Psalm 36:4
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New International Version
Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong.

New Living Translation
They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their actions are never good. They make no attempt to turn from evil.

English Standard Version
He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.

Berean Study Bible
Even on his bed he plots wickedness; he sets himself on a path that is not good; he does not reject evil.

New American Standard Bible
He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil.

King James Bible
He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.

Christian Standard Bible
Even on his bed he makes malicious plans. He sets himself on a path that is not good, and he does not reject evil.

Contemporary English Version
Those people stay awake, thinking up mischief, and they follow the wrong road, refusing to turn from sin.

Good News Translation
They make evil plans as they lie in bed; nothing they do is good, and they never reject anything evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even on his bed he makes malicious plans. He sets himself on a path that is not good and does not reject evil.

International Standard Version
He devises iniquity on his bed and is determined to follow a path that is not good. He does not resist evil.

NET Bible
He plans ways to sin while he lies in bed; he is committed to a sinful lifestyle; he does not reject what is evil.

New Heart English Bible
He plots iniquity on his bed. He sets himself in a way that is not good. He doesn't abhor evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He conceives disease upon his bed and walks in a way which is not beautiful that he may do evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He invents trouble while lying on his bed and chooses to go the wrong direction. He does not reject evil.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He deviseth iniquity upon his bed; He setteth himself in a way that is not good; He abhorreth not evil.

New American Standard 1977
He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He devises iniquity upon his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not abhor evil.

King James 2000 Bible
He devises mischief upon his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he abhors not evil.

American King James Version
He devises mischief on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he abhors not evil.

American Standard Version
He deviseth iniquity upon his bed; He setteth himself in a way that is not good; He abhorreth not evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath devised iniquity on his bed, he hath set himself on every way that is not good : but evil he hath not hated.

Darby Bible Translation
He deviseth wickedness up on his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good: he abhorreth not evil.

English Revised Version
He deviseth iniquity upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.

World English Bible
He plots iniquity on his bed. He sets himself in a way that is not good. He doesn't abhor evil.

Young's Literal Translation
Iniquity he deviseth on his bed, He stationeth himself on a way not good, Evil he doth not refuse.'
Study Bible
The Transgression of the Wicked
3The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and well-doing. 4Even on his bed he plots wickedness; he sets himself on a path that is not good; he does not reject evil. 5Your loving devotion, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, Your steadfastness to the clouds.…
Cross References
Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good.

Psalm 52:3
You love evil more than good, falsehood more than speaking the truth. Selah

Psalm 140:2
who devise evil in their hearts and stir up war all day long.

Proverbs 4:16
For they cannot sleep unless they do evil, they are deprived of slumber until they make someone fall,

Proverbs 14:22
Do not those who contrive evil go astray? But those who plan goodness find loving devotion and truth.

Isaiah 65:2
All day long I have held out My hands to an obstinate people, who walk in the wrong path, who follow their own imaginations,

Ezekiel 38:10
This is what the Lord GOD says: 'On that day, thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will devise an evil plan.

Micah 2:1
Woe to those who devise iniquity and plot evil on their beds! At morning's light they accomplish it because the power is in their hands.

Treasury of Scripture

He devises mischief on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he abhors not evil.

deviseth

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mischief. or, vanity
setteth

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Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require …

abhorreth

Psalm 97:10 You that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his …

Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinks iniquity like water?

Amos 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate…

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things …

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Revelation 2:2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you …







Verse 4. - He deviseth mischief upon his bed; rather, he deviseth iniquity - the same word as in the preceding verse. In the night, when he should be looked in innocent slumber, he lies awake, devising wicked schemes against others (comp. Proverbs 4:16; Micah 2:1). He setteth himself in a way that is not good. More correct than the Prayer-book Version, "He hath set himself in no good way." The wicked man is not merely negatively bad; he determinately chooses a path of life that is evil. He abhorroth not evil. He has no aversion to it, no horror of it, no shrinking from it. Whether a thing is right or wrong is to him a matter of complete indifference. So callous is he, so hardened. He deviseth mischief upon his bed,.... He casts about in his mind on his pillow, when at leisure from all employment; and consults and contrives schemes how to compass his lusts, and to do injury to others, without doing which he cannot sleep;

he setteth himself in a way that is not good, in an evil way, which he chooses and delights in, and determines to continue in, he leaving the paths of righteousness to walk in the ways of darkness:

he abhorreth not evil; which is to be abhorred both because of its nature and effects; see Romans 12:9; but on the contrary he loves it, takes pleasure in doing it, and in them that commit it: thus, by his thoughts, words, and actions, he appears to be devoid of the fear of God. 36:1-4 From this psalm our hearts should be duly affected with hatred of sin, and seek satisfaction in God's loving-kindness. Here is the root of bitterness, from which all the wickedness of wicked men comes. It takes rise from contempt of God, and the want of due regard to him. Also from the deceit they put upon their own souls. Let us daily beg of God to preserve us from self-flattery. Sin is very hurtful to the sinner himself, and therefore ought to be hateful; but it is not so. It is no marvel, if those that deceive themselves, seek to deceive all mankind; to whom will they be true, who are false to their own souls? It is bad to do mischief, but worse to devise it, to do it with plot and management. If we willingly banish holy meditations in our solitary hours, Satan will soon occupy our minds with sinful imaginations. Hardened sinners stand to what they have done, as though they could justify it before God himself.
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