Psalm 51:6
New International Version
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

New Living Translation
But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.

English Standard Version
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Berean Study Bible
Surely You desire truth in the inmost being; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

New American Standard Bible
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.

King James Bible
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Christian Standard Bible
Surely you desire integrity in the inner self, and you teach me wisdom deep within.

Contemporary English Version
But you want complete honesty, so teach me true wisdom.

Good News Translation
Sincerity and truth are what you require; fill my mind with your wisdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Surely You desire integrity in the inner self, and You teach me wisdom deep within.

International Standard Version
Indeed, you are pleased with truth in the inner person, and you will teach me wisdom in my innermost parts.

NET Bible
Look, you desire integrity in the inner man; you want me to possess wisdom.

New Heart English Bible
Look, you desire truth in the inward parts. You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you have desired the truth and you have shown me the hidden things of your wisdom.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, you desire truth and sincerity. Deep down inside me you teach me wisdom.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts; Make me, therefore, to know wisdom in mine inmost heart.

New American Standard 1977
Behold, Thou dost desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part Thou wilt make me know wisdom.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, thou dost desire truth in the inward parts, and in the secret things thou hast made me to know wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part you shall make me to know wisdom.

American King James Version
Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part you shall make me to know wisdom.

American Standard Version
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; And in the hidden part thou wilt make me to know wisdom.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For, behold, thou lovest truth: thou hast manifested to me the secret and hidden things of thy wisdom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For behold thou hast loved truth: the uncertain and hidden things of thy wisdom thou hast made manifest to me.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, thou wilt have truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden [part] thou wilt make me to know wisdom.

English Revised Version
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

World English Bible
Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts. You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, truth Thou hast desired in the inward parts, And in the hidden part Wisdom Thou causest me to know.
Study Bible
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
5Surely I was brought forth in iniquity; I was sinful when my mother conceived me. 6Surely You desire truth in the inmost being; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place. 7Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.…
Cross References
James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Job 38:36
Who has put wisdom in the heart or given understanding to the mind?

Psalm 15:2
He who walks with integrity and practices righteousness, who speaks the truth from his heart,

Proverbs 2:6
For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Ecclesiastes 2:26
To the man who is pleasing in His sight, He gives wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner He assigns the task of gathering and accumulating that which he will hand over to one who pleases God. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part you shall make me to know wisdom.

Behold

Psalm 26:2
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

Psalm 125:4
Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.

Genesis 20:5,6
Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this…

inward

Psalm 5:9
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Job 38:36
Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?

in the hidden

Job 32:8
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Jeremiah 31:33
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Jeremiah 32:40
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.







Lexicon
Surely
הֵן־ (hên-)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!

You desire
חָפַ֣צְתָּ (ḥā·p̄aṣ·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2654: To incline to, to bend, to be pleased with, desire

truth
אֱ֭מֶת (’ĕ·meṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness

in the inmost being;
בַטֻּח֑וֹת (ḇaṭ·ṭu·ḥō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2910: The kidneys, the inmost thought

You teach me
תוֹדִיעֵֽנִי׃ (ṯō·w·ḏî·‘ê·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

wisdom
חָכְמָ֥ה (ḥāḵ·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom

in the inmost place.
וּ֝בְסָתֻ֗ם (ū·ḇə·sā·ṯum)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5640: To stop up, to repair, to keep secret
(6) Truth.--Or, faithfulness.

Inward parts.--The Hebrew word is found only once besides (Job 38:36), where it is in parallelism with "heart."

The sincerity and true self-discernment which God requires can only come of spiritual insight, or, as the last clause states it, divine instruction.

Verse 6. - Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts (comp. Job 38:36). God requires not merely such purity as might be attained by the use of legal and ritual methods; but true inward purity of thought and heart, which is a very different matter. And in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom; rather, do thou make me. An optative, according to Professor Cheyne. The meaning is, "As nothing will content thee but this perfect, inward purity, do thou give me into my heart its fundamental principle-wisdom, or the fear of God." 51:1-6 David, being convinced of his sin, poured out his soul to God in prayer for mercy and grace. Whither should backsliding children return, but to the Lord their God, who alone can heal them? he drew up, by Divine teaching, an account of the workings of his heart toward God. Those that truly repent of their sins, will not be ashamed to own their repentance. Also, he instructs others what to do, and what to say. David had not only done much, but suffered much in the cause of God; yet he flees to God's infinite mercy, and depends upon that alone for pardon and peace. He begs the pardon of sin. The blood of Christ, sprinkled upon the conscience, blots out the transgression, and, having reconciled us to God, reconciles us to ourselves. The believer longs to have the whole debt of his sins blotted out, and every stain cleansed; he would be thoroughly washed from all his sins; but the hypocrite always has some secret reserve, and would have some favorite lust spared. David had such a deep sense of his sin, that he was continually thinking of it, with sorrow and shame. His sin was committed against God, whose truth we deny by wilful sin; with him we deal deceitfully. And the truly penitent will ever trace back the streams of actual sin to the fountain of original depravity. He confesses his original corruption. This is that foolishness which is bound in the heart of a child, that proneness to evil, and that backwardness to good, which is the burden of the regenerate, and the ruin of the unregenerate. He is encouraged, in his repentance, to hope that God would graciously accept him. Thou desirest truth in the inward part; to this God looks, in a returning sinner. Where there is truth, God will give wisdom. Those who sincerely endeavour to do their duty shall be taught their duty; but they will expect good only from Divine grace overcoming their corrupt nature.
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