Psalm 51:17
New International Version
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

New Living Translation
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

English Standard Version
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Berean Study Bible
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

King James Bible
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

New King James Version
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.

New American Standard Bible
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, God, You will not despise.

NASB 1995
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

NASB 1977
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.

Amplified Bible
My [only] sacrifice [acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; A broken and contrite heart [broken with sorrow for sin, thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.

Christian Standard Bible
The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. You will not despise a broken and humbled heart, God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.

American Standard Version
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The sacrifices of God are a humble spirit; God does not reject a broken heart.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Sacrifice to God is a broken spirit: a broken and humbled heart God will not despise.

Contemporary English Version
The way to please you is to be truly sorry deep in our hearts. This is the kind of sacrifice you won't refuse.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

English Revised Version
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Good News Translation
My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God; you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. O God, you do not despise a broken and sorrowful heart.

International Standard Version
True sacrifice to God is a broken spirit. A broken and chastened heart, God, you will not despise.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.

Literal Standard Version
The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit, A heart broken and bruised, O God, You do not despise.

NET Bible
The sacrifices God desires are a humble spirit--O God, a humble and repentant heart you will not reject.

New Heart English Bible
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

World English Bible
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Young's Literal Translation
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A heart broken and bruised, O God, Thou dost not despise.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
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. 18In Your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem.…

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.

2 Kings 22:19
because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its people, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and because you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I have heard you,' declares the LORD.

Psalm 34:18
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted; He saves the contrite in spirit.

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 57:15
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in a high and holy place, and with the oppressed and humble in spirit, to restore the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the contrite.

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.

Joel 2:13
So rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to the LORD your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loving devotion. And He relents from sending disaster.


Treasury of Scripture

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

sacrifices

Psalm 107:22
And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

Mark 12:33
And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Romans 12:1
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

a broken spirit

Psalm 34:18
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 147:3
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

2 Kings 22:19
Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.

thou

Psalm 22:24
For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

Psalm 102:17
He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

2 Chronicles 33:12,13
And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, …









Verse 17. - The sacrifices of God; i.e. the sacrifices which God really values and desires. Are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. "The contrite heart," says Hengstenberg, "denotes deep but soft and mild distress." It sets up no wild shriekings, no howls, like those of Oriental fanatics. But it nourishes a sorrow that is deep and persistent. The joy on account of forgiveness and restoration to favour does not exclude continued pain on account of past sin.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The sacrifices
זִֽבְחֵ֣י (ziḇ·ḥê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 2077: A slaughter, the flesh of an animal, a sacrifice

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

[are] a broken
נִשְׁבָּ֫רָ֥ה (niš·bā·rāh)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's 7665: To break, break in pieces

spirit;
ר֪וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

a broken
נִשְׁבָּ֥ר (niš·bār)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7665: To break, break in pieces

and a contrite
וְנִדְכֶּ֑ה (wə·niḏ·keh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1794: To collapse

heart,
לֵב־ (lêḇ-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

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

You will not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

despise.
תִבְזֶֽה׃ (ṯiḇ·zeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 959: To disesteem


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