Psalm 36:1
New International Version
For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before their eyes.

New Living Translation
Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all.

English Standard Version
Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.

Berean Study Bible
For the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD. An oracle is in my heart regarding the transgression of the wicked man: There is no fear of God before his eyes.

King James Bible
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

New King James Version
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes.

New American Standard Bible
For the music director. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. Wrongdoing speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes.

NASB 1995
For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes.

NASB 1977
Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes.

Amplified Bible
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. Transgression speaks [like an oracle] to the wicked (godless) [deep] within his heart; There is no fear (dread) of God before his eyes.

Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director. Of David, the L ord ’s servant. An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked person: Dread of God has no effect on him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director. A psalm of David, the LORD’s servant. An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked person: There is no dread of God before his eyes,

American Standard Version
The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, There is no fear of God before his eyes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wicked conceives evil in his heart because the awesomeness of God is not before his eyes.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the end, by David the servant of the Lord. The transgressor, that he may sin, says within himself, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

Contemporary English Version
Sinners don't respect God; sin is all they think about.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto the end, for the servant of God, David himself. The unjust hath said within himself, that he would sin : there is no fear of God before his eyes.

English Revised Version
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, There is no fear of God before his eyes.

Good News Translation
Sin speaks to the wicked deep in their hearts; they reject God and do not have reverence for him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; by David, the LORD's servant.] There is an inspired truth about the wicked person who has rebellion in the depths of his heart: He is not terrified of God.

International Standard Version
An oracle that came to me about the transgressions of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the Leader. [A Psalm] of David the servant of the LORD. Transgression speaketh to the wicked, methinks-- There is no fear of God before his eyes.

Literal Standard Version
TO THE OVERSEER. BY A SERVANT OF YHWH, BY DAVID. The transgression of the wicked Is affirming within my heart, “Fear of God is not before his eyes,

NET Bible
For the music director; written by the LORD's servant, David; an oracle. An evil man is rebellious to the core. He does not fear God,

New Heart English Bible
[For the Chief Musician. By David, the servant of the LORD.] Transgression speaks to the wicked within his heart. There is no fear of God before his eyes.

World English Bible
An oracle is within my heart about the disobedience of the wicked: "There is no fear of God before his eyes."

Young's Literal Translation
To the Overseer. -- By a servant of Jehovah, by David. The transgression of the wicked Is affirming within my heart, 'Fear of God is not before his eyes,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Transgression of the Wicked
1For the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD. An oracle is in my heart regarding the transgression of the wicked man: There is no fear of God before his eyes. 2For his eyes are too full of conceit to detect or hate his own sin.…

Cross References
Romans 3:18
"There is no fear of God before their eyes."

Deuteronomy 25:18
how they met you on your journey when you were tired and weary, and they attacked all your stragglers; they had no fear of God.

Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers.

Psalm 10:4
In his pride the wicked man does not seek Him; in all his schemes there is no God.

Psalm 54:3
For strangers rise up against me, and ruthless men seek my life--men with no regard for God. Selah

Psalm 55:19
God will hear and humiliate them--the One enthroned for the ages--Selah because they do not change and they have no fear of God.

Jeremiah 2:19
Your own evil will discipline you; your own apostasies will reprimand you. Consider and realize how evil and bitter it is for you to forsake the LORD your God and to have no fear of Me," declares the Lord GOD of Hosts.


Treasury of Scripture

The transgression of the wicked said within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

A.

servant

Psalm 18:1
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said, I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

Psalm 90:1
A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

Psalm 143:12
And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.

The transgression.

1 Samuel 15:13,14
And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD…

Proverbs 20:11
Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

Matthew 7:16-20
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? …

no

Psalm 112:1
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

Genesis 20:11
And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.

Proverbs 8:13
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.









(1) The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart . . .--The literal rendering of the present Hebrew text is, An utterance of sin to the wicked within my heart. The common phrase rendered in our version, "Thus saith Jehovah," is here imitated, "Thus saith sin." "To the wicked" cannot, as some explain, mean "concerning the wicked." The only possible meaning of the text as it stands is therefore, "Thus saith sin to (me) the wicked man in my heart." But there can be no question that the psalmist wrote "in his heart," since ail the ancient versions, with the exception of the Chaldee Paraphrase, followed this reading, and some MSS. still show it. This gives us a very fine sense. Sin is personified as the evil counsellor or prompter sitting in the heart of the wicked to suggest evil thoughts: Sin in the wicked man's heart is his oracle. Conscience is on the wrong side.

There is no fear . . .--This is not the suggestion of sin just mentioned, but an explanation of the condition into which the wicked man has sunk. Impiety and irreverence have so corrupted his nature, that sin has become his oracle.

Verse 1. - The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart. This is a difficult passage. In the first place, the text is uncertain, since some manuscripts have לבו, "his heart," in the place of לבי, "my heart." And further, whichever reading we prefer, the meaning is far from clear. Dr. Kay translates, "Transgression's oracle to the wicked is, 'In the interior of my own heart;'" and understands the meaning to be that the sinfulness of the wicked man deludes him into the belief that his wickedness is known to no one but himself - it is all safely locked up in the recesses of his own heart. Professor Alexander suggests as possible, "Thus saith depravity to the wicked man, 'In the midst of my heart, there is no fear of God before his (i.e. God's) eyes.'" Others, preferring לבו to לבי, render, "Transgression speaks to the wicked within his heart; There is no fear of God," etc.; regarding the two clauses as perfectly independent the one of the ether. This is, perhaps, the best explanation. There is no fear of God before his eyes. Either he belongs to the class of "fools, who say in their heart, There is no God" (Psalm 14:1), or he agrees with those who cry, "Tush, God hath forgotten: he hideth away his face; he will never see it" (Psalm 10:11).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For the choirmaster.
לַמְנַצֵּ֬חַ ׀ (lam·naṣ·ṣê·aḥ)
Preposition-l, Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5329: To glitter from afar, to be eminent, to be permanent

A Psalm of David,
לְדָוִֽד׃ (lə·ḏā·wiḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

the servant
לְעֶֽבֶד־ (lə·‘e·ḇeḏ-)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant

of the LORD.
יְהוָ֬ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

An oracle
נְאֻֽם־ (nə·’um-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5002: An oracle

is in
בְּקֶ֣רֶב (bə·qe·reḇ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7130: The nearest part, the center

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

regarding the transgression
פֶּ֣שַׁע (pe·ša‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6588: Transgression

of the wicked man:
לָ֭רָשָׁע (lā·rā·šā‘)
Preposition-l, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

There is no
אֵֽין־ (’ên-)
Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

fear
פַּ֥חַד (pa·ḥaḏ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6343: A, alarm

of God
אֱ֝לֹהִ֗ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

before
לְנֶ֣גֶד (lə·ne·ḡeḏ)
Preposition-l
Strong's 5048: A front, part opposite, a counterpart, mate, over against, before

his eyes.
עֵינָֽיו׃ (‘ê·nāw)
Noun - cdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5869: An eye, a fountain


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