Psalm 51:16
New International Version
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

New Living Translation
You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering.

English Standard Version
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.

Berean Study Bible
For You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; You take no pleasure in burnt offerings.

King James Bible
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

New King James Version
For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.

New American Standard Bible
For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You do not take pleasure in burnt offering.

NASB 1995
For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.

NASB 1977
For Thou dost not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; Thou art not pleased with burnt offering.

Amplified Bible
For You do not delight in sacrifice, or else I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.

Christian Standard Bible
You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; you are not pleased with a burnt offering.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering.

American Standard Version
For thou delightest not in sacrifice; else would I give it: Thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because you have not desired sacrifices, neither have you chosen burnt offerings.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For if thou desiredst sacrifice, I would have given it: thou wilt not take pleasure in whole-burnt-offerings.

Contemporary English Version
Offerings and sacrifices are not what you want.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted.

English Revised Version
For thou delightest not in sacrifice; else would I give it: thou hast no pleasure in burnt offering.

Good News Translation
You do not want sacrifices, or I would offer them; you are not pleased with burnt offerings.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You are not happy with any sacrifice. Otherwise, I would offer one [to you]. You are not pleased with burnt offerings.

International Standard Version
Indeed, you do not delight in sacrifices, or I would give them, nor do you desire burnt offerings.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For Thou delightest not in sacrifice, else would I give it; Thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering.

Literal Standard Version
For You do not desire sacrifice, or I give [it], You do not accept burnt-offering.

NET Bible
Certainly you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it; you do not desire a burnt sacrifice.

New Heart English Bible
For you do not delight in sacrifice, or else I would give it. You have no pleasure in burnt offering.

World English Bible
For you don't delight in sacrifice, or else I would give it. You have no pleasure in burnt offering.

Young's Literal Translation
For Thou desirest not sacrifice, or I give it, Burnt-offering Thou acceptest not.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
15O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. 16For You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; You take no pleasure in burnt offerings. 17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 15:22
But Samuel declared: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obedience to His voice? Behold, obedience is better than sacrifice, and attentiveness is better than the fat of rams.

Psalm 40:6
Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but my ears You have opened. Burnt offerings and sin offerings You did not require.

Psalm 50:8
I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices, and your burnt offerings are ever before Me.

Psalm 69:31
And this will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with horns and hooves.

Jeremiah 7:22
For when I brought your fathers out of the land of Egypt, I did not merely command them about burnt offerings and sacrifices,

Hosea 14:2
Bring your confessions and return to the LORD. Say to Him: "Take away all our iniquity and receive us graciously, that we may present the fruit of our lips.

Micah 6:6
With what shall I come before the LORD when I bow before the God on high? Should I come to Him with burnt offerings, with year-old calves?


Treasury of Scripture

For you desire not sacrifice; else would I give it: you delight not in burnt offering.

desirest

Psalm 51:6
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Exodus 21:14
But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.

Numbers 15:27,30,31
And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering…

else would I.

Psalm 40:6
Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

Psalm 50:8
I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.









(16) Sacrifice.--The rabbinical commentators on this verse represent the penitence of David as having taken the place of the sin-offering prescribed by the Law. In the mouth of an individual, language with such an intention would not have been possible. To the nation exiled and deprived of the legal rites, and by that very deprivation compelled to look beyond their outward form to their inner spirit, the words are most appropriate.

Verse 16. - For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it. If there had been any sacrifices which God desired or required for such offences as adultery and murder, David would have willingly offered them. But there were none. As Hammond observes, "The Mosaical Law allows no reconciliation, no sacrifice, for such sins." Thou delightest not in burnt offering. In the mere act of sacrifice - the untimely slaying of his own creatures - God could at no time have had any pleasure. His satisfaction could only arise from the spirit in which sacrifices were offered - the gratitude, devotion, self-renunciation, obedience, of those who approached him with them (comp. Psalm 40:6; Psalm 50:8-13; Isaiah 1:11-17, etc.).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּ֤י ׀ (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

You do not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

delight
תַחְפֹּ֣ץ (ṯaḥ·pōṣ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 2654: To incline to, to bend, to be pleased with, desire

in sacrifice,
זֶ֣בַח (ze·ḇaḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2077: A slaughter, the flesh of an animal, a sacrifice

or I would bring it;
וְאֶתֵּ֑נָה (wə·’et·tê·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

You take no pleasure
תִרְצֶֽה׃ (ṯir·ṣeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7521: To be pleased with, to satisfy a, debt

in burnt offerings.
ע֝וֹלָ֗ה (‘ō·w·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5930: Whole burnt offering


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