New American Standard Bible
"Do not grant, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; Do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah.
King James Bible
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.
Darby Bible Translation
Grant not, O Jehovah, the desire of the wicked; further not his device: they would exalt themselves. Selah.
World English Bible
Yahweh, don't grant the desires of the wicked. Don't let their evil plans succeed, or they will become proud. Selah.
Young's Literal Translation
Grant not, O Jehovah, the desires of the wicked, His wicked device bring not forth, They are high. Selah.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked - That is, in the matter under consideration. Let them not accomplish their desire in my destruction. Let them not succeed in their designs against me. The prayer, however, "may" be used more generally. It is proper to pray that the desires of the wicked, as wicked people, may not be granted to them; that they may "not" be successful in their purposes. Success in such desires would be only an injury to themselves and to the world. It is proper to pray that the purposes of the wicked may be defeated, and that they may be led to abandon their designs and to seek better ends. For this, in fact, we always pray when we pray for their conversion.
Further not his wicked device - His purpose against me.
Lest they exalt themselves - Lest they attribute it to their own skill, wisdom, or valor, and lest they pride themselves on their success. To succeed in a righteous cause makes a man humble and grateful; in a bad cause, proud, and forgetful of God. The margin here is, "Let them not be exalted." The meaning is, that success would at the same time elate them in their own estimation, and increase their bad influence in the world. It is, on every account, a benevolent prayer that wicked people may "not" be successful in their plans of iniquity.
LibraryEpistle xviii. To John, Bishop.
To John, Bishop. Gregory to John, Bishop of Constantinople  . At the time when your Fraternity was advanced to Sacerdotal dignity, you remember what peace and concord of the churches you found. But, with what daring or with what swelling of pride I know not, you have attempted to seize upon a new name, whereby the hearts of all your brethren might have come to take offence. I wonder exceedingly at this, since I remember how thou wouldest fain have fled from the episcopal office rather than …
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great
Covenanting a Privilege of Believers.
But when it came to the king's attention, he commanded by letter that his wicked scheme which he had devised against the Jews, should return on his own head and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.
In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.
For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns the LORD.
He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
The wicked will see it and be vexed, He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked will perish.
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