Psalm 4:4
New International Version
Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.

New Living Translation
Don't sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude

English Standard Version
Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

Berean Study Bible
Be angry, yet do not sin; on your bed, search your heart and be still. Selah

New American Standard Bible
Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

King James Bible
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
Be angry and do not sin; on your bed, reflect in your heart and be still. Selah

Contemporary English Version
But each of you had better tremble and turn from your sins. Silently search your heart as you lie in bed.

Good News Translation
Tremble with fear and stop sinning; think deeply about this, when you lie in silence on your beds.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be angry and do not sin; on your bed, reflect in your heart and be still. Selah

International Standard Version
Be angry, yet do not sin. Think about this when upon your beds, and be silent. Interlude

NET Bible
Tremble with fear and do not sin! Meditate as you lie in bed, and repent of your ways! (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
Be angry, but do not sin. Ponder in your heart, but be at rest on your bed. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Tremble in awe and you will not sin; speak in your hearts and meditate upon your beds.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Tremble and do not sin. Think about this on your bed and remain quiet. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Tremble, and sin not; Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah

New American Standard 1977
Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Stand in awe, and sin not; meditate in your heart upon your bed, and desist. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

American King James Version
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart on your bed, and be still. Selah.

American Standard Version
Stand in awe, and sin not: Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Be ye angry, and sin not; feel compunction upon your beds for what ye say in your hearts. Pause.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be angry, and sin not: the things you say in your hearts, be sorry for them upon your beds.

Darby Bible Translation
Be moved with anger, and sin not; meditate in your own hearts upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

English Revised Version
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

World English Bible
Stand in awe, and don't sin. Search your own heart on your bed, and be still. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Tremble ye, and do not sin;' Say ye thus in your heart on your bed, And be ye silent. Selah.
Study Bible
Answer Me When I Call!
3Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for Himself; the LORD will hear when I call to Him. 4Be angry, yet do not sin; on your bed, search your heart and be still. Selah 5Offer the sacrifices of righteousness and trust in the LORD.…
Cross References
Ephesians 4:26
"Be angry, yet do not sin." Do not let the sun set upon your anger,

Psalm 63:6
When I remember You on my bed, I think of You through the watches of the night.

Psalm 77:6
At night I remembered my song; in my heart I mused, and my spirit pondered:

Psalm 99:1
The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble! He is enthroned above the cherubim. Let the earth quake.

Psalm 119:11
I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.

Treasury of Scripture

Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart on your bed, and be still. Selah.

Stand

Psalm 2:11
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Psalm 33:8
Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

Psalm 119:161
SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

sin

Job 28:28
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Proverbs 3:7
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:6,17
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil…

commune

Psalm 63:6
When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Psalm 77:6
I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

be still

Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Habakkuk 2:20
But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

Selah

Psalm 3:2,4
Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah…







Lexicon
Be angry,
רִגְז֗וּ (riḡ·zū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7264: To be agitated, quiver, quake, be excited, perturbed

yet do not
וְֽאַל־ (wə·’al-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

sin;
תֶּ֫חֱטָ֥אוּ (te·ḥĕ·ṭā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2398: To miss, to sin, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, lead astray, condemn

on
עַֽל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

your bed,
מִשְׁכַּבְכֶ֗ם (miš·kaḇ·ḵem)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4904: Place of lying, a couch, act of lying

search
אִמְר֣וּ (’im·rū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

your heart
בִ֭לְבַבְכֶם (ḇil·ḇaḇ·ḵem)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3824: Inner man, mind, will, heart

and be still.
וְדֹ֣מּוּ (wə·ḏōm·mū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1826: To be dumb, to be astonished, to stop, to perish

Selah
סֶֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(4) Stand in awe.--Literally, tremble, whether with fear or anger. But the rendering of the LXX., "be angry," quoted in Ephesians 4:26, though etymologically correct, is plainly inadmissible here. "(See New Testament Commentary.)

Commune--i.e., reflect on your conduct, let the still hours of the night bring calmer and wiser thoughts with them. The LXX. and Vulg. translate "repent" instead of "be still." This supposes the words to be addressed to the enemies. But the next verse makes this doubtful. Probably the clause is a general reflection on the proper conduct of Israelites when in trouble.

Verse 4. - Stand in awe, and sin not. The LXX. render, Ὀργίζεσθε καὶ μὴ ἀμαρτάνετε, "Be ye angry, and sin not;" and this meaning is preferred by Dr. Kay, Hengstenberg, and ethers. It may also seem to have the sanction of St. Paul in Ephesians 4:26. If we adopt it, we must suppose the exhortation to be addressed mainly to David's own followers, who are warned against excessive anger and its natural result, undue violence (comp. 2 Samuel 16:9; 2 Samuel 18:11, 14; 2 Samuel 19:21, etc.). Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still (compare St. Paul's injunction, "Let not the sun go down upon your wrath"). Anger cools if a little time be suffered to pass - if a night be allowed for reflection, and no action be taken till the morrow, Παύει γὰρ ὀργὴγ ὁ χρόνος (Aristotle). Selah. The second strophe being ended, another "pause" is to take place, during which the psalmist's exhortation may be made the subject of consideration. 4:1-5 Hear me for thy mercy-sake, is our best plea. He who will not ask such blessings as pardon, and justifying righteousness, and eternal life, must perish for the want of them. Alas! that so many should make so fearful a choice. The psalmist warns against sin. Keep up holy reverence of the glory and majesty of God. You have a great deal to say to your hearts, they may be spoken with, let it not be unsaid. Examine them by serious self-reflection; let your thoughts fasten upon that which is good, and keep close to it. Consider your ways, and before you turn to sleep at night, examine your consciences with respect to what you have done in the day; particularly what you have done amiss, that you may repent of it. when you awake in the night, meditate upon God, and the things that belong to your peace. Upon a sick-bed, particularly, we should consider our ways. Be still. when you have asked conscience a question, be serious, be silent, wait for an answer. Open not the mouth to excuse sin. All confidence must be pan answer. Open not the mouth to excuse sin. All confidence only: therefore, after commanding the sacrifices of righteousness, the psalmist says, Put your trust in the Lord.
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