Psalm 73:15
New International Version
If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children.

New Living Translation
If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people.

English Standard Version
If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

Berean Study Bible
If I had said, “I will speak this way,” then I would have betrayed Your children.

New American Standard Bible
If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.

King James Bible
If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

Christian Standard Bible
If I had decided to say these things aloud, I would have betrayed your people.

Contemporary English Version
If I had said evil things, I would not have been loyal to your people.

Good News Translation
If I had said such things, I would not be acting as one of your people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I had decided to say these things aloud, I would have betrayed Your people.

International Standard Version
If I say, "I will talk like this," I would betray a generation of your children.

NET Bible
If I had publicized these thoughts, I would have betrayed your loyal followers.

New Heart English Bible
If I had said, "I will speak thus;" look, I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If I said, “I shall do as they”,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I had said, "I will continue to talk like that," I would have betrayed God's people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I had said: 'I will speak thus', Behold, I had been faithless to the generation of Thy children.

New American Standard 1977
If I had said, “I will speak thus,” Behold, I should have betrayed the generation of Thy children.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I should say, I will speak as they do; behold, I should deny the generation of thy sons.

King James 2000 Bible
If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of your children.

American King James Version
If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of your children.

American Standard Version
If I had said, I will speak thus; Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If I said, I will speak thus; behold, I should have broken covenant with the generation of thy children.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I said: I will speak thus; behold I should condemn the generation of thy children.

Darby Bible Translation
If I said, I will speak thus, behold, I should be faithless to the generation of thy children.

English Revised Version
If I had said, I will speak thus; behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children.

Webster's Bible Translation
If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

World English Bible
If I had said, "I will speak thus;" behold, I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

Young's Literal Translation
If I have said, 'I recount thus,' Lo, a generation of Thy sons I have deceived.
Study Bible
Endow the King with Your Justice
14For I am afflicted all day long and punished every morning. 15If I had said, “I will speak this way,” then I would have betrayed Your children. 16When I tried to understand all this, it was troublesome in my sight…
Cross References
Psalm 14:5
There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is in the company of the righteous.

Psalm 73:16
When I tried to understand all this, it was troublesome in my sight

Treasury of Scripture

If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of your children.

offend

1 Samuel 2:24
Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD'S people to transgress.

Malachi 2:8
But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

Matthew 18:6,7
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea…

generation

Psalm 22:30
A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

Psalm 24:6
This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

1 Peter 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:







Lexicon
If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

I had said,
אָ֭מַרְתִּי (’ā·mar·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“I will speak
אֲסַפְּרָ֥ה (’ă·sap·pə·rāh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5608: To count, recount, relate

this way,”
כְמ֑וֹ (ḵə·mōw)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 3644: Like, as, when

then
הִנֵּ֤ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

I would have betrayed
בָגָֽדְתִּי׃ (ḇā·ḡā·ḏə·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 898: To cover, to act covertly, to pillage

Your children.
בָּנֶ֣יךָ (bā·ne·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son
(15) If I say . . .--Or, If, thought I, I should reason thus, I should be faithless to the generation of thy sons. Or, perhaps, if it ever occurred to my mind to speak thus, the Hebrew often using two finite verbs to express one thought. (See, e.g., Psalm 73:8; Psalm 73:19.)

Verse 15. - If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children; or, if I had said (Revised Version). If, when these feelings assailed me, and the lot of the ungodly man seemed to me much better than my own, I had resolved to speak out all my thoughts, and let them be generally known, then should I have dealt treacherously with (Revised Version) the generation of thy children. I should have deserted their cause; I should have hurt their feelings; I should have put a stumbling block in their way. Therefore, the psalmist implies, he said nothing - a reticence well worthy of imitation. 73:15-20 The psalmist having shown the progress of his temptation, shows how faith and grace prevailed. He kept up respect for God's people, and with that he restrained himself from speaking what he had thought amiss. It is a sign that we repent of the evil thoughts of the heart, if we suppress them. Nothing gives more offence to God's children, than to say it is vain to serve God; for there is nothing more contrary to their universal experience. He prayed to God to make this matter plain to him; and he understood the wretched end of wicked people; even in the height of their prosperity they were but ripening for ruin. The sanctuary must be the resort of a tempted soul. The righteous man's afflictions end in peace, therefore he is happy; the wicked man's enjoyments end in destruction, therefore he is miserable. The prosperity of the wicked is short and uncertain, slippery places. See what their prosperity is; it is but a vain show, it is only a corrupt imagination, not substance, but a mere shadow; it is as a dream, which may please us a little while we are slumbering, yet even then it disturbs our repose.
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