Psalm 51:6
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English Standard Version
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

King James Bible
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt 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.

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

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Epilogue of the divine discourse. Under the name שׁכחי אלוהּ are comprehended the decent or honourable whose sanctity relies upon outward works, and those who know better but give way to licentiousness; and they are warned of the final execution of the sentence which they have deserved. In dead works God delighteth not, but whoso offereth thanksgiving (viz., not shelamim-tôda, but the tôda of the heart), he praises Him

(Note: In Vedic jag', old Bactrian jaz (whence jag'jas, the primitive word of ἅγιος), the notions of offering and of praising lie one within the other.)

and שׂם דּרך. It is unnecessary with Luther, following the lxx, Vulgate, and Syriac versions, to read שׁם. The Talmudic remark אל תקרי ושׂם אלא ושׁם [do not read ושׂם, but ושׁם] assumes ושׂם to be the traditional reading. If we take שׂם דּרך as a thought complete in itself, - which is perfectly possible in a certain sense (vid., Isaiah 43:19), - then it is best explained according to the Vulgate (qui ordinat viam), with Bצttcher, Maurer, and Hupfeld: viam h. e. recta incedere (legel agere) parans; but the expression is inadequate to express this ethical sense (cf. Proverbs 4:26), and consequently is also without example. The lxx indicates the correct idea in the rendering καὶ ἐκεῖ ὁδὸς ᾗ δείξω αὐτῷ τὸ σωτήριον Θεοῦ. The ושׂם דוך (designedly not pointed דּרך), which standing entirely by itself has no definite meaning, receives its requisite supplement by means of the attributive clause that follows. Such an one prepares a way along which I will grant to him to see the salvation of Elohim, i.e., along which I will grant him a rapturous vision of the full reality of My salvation. The form יכבּדנני is without example elsewhere. It sounds like the likewise epenthetical יקראנני, Proverbs 1:28, cf. Proverbs 8:17, Hosea 5:15, and may be understood as an imitation of it as regards sound. יכבּדנני ( equals יכבּדני) is in the writer's mind as the form out of pause (Ges. ֗58, 4). With Psalm 50:23 the Psalm recurs to its central point and climax, Psalm 50:14. What Jahve here discourses in a post-Sinaitic appearing, is the very same discourse concerning the worthlessness of dead works and concerning the true will of God that Jesus addresses to the assembled people when He enters upon His ministry. The cycle of the revelation of the Gospel is linked to the cycle of the revelation of the Law by the Sermon on the Mount; this is the point at which both cycles touch.

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

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

Genesis 20:5,6 Said he not to me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother...

2 Kings 20:3 I beseech you, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart...

1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me...

2 Chronicles 31:20,21 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and worked that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God...

Proverbs 2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

Jeremiah 5:3 O LORD, are not your eyes on the truth? you have stricken them, but they have not grieved; you have consumed them...

John 4:23,24 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth...

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom...

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.


Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulcher...

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him...

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

Luke 11:39 And the Lord said to him, Now do you Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter...

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

in the hidden

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

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, said the LORD...

Jeremiah 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good...

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit...

Cross References
James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

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

Psalm 15:2
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;

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

Ecclesiastes 2:26
For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

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