Psalm 66:18
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English Standard Version
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

King James Bible
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

American Standard Version
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear:

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I have looked at iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.

English Revised Version
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear:

Webster's Bible Translation
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The character of the event by which the truth has been verified that the God who redeemed Israel out of Egypt still ever possesses and exercises to the full His ancient sovereign power, is seen from this reiterated call to the peoples to share in Israel's Gloria. God has averted the peril of death and overthrow from His people: He has put their soul in life (בּחיּים, like בּישׁע in Psalm 12:6), i.e., in the realm of life; He has not abandoned their foot to tottering unto overthrow (mowT the substantive, as in Psalm 121:3; cf. the reversed construction in Psalm 55:23). For God has cast His people as it were into a smelting-furnace or fining-pot in order to purify and to prove them by suffering; - this is a favourite figure with Isaiah and Jeremiah, but is also found in Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:3. Ezekiel 19:9 is decisive concerning the meaning of מצוּדה, where הביא במצודות signifies "to bring into the holds or prisons;" besides, the figure of the fowling-net (although this is also called מצוּדה as well as מצודה) has no footing here in the context. מצוּדה (vid., Psalm 18:3) signifies specula, and that both a natural and an artificial watch-post on a mountain; here it is the mountain-hold or prison of the enemy, as a figure of the total loss of freedom. The laying on of a heavy burden mentioned by the side of it in Psalm 66:11 also accords well with this. מוּעקה, a being oppressed, the pressure of a burden, is a Hophal formation, like מטּה, a being spread out, Isaiah 8:8; cf. the similar masculine forms in Psalm 69:3; Isaiah 8:13; Isaiah 14:6; Isaiah 29:3. The loins are mentioned because when carrying heavy loads, which one has to stoop down in order to take up, the lower spinal region is called into exercise. אנושׁ is frequently (Psalm 9:20., Psalm 10:18; Psalm 56:2, Isaiah 51:12; 2 Chronicles 14:10) the word used for tyrants as being wretched mortals, perishable creatures, in contrast with their all the more revolting, imperious, and self-deified demeanour. God so ordered it, that "wretched men" rode upon Israel's head. Or is it to be interpreted: He caused them to pass over Israel (cf. Psalm 129:3; Isaiah 51:23)? It can scarcely mean this, since it would then be in dorso nostro, which the Latin versions capriciously substitute. The preposition ל instead of על is used with reference to the phrase ישׁב ל: sitting upon Israel's head, God caused them to ride along, so that Israel was not able to raise its head freely, but was most ignominiously wounded in its self-esteem. Fire and water are, as in Isaiah 43:2, a figure of vicissitudes and perils of the most extreme character. Israel was nigh to being burnt up and drowned, but God led it forth לרויה, to an abundant fulness, to abundance and superabundance of prosperity. The lxx, which renders εἰς ἀναψυχήν (Jerome absolutely: in refrigerium), has read לרוחה; Symmachus, εἰς εὐρυχωρίαν, probably reading לרחבה (Psalm 119:45; Psalm 18:20). Both give a stronger antithesis. But the state of straitness or oppression was indeed also a state of privation.

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If I regard

Job 27:8,9 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul...

Proverbs 15:8,29 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight...

Proverbs 21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear...

John 9:31 Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does his will, him he hears.

James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your lusts.

Cross References
John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.

James 4:3
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Deuteronomy 1:45
And you returned and wept before the LORD, but the LORD did not listen to your voice or give ear to you.

Job 27:9
Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him?

Job 36:21
Take care; do not turn to iniquity, for this you have chosen rather than affliction.

Psalm 18:23
I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt.

Psalm 18:41
They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them.

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