Psalm 64:6
New International Version
They plot injustice and say, "We have devised a perfect plan!" Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

New Living Translation
As they plot their crimes, they say, “We have devised the perfect plan!” Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning.

English Standard Version
They search out injustice, saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.” For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep.

Berean Study Bible
They devise injustice and say, “We have perfected a secret plan.” For the inner man and the heart are mysterious.

King James Bible
They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

New King James Version
They devise iniquities: “We have perfected a shrewd scheme.” Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep.

New American Standard Bible
They devise injustices, saying, “We are ready with a well-conceived plot”; For the inward thought and the heart of a person are deep.

NASB 1995
They devise injustices, saying, "We are ready with a well-conceived plot"; For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep.

NASB 1977
They devise injustices, saying, “We are ready with a well-conceived plot”; For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep.

Amplified Bible
They devise acts of injustice, saying, “We are ready with a well-conceived plan.” For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep (mysterious, unsearchable).

Christian Standard Bible
They devise crimes and say, “We have perfected a secret plan.” The inner man and the heart are mysterious.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They devise crimes and say," We have perfected a secret plan." The inner man and the heart are mysterious.

American Standard Version
They search out iniquities; We have accomplished,'say they , a diligent search: And the inward thought and the heart of every one is deep.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They have conceived evils and they are consumed with searching evil from within a man, and from within the depths of his heart.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They have searched out iniquity; they have wearied themselves with searching diligently, a man shall approach and the heart is deep,

Contemporary English Version
They make evil plans and say, "We'll commit a perfect crime. No one knows our thoughts."

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have searched after iniquities: they have failed in their search. Man shall come to a deep heart:

English Revised Version
They search out iniquities; We have accomplished, say they, a diligent search: and the inward thought of every one, and the heart, is deep.

Good News Translation
They make evil plans and say, "We have planned a perfect crime." The human heart and mind are a mystery.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They search for the perfect crime and say, "We have perfected a foolproof scheme!" Human nature and the human heart are a mystery!

International Standard Version
They devise wicked schemes, saying, "We have completed our plans, hiding them deep in our hearts."

JPS Tanakh 1917
They search out iniquities, they have accomplished a diligent search; Even in the inward thought of every one, and the deep heart.

Literal Standard Version
They search out perverse things, “We perfected a searching search,” "" And the inward part of man, and the heart, [are] deep.

NET Bible
They devise unjust schemes; they disguise a well-conceived plot. Man's inner thoughts cannot be discovered.

New Heart English Bible
They plot injustice; they hide a well-conceived plan. Surely man's mind and heart are cunning.

World English Bible
They plot injustice, saying, "We have made a perfect plan!" Surely man's mind and heart are cunning.

Young's Literal Translation
They search out perverse things, 'We perfected a searching search,' And the inward part of man, and the heart are deep.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Hurtful Tongue
5They hold fast to their evil purpose; they speak of hiding their snares. “Who will see them?” they say. 6They devise injustice and say, “We have perfected a secret plan.” For the inner man and the heart are mysterious. 7But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be wounded.…

Cross References
Psalm 49:11
Their graves are their eternal homes--their dwellings for endless generations--even though their lands were their namesakes.

Daniel 11:27
And the two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, will speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for still the end will come at the appointed time.


Treasury of Scripture

They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

search

Psalm 35:11
False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

1 Samuel 22:9
Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.

1 Samuel 24:9
And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

a diligent search [heb.

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.

Proverbs 20:5
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Isaiah 29:15
Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?









(6) They search out iniquities--i.e., they plan wicked schemes.

They accomplish a diligent search.--See margin, which indicates the difficulty in this clause. The versions and some MSS. also suggest a corruption of the tent. Read "They have completed their subtle measures" (literally, the planned plan).

Verse 6. - They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search; rather, they devise iniquities. We have accomplished (they say) a well devised device. So modern critics generally (Hengstenberg, Kay, Cheyne, Canon Cook, Revised Version). Both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep. Therefore the righteous man is in great danger from them, unless God interpose.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They devise
יַֽחְפְּֽשׂוּ־ (yaḥ·pə·śū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 2664: To seek, to conceal oneself, mask

injustice [and say],
עוֹלֹ֗ת (‘ō·w·lōṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 5766: Injustice, unrighteousness

“We have perfected
תַּ֭מְנוּ (tam·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common plural
Strong's 8552: To be complete or finished

a secret
חֵ֣פֶשׂ (ḥê·p̄eś)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2664: To seek, to conceal oneself, mask

plan.”
מְחֻפָּ֑שׂ (mə·ḥup·pāś)
Verb - Pual - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 2665: Something covert, a trick

For the inner
וְקֶ֥רֶב (wə·qe·reḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7130: The nearest part, the center

man
אִ֝֗ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

and the heart
וְלֵ֣ב (wə·lêḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

are mysterious.
עָמֹֽק׃ (‘ā·mōq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6013: Deep


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