Psalm 18:26
New International Version
to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.

New Living Translation
To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile.

English Standard Version
with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.

Berean Study Bible
to the pure You show Yourself pure, but to the crooked You show Yourself shrewd.

New American Standard Bible
With the pure You show Yourself pure, And with the crooked You show Yourself astute.

King James Bible
With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.

Christian Standard Bible
with the pure you prove yourself pure; but with the crooked you prove yourself shrewd.

Contemporary English Version
With all who are sincere, you are sincere, but you treat the unfaithful as their deeds deserve.

Good News Translation
You are pure to those who are pure, but hostile to those who are wicked.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
with the pure You prove Yourself pure, but with the crooked You prove Yourself shrewd.

International Standard Version
to the pure, you show yourself pure, and to the morally corrupt, you appear to be perverse.

NET Bible
You prove to be reliable to one who is blameless, but you prove to be deceptive to one who is perverse.

New Heart English Bible
With the pure you show yourself pure. And with the crooked you show yourself tortuous.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
With the Elect One you will be elect, and with the crooked you will be perverse.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
with pure people you are pure. [In dealing] with devious people you are clever.

JPS Tanakh 1917
With the pure Thou dost show Thyself pure; And with the crooked Thou dost show Thyself subtle.

New American Standard 1977
With the pure Thou dost show Thyself pure; And with the crooked Thou dost show Thyself astute.

Jubilee Bible 2000
with the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the perverse thou wilt show thyself adversary.

King James 2000 Bible
With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the devious you will show yourself shrewd.

American King James Version
With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the fraudulent you will show yourself devious.

American Standard Version
With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; And with the perverse thou wilt show thyself froward.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And with the excellent man thou wilt be excellent; and with the perverse thou wilt shew frowardness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And with the elect thou wilt be elect: and with the perverse thou wilt be perverted.

Darby Bible Translation
With the pure thou dost shew thyself pure; and with the perverse thou dost shew thyself contrary.

English Revised Version
With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the perverse thou wilt shew thyself froward.

Webster's Bible Translation
With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt contend.

World English Bible
With the pure, you will show yourself pure. With the crooked you will show yourself shrewd.

Young's Literal Translation
With the pure Thou showest Thyself pure, And with the perverse showest Thyself a wrestler,
Study Bible
The LORD is My Rock
25To the faithful You show Yourself faithful, to the blameless You show Yourself blameless, 26to the pure You show Yourself pure, but to the crooked You show Yourself shrewd. 27For You save an afflicted people, but You humble those with haughty eyes.…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:23
And if in spite of these things you do not accept My discipline, but continue to walk in hostility toward Me,

Leviticus 26:24
then I will act with hostility toward you and strike you sevenfold for your sins.

Job 25:5
If even the moon does not shine, and the stars are not pure in His sight,

Proverbs 3:34
He mocks those who mock, but gives grace to the humble.

Habakkuk 1:13
Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing. So why do You tolerate the faithless? Why are You silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

Treasury of Scripture

With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the fraudulent you will show yourself devious.

froward

Psalm 109:17-19
As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him…

Leviticus 26:23,24,27,28
And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; …

Proverbs 3:34
Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

shew thyself froward.







Lexicon
to
עִם־ (‘im-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

the pure
נָבָ֥ר (nā·ḇār)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1305: To clarify, examine, select

You show Yourself pure,
תִּתְבָּרָ֑ר (tiṯ·bā·rār)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1305: To clarify, examine, select

but to
וְעִם־ (wə·‘im-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

the crooked
עִ֝קֵּ֗שׁ (‘iq·qêš)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6141: Twisted, perverted

You show Yourself shrewd.
תִּתְפַּתָּֽל׃ (tiṯ·pat·tāl)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6617: To twine, to struggle, be, tortuous
(26) Froward . . . froward.--The use of this one word to render two different Hebrew terms is so far correct, as they both come from roots meaning primarily to twist. Both are combined in Proverbs 8:8, "froward (margin, twisted) or perverse," and both are contrasted with "righteousness." Plainly the metaphor might apply-either to the character itself, "twisted round," "awry," "perverse," or to the line of conduct pursued, "bent," "crooked," or "wrong," the opposite of "straight," or "right." "Froward" =from ward (opposite to "toward"), seems to have more of the latter idea, but may combine both--a disposition turned away from good. The poet therefore says, "God will turn away from those who turn away from him," a thought which even with the Christian revelation we must admit true, for still it is true that--

"He that shuts love out, in turn shall be

Shut out from love."--TENNYSON.

Verse 26. - With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt show thyself froward; rather, thou wilt show thyself adverse. The same root is not here used for the verb as for the adjective, as is done in the three preceding clauses. The reason is well explained in the 'Speaker's Commentary:' "In dealing with the good, God shows his approval by manifesting attributes similar or identical in essence; in dealing with the wicked, he exhibits attributes which are correlative - in just proportion to their acts," but not identical. God cannot "show himself froward" - he can only show himself opposed, antagonistic, an adversary. What the psalmist means to say is that, if men oppose and thwart God, he in return will oppose and thwart them. But they will act in a perverse spirit, he in a spirit of justice and righteousness. 18:20-28 Those that forsake the ways of the Lord, depart from their God. But though conscious to ourselves of many a false step, let there not be a wicked departure from our God. David kept his eye upon the rule of God's commands. Constant care to keep from that sin, whatever it be, which most easily besets us, proves that we are upright before God. Those who show mercy to others, even they need mercy. Those who are faithful to God, shall find him all that to them which he has promised to be. The words of the Lord are pure words, very sure to be depended on, and very sweet to be delighted in. Those who resist God, and walk contrary to him, shall find that he will walk contrary to them, Le 26:21-24. The gracious recompence of which David spoke, may generally be expected by those who act from right motives. Hence he speaks comfort to the humble, and terror to the proud; Thou wilt bring down high looks. And he speaks encouragement to himself; Thou wilt light my candle: thou wilt revive and comfort my sorrowful spirit; thou wilt guide my way, that I may avoid the snares laid for me. Thou wilt light my candle to work by, and give me an opportunity of serving thee. Let those that walk in darkness, and labour under discouragements, take courage; God himself will be a Light to them.
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