Psalm 50:16
New International Version
But to the wicked person, God says: "What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?

New Living Translation
But God says to the wicked: "Why bother reciting my decrees and pretending to obey my covenant?

English Standard Version
But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?

Berean Study Bible
To the wicked, however, God says, “What right have you to recite My statutes and to bear My covenant on your lips?

New American Standard Bible
But to the wicked God says, "What right have you to tell of My statutes And to take My covenant in your mouth?

King James Bible
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?

Christian Standard Bible
But God says to the wicked: "What right do you have to recite my statutes and to take my covenant on your lips?

Contemporary English Version
But to the wicked I say: "You don't have the right to mention my laws or claim to keep our agreement!

Good News Translation
But God says to the wicked, "Why should you recite my commandments? Why should you talk about my covenant?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But God says to the wicked:" What right do you have to recite My statutes and to take My covenant on your lips?

International Standard Version
As for the wicked, God says, "How dare you recite my statutes or speak about my covenant with your lips!

NET Bible
God says this to the evildoer: "How can you declare my commands, and talk about my covenant?

New Heart English Bible
But to the wicked God says, "What right do you have to declare my statutes, that you have taken my covenant on your lips,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
God says to the sinner, “What business do you have with The Books of my Commandments, that you have taken my Covenant in your mouth?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But God says to wicked people, "How dare you quote my decrees and mouth my promises!

JPS Tanakh 1917
But unto the wicked God saith: 'What hast thou to do to declare My statutes, And that thou hast taken My covenant in thy mouth?

New American Standard 1977
But to the wicked God says, “What right have you to tell of My statutes, And to take My covenant in your mouth?

Jubilee Bible 2000
But unto the wicked God saith, What part hast thou to declare my statutes or that thou should take my covenant in thy mouth?

King James 2000 Bible
But unto the wicked God says, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth?

American King James Version
But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth?

American Standard Version
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, And that thou hast taken my covenant in thy mouth,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But to the sinner God has said, Why dost thou declare my ordinances, and take up my covenant in thy mouth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But to the sinner God hath said: Why dost thou declare my justices, and take my covenant in thy mouth ?

Darby Bible Translation
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant into thy mouth,

English Revised Version
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes; and that thou hast taken my covenant in thy mouth?

Webster's Bible Translation
But to the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?

World English Bible
But to the wicked God says, "What right do you have to declare my statutes, that you have taken my covenant on your lips,

Young's Literal Translation
And to the wicked hath God said: What to thee -- to recount My statutes? That thou liftest up My covenant on thy mouth?
Study Bible
The Mighty One Calls
15Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me.” 16To the wicked, however, God says, “What right have you to recite My statutes and to bear My covenant on your lips? 17For you hate My instruction and cast My words behind you.…
Cross References
Psalm 94:20
Can a corrupt throne be Your ally--one devising mischief by decree?

Isaiah 29:13
Therefore the Lord said: "These people draw near to Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is but rules taught by men.

Jeremiah 44:26
Nevertheless, hear the word of the LORD, all you Jews living in Egypt: Behold, I have sworn by My great name, says the LORD, that My name will never again be invoked by anyone of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, "As surely as the Lord GOD lives."

Treasury of Scripture

But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth?

wicked

Isaiah 48:22
There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.

Isaiah 55:6,7
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: …

Ezekiel 18:27
Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.

What

Proverbs 26:7
The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Isaiah 1:11-15
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats…

Isaiah 48:1,2
Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness…

thou shouldest

Psalm 25:14
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

Psalm 78:36-38
Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues…

Ezekiel 20:37,38
And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: …







Lexicon
To the wicked, however,
וְלָ֤רָשָׁ֨ע ׀ (wə·lā·rā·šā‘)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

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

says,
אָ֘מַ֤ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“What right
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

have you
לְּ֭ךָ (lə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

to recite
לְסַפֵּ֣ר (lə·sap·pêr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5608: To count, recount, relate

My statutes
חֻקָּ֑י (ḥuq·qāy)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2706: Something prescribed or owed, a statute

and to bear
וַתִּשָּׂ֖א (wat·tiś·śā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5375: To lift, carry, take

My covenant
בְרִיתִ֣י (ḇə·rî·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1285: A covenant

on
עֲלֵי־ (‘ă·lê-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

your lips?
פִֽיךָ׃ (p̄î·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to
(16) But.--The psalm here turns to address a worse class, those who, while undisguisedly wicked, shelter themselves under the name of the covenant.

What hast thou to do?--i.e., how darest thou?

Verses 16-21. - While even the more godly among the Israelites have been thus, to a certain extent, reproved (vers. 8-14), the psalmist now addresses to the ungodly, the open and wilful transgressors, a far sterner rebuke. They claim the privileges of God's covenanted servants (ver. 16), but perform none of the duties (vers. 17-20), thus bringing down upon themselves a terrible menace. Verse 16. - But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? The wicked assumed that they were true Israelites. They were familiar with the words of God's statutes, and with the terms of the covenant. They claimed the right of enforcing them against others (Romans 2:18-20), while in their own persons they set them at nought (vers. 18-20). God declares that they have no right to assume to be teachers of others until they have taught themselves - they are unfit even to "take his covenant in their mouth." 50:16-23 Hypocrisy is wickedness, which God will judge. And it is too common, for those who declare the Lord's statutes to others, to live in disobedience to them themselves. This delusion arises from the abuse of God's long-suffering, and a wilful mistake of his character and the intention of his gospel. The sins of sinners will be fully proved on them in the judgment of the great day. The day is coming when God will set their sins in order, sins of childhood and youth, of riper age and old age, to their everlasting shame and terror. Let those hitherto forgetful of God, given up to wickedness, or in any way negligent of salvation, consider their urgent danger. The patience of the Lord is very great. It is the more wonderful, because sinners make such ill use of it; but if they turn not, they shall be made to see their error when it is too late. Those that forget God, forget themselves; and it will never be right with them till they consider. Man's chief end is to glorify God: whoso offers praise, glorifies him, and his spiritual sacrifices shall be accepted. We must praise God, sacrifice praise, put it into the hands of the Priest, our Lord Jesus, who is also the altar: we must be fervent in spirit, praising the Lord. Let us thankfully accept God's mercy, and endeavour to glorify him in word and deed.
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