New American Standard Bible
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
King James Bible
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Darby Bible Translation
Behold, thou wilt have truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part thou wilt make me to know wisdom.
World English Bible
Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts. You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
Young's Literal Translation
Lo, truth Thou hast desired in the inward parts, And in the hidden part Wisdom Thou causest me to know.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts - The word rendered "desirest," means to have pleasure in; to delight in; and the idea is that this only is agreeable to God, or this only accords with his own nature. The word rendered "inward parts," means properly the reins, and is usually employed to denote the seat of the mind, the feelings, the intellect. Compare the notes at Job 38:36. The allusion is to the "soul;" and the idea is, that God could be satisfied with nothing "but" purity in the soul. The "connection" is this: David was deeply conscious of his own pollution; his deep, early, native depravity. This, in his own mind, he contrasted strongly with the nature of God, and with what God must require, and be pleased with. He "felt" that God could not approve of or love such a heart as his, so vile, so polluted, so corrupt; and he felt that it was necessary that he should have a pure heart in order to meet with the favor of a God so holy. But how was that to be obtained? His mind at once adverted to the fact that it could come only from God; and hence, the psalm now turns from confession to prayer. The psalmist pleads earnestly Psalm 51:7-10 that God "would" thus cleanse and purify his soul.
And in the hidden part - In the secret part; the heart; the depths of the soul. The cleansing was to begin in that which was hidden from the eye of man; in the soul itself. Wisdom, heavenly, saving wisdom, was to have its seat there; the cleansing needed was not any mere outward purification, it was the purification of the soul itself.
Thou shalt make me to know wisdom - Thou only canst enable me to understand what is truly wise. This wisdom, this cleansing, this knowledge of the way in which a guilty man can be restored to favor, can be imparted only by thee; and "thou wilt do it." There is here, therefore, at the same time a recognition of the truth that this "must" come from God, and an act of faith, or a strong assurance that he "would" impart this.
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 …
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Praying Saints of the Old Testaments (Continued)
God the Holy Spirit the Love which Dwells in the Heart.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
"Who has put wisdom in the innermost being Or given understanding to the mind?
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.
For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God's sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind.
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