that work iniquity: and I will not communicate with the choicest of them.

Darby Bible Translation
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise deeds of wickedness with men that are workers of iniquity; and let me not eat of their dainties.

English Revised Version
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to be occupied in deeds of wickedness with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

Webster's Bible Translation
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

World English Bible
Don't incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice deeds of wickedness with men who work iniquity. Don't let me eat of their delicacies.

Young's Literal Translation
Incline not my heart to an evil thing, To do habitually actions in wickedness, With men working iniquity, Yea, I eat not of their pleasant things.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Come Quickly to Me
3Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. 4Do not let my heart be drawn to any evil thing or take part in works of wickedness with men who do iniquity; let me not feast on their delicacies. 5Let the righteous man strike me; let his rebuke be an act of loving devotion. It is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. For my prayer is ever against the deeds of the wicked.…
Cross References
Joshua 24:23
"Now, therefore," he said, "get rid of the foreign gods among you and incline your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel."

Psalm 119:36
Turn my heart to Your testimonies and not to covetous gain.

Proverbs 23:3
Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.

Proverbs 23:6
Do not eat the bread of a stingy man or crave his delicacies,

Isaiah 32:6
For a fool speaks foolishness; his mind plots iniquity. He practices ungodliness and speaks falsely about the LORD; He leaves the hungry empty and deprives the thirsty of drink.

Daniel 1:8
But Daniel resolved in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king's food or wine. So he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself.

Hosea 6:8
Gilead is a city of evildoers, tracked with footprints of blood.

Malachi 3:15
So now we call the arrogant blessed. Not only do evildoers prosper, they even test God and escape.'"

Treasury of Scripture

Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

incline not

Psalm 119:36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to covetousness.

Deuteronomy 2:30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD …

Deuteronomy 29:4 Yet the LORD has not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to …

1 Kings 8:58 That he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways, and …

1 Kings 22:22 And the LORD said to him, With which? And he said, I will go forth, …

Isaiah 63:17 O LORD, why have you made us to err from your ways, and hardened …

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your …

James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot …

to practise

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, …

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my …

and let me

Numbers 25:2 And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods: and the …

Proverbs 23:1-3,6-8 When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you…

Daniel 1:5-8 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, …

Acts 10:13,14 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat…

1 Corinthians 10:27,28,31 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and you be disposed …







Lexicon
Do not let
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

my heart
לִבִּ֨י (lib·bî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

be drawn
תַּט־ (taṭ-)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Jussive - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

to any evil
רָ֡ע (rā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

thing
לְדָבָ֪ר ׀ (lə·ḏā·ḇār)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

or take part
לְהִתְע֘וֹלֵ֤ל (lə·hiṯ·‘ō·w·lêl)
Preposition-b | Verb - Hitpael - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5953: To effect thoroughly, to glean, to overdo, maltreat, be saucy to, pain, impose

in works
עֲלִל֨וֹת ׀ (‘ă·li·lō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5949: An exploit, a performance, an opportunity

of wickedness
בְּרֶ֗שַׁע (bə·re·ša‘)
Preposition | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7562: Wickedness

with
אֶת־ (’eṯ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

men
אִישִׁ֥ים (’î·šîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind

who do
פֹּֽעֲלֵי־ (pō·‘ă·lê-)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6466: To do, make, to practise

iniquity;
אָ֑וֶן (’ā·wen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol

let me not
וּבַל־ (ū·ḇal-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 1077: A failure, nothing, not at all, lest

feast
אֶ֝לְחַ֗ם (’el·ḥam)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3898: To feed on, to consume, to battle

on their delicacies.
בְּמַנְעַמֵּיהֶֽם׃ (bə·man·‘am·mê·hem)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4516: Delicacies, dainties
(4) To practise wicked works . . .--The Vulg., ad excusandas excusationes, following the LXX., not only preserves the expressive assonance of the original, but probably conveys its meaning better than the somewhat tame English version. Evidently the danger to be guarded against was not so much a sinful act as a sinful utterance, and the expression "to make pretexts or excuses" may possibly refer to the casuistries by which some of the laxer Jews excused their participation in heathen rites or licentious banquets. Symmachus has, "to devise wicked devices."

Dainties.--The word is peculiar to this passage, but derived from a root meaning "pleasant." The LXX. and Vulg. refer it to persons instead of things. But the use of the same root in Psalm 141:6, "for they are sweet," where the reference is to "words," suggests a meaning here different both from the English and the ancient versions. "I will not taste of their sweets" may mean "I will not listen to their allurements: what finds favour with them shall not tempt me." On the other hand, if we retain the English allusion to the dainties of a feast (so Symmachus), the word in Psalm 141:6 will be used metaphorically in contrast. The words of condemnation he utters, though bitter to these feasters, are in reality sweet with the sweetness of truth.

Verse 4. - Incline not my heart to any evil thing; i.e. let not my heart be inclined to any form of evil. To practice wicked works (rather, wicked practices) with men that work iniquity; and let me not eat of their dainties. Let me not be drawn in to their life of sinful luxury. 141:1-4 Make haste unto me. Those that know how to value God's gracious presence, will be the more fervent in their prayers. When presented through the sacrifice and intercession of the Saviour, they will be as acceptable to God as the daily sacrifices and burnings of incense were of old. Prayer is a spiritual sacrifice, it is the offering up the soul and its best affections. Good men know the evil of tongue sins. When enemies are provoking, we are in danger of speaking unadvisedly. While we live in an evil world, and have such evil hearts, we have need to pray that we may neither be drawn nor driven to do any thing sinful. Sinners pretend to find dainties in sin; but those that consider how soon sin will turn into bitterness, will dread such dainties, and pray to God to take them out of their sight, and by his grace to turn their hearts against them. Good men pray against the sweets of sin.
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