Psalm 73:27
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New International Version
Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.

New Living Translation
Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you.

English Standard Version
For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.

Berean Study Bible
Those far from You will surely perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You.

New American Standard Bible
For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.

King James Bible
For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

Christian Standard Bible
Those far from you will certainly perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.

Contemporary English Version
All-Powerful LORD God, those who stay far from you will be lost, and you will destroy those who are unfaithful.

Good News Translation
Those who abandon you will certainly perish; you will destroy those who are unfaithful to you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those far from You will certainly perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You.

International Standard Version
Those far from you will perish; you will destroy those who are unfaithful to you.

NET Bible
Yes, look! Those far from you die; you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you.

New Heart English Bible
For, look, those who are far from you shall perish. You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For behold, your distant ones shall be destroyed and you shall destroy all who go astray from you for eternity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Without a doubt, those who are far from you will die. You destroy all who are unfaithful to you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For, lo, they that go far from Thee shall perish; Thou dost destroy all them that go astray from Thee.

New American Standard 1977
For, behold, those who are far from Thee will perish; Thou hast destroyed all those who are unfaithful to Thee.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For, behold, those that stray from thee shall perish; thou dost cut off all those that go a whoring from thee.

King James 2000 Bible
For, lo, they that are far from you shall perish: you have destroyed all them that go after idols, departing from you.

American King James Version
For, see, they that are far from you shall perish: you have destroyed all them that go a whoring from you.

American Standard Version
For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that play the harlot, departing from thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For behold they that go far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that are disloyal to thee.

Darby Bible Translation
For behold, they that are far from thee shall perish; thou destroyest every one that goeth a whoring from thee.

English Revised Version
For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
For lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go astray from thee.

World English Bible
For, behold, those who are far from you shall perish. You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to you.

Young's Literal Translation
For, lo, those far from Thee do perish, Thou hast cut off every one, Who is going a whoring from Thee.
Study Bible
Endow the King with Your Justice
26My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27Those far from You will surely perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You. 28But as for me, it is good to draw near to God. I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may proclaim all Your works.…
Cross References
Exodus 34:15
Do not make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you, and you will eat their sacrifices;

Numbers 15:39
These will serve as tassels for you to look at, so that you may remember all the commandments of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by following your own heart and your own eyes.

Psalm 37:20
But the wicked and enemies of the LORD will perish like the glory of the fields. They will vanish; like smoke they will fade away.

Psalm 106:39
They defiled themselves by their actions and prostituted themselves by their deeds.

Psalm 119:155
Salvation is far from the wicked because they do not seek Your statutes.

Hosea 4:12
My people consult their wooden idols, and their divining rods inform them. For a spirit of prostitution leads them astray and they have played the harlot against their God.

Hosea 9:1
Do not rejoice, O Israel, with exultation like the nations, for you have played the harlot against your God; you have made love for hire on every threshing floor.

Treasury of Scripture

For, see, they that are far from you shall perish: you have destroyed all them that go a whoring from you.

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Verse 27. - For lo, they that are far from thee shall perish. As God is the source of all life, to be "far from him" is to perish - to have this life depart from us, even if existence of any kind remains. The psalmist is vague with respect to the ultimate fate of the wicked, confident only of the continued existence, in a condition which he declares to be "good," of the righteous. Thou hast destroyed all them that go a-whoring from thee. The strong phrase here used is rare in the Psalms, occurring only in this place and in Psalm 106:39. It commonly refers to idolatrous practices, but is used sometimes of other kinds of declension and alienation from God (see Leviticus 20:6; Numbers 14:33). For, lo, they that are far from thee,.... Who are alienated from the life of God, far from the law of God, and subjection and obedience to it; and from righteousness either moral or evangelical, and from the love and fear of God, and worship of him:

shall perish; not merely at death, as even righteous men do, but be lost eternally:

thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee; that follow after other gods, and worship them; which is spiritual adultery and fornication, the Scriptures often speak of, and intend by it idolatry; see Deuteronomy 31:16 or who set their hearts and affections upon the creature, and have them alienated from God; and love the creature more and besides the Creator: the past tense seems to be put for the future, and so some render it, "thou shalt destroy", or "cut off" (i); destroy them soul and body, and punish them with an everlasting destruction in hell; the Targum is,

"that wander from thy fear;''

that is, from the worship of God.

(i) "perdes", Tigurine version, Musculus, so some in Vatablus; "exscindes", Michaelis. 27, 28. The lot of apostates, described by a figure of frequent use (Jer 3:1, 3; Eze 23:35), is contrasted with his, who finds happiness in nearness to God (Jas 4:8), and his delightful work the declaration of His praise. 73:21-28 God would not suffer his people to be tempted, if his grace were not sufficient, not only to save them from harm, but to make them gainers by it. This temptation, the working of envy and discontent, is very painful. In reflecting upon it, the psalmist owns it was his folly and ignorance thus to vex himself. If good men, at any time, through the surprise and strength of temptation, think, or speak, or act amiss, they will reflect upon it with sorrow and shame. We must ascribe our safety in temptation, and our victory, not to our own wisdom, but to the gracious presence of God with us, and Christ's intercession for us. All who commit themselves to God, shall be guided with the counsel both of his word and of his Spirit, the best counsellors here, and shall be received to his glory in another world; the believing hopes and prospects of which will reconcile us to all dark providences. And the psalmist was hereby quickened to cleave the closer to God. Heaven itself could not make us happy without the presence and love of our God. The world and all its glory vanishes. The body will fail by sickness, age, and death; when the flesh fails, the conduct, courage, and comfort fail. But Christ Jesus, our Lord, offers to be all in all to every poor sinner, who renounces all other portions and confidences. By sin we are all far from God. And a profession Christ, if we go on in sin, will increase our condemnation. May we draw near, and keep near, to our God, by faith and prayer, and find it good to do so. Those that with an upright heart put their trust in God, shall never want matter for thanksgiving to him. Blessed Lord, who hast so graciously promised to become our portion in the next world, prevent us from choosing any other in this.
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