New American Standard Bible
For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.
King James Bible
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
Darby Bible Translation
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering.
World English Bible
For you don't delight in sacrifice, or else I would give it. You have no pleasure in burnt offering.
Young's Literal Translation
For Thou desirest not sacrifice, or I give it, Burnt-offering Thou acceptest not.
Psalm 51:16 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For thou desirest not sacrifice ... - On the words rendered in this verse "sacrifice" and "burnt-offering," see the notes at Isaiah 1:11. On the main sentiment here expressed - that God did not "desire" such sacrifices - see the notes at Psalm 40:6-8. The idea here is, that any mere external offering, however precious or costly it might be, was not what God required in such cases. He demanded the expression of deep and sincere repentance; the sacrifices of a contrite heart and of a broken spirit: Psalm 51:17. No offering without this could be acceptable; nothing without this could secure pardon. In mere outward sacrifices - in bloody offerings themselves, unaccompanied with the expression of genuine penitence, God could have no pleasure. This is one of the numerous passages in the Old Testament which show that the external offerings of the law were valueless unless accompanied by the religion of the heart; or that the Jewish religion, much as it abounded in forms, yet required the offerings of pure hearts in order that man might be acceptable to God. Under all dispensations the real nature of religion is the same. Compare the notes at Hebrews 9:9-10. The phrase "else would I give it," in the margin, "that I should give it," expresses a willingness to make such an offering, if it was required, while, at the same time, there is the implied statement that it would be valueless without the heart.
LibraryJanuary the Twenty-Seventh the Confession of Sin
"I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me." --PSALM li. 1-12. Sin that is unconfessed shuts out the energies of grace. Confession makes the soul receptive of the bountiful waters of life. We open the door to God as soon as we name our sin. Guilt that is penitently confessed is already in the "consuming fire" of God's love. When I "acknowledge my sin" I begin to enter into the knowledge of "pardon, joy, and peace." But if I hide my sin I also hide myself from "the unsearchable …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
Praying Saints of the Old Testaments (Continued)
God the Holy Spirit the Love which Dwells in the Heart.
1 Samuel 15:22
Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears You have opened; Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required.
"I do not reprove you for your sacrifices, And your burnt offerings are continually before Me.
And it will please the LORD better than an ox Or a young bull with horns and hoofs.
"For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to Him, "Take away all iniquity And receive us graciously, That we may present the fruit of our lips.
With what shall I come to the LORD And bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, With yearling calves?
Jump to PreviousAcceptest Burned Burnt Burnt-Offering Delight Delightest Desire Desirest Offering Offerings Otherwise Pleased Pleasure Sacrifice
Jump to NextAcceptest Burned Burnt Burnt-Offering Delight Delightest Desire Desirest Offering Offerings Otherwise Pleased Pleasure Sacrifice
LinksPsalm 51:16 NIV
Psalm 51:16 NLT
Psalm 51:16 ESV
Psalm 51:16 NASB
Psalm 51:16 KJV
Psalm 51:16 Bible Apps
Psalm 51:16 Biblia Paralela
Psalm 51:16 Chinese Bible
Psalm 51:16 French Bible
Psalm 51:16 German Bible
Psalm 51:16 Commentaries