Psalm 31:6
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New International Version
I hate those who cling to worthless idols; as for me, I trust in the LORD.

King James Bible
I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.

Darby Bible Translation
I have hated them that observe lying vanities; and as for me, I have confided in Jehovah.

World English Bible
I hate those who regard lying vanities, but I trust in Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
I have hated the observers of lying vanities, And I toward Jehovah have been confident.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I have hated them - That is, I have abominated their ways. Idolaters are the persons of whom David speaks.

I trust in the Lord - While they trust in vanities vain things; (for an idol is nothing in the worid); and in lying vanities; (for much is promised and nothing given); I trust in Jehovah, who is God all-sufficient, and is my Shepherd, and therefore I shall lack no good thing.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 26:5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

Psalm 139:2 You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off.


Psalm 24:4 He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Psalm 96:7-9 Give to the LORD, O you kindreds of the people, give to the LORD glory and strength...

1 Chronicles 16:28,29 Give to the LORD, you kindreds of the people, give to the LORD glory and strength...

Jeremiah 10:8,15 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities...

John 2:8 And he said to them, Draw out now, and bear to the governor of the feast. And they bore it.

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations...

1 Corinthians 8:4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world...

1 Corinthians 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God...

Goodness Wrought and Goodness Laid Up
'Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee; which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men!'--PSALM xxxi. 19. The Psalmist has been describing, with the eloquence of misery, his own desperate condition, in all manner of metaphors which he heaps together--'sickness,' 'captivity,' 'like a broken vessel,' 'as a dead man out of mind.' But in the depth of desolation he grasps at God's hand, and that lifts him up out of the pit. 'I trusted
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

'Lying Vanities'
'They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.'--JONAH 11. 8. Jonah's refusal to obey the divine command to go to Nineveh and cry against it is best taken, not as prosaic history, but as a poetical representation of Israel's failure to obey the divine call of witnessing for God. In like manner, his being cast into the sea and swallowed by the great fish, is a poetic reproduction, for homiletical purposes, of Israel's sufferings at the hands of the heathen whom it had failed to warn. The
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Other Fragments on the Psalms. Ii.
On Psalm xxxi. 22. Of the Triumph of the Christian Faith. The mercy of God is not so "marvellous" when it is shown in humbler cities as when it is shown in "a strong city," [1389] and for this reason "God is to be blessed."
Hippolytus—The Extant Works and Fragments of Hippolytus

My Spirit on Thy Care
[861]Emmaus: [862]St. Michael: Louis Bourgeois, 1551; Arr. William Crotch, 1836 Psalm 31 Henry F. Lyte, 1834 My spirit on Thy care, Blest Savior, I recline; Thou wilt not leave me to despair, For Thou art love divine. In Thee I place my trust, On Thee I calmly rest; I know Thee good, I know Thee just, And count thy choice the best. Whate'er events betide, Thy will they all perform: Safe in Thy breast my head I hide, Nor fear the coming storm. Let good or ill befall, It must be good for me; Secure
Various—The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA

Cross References
Job 36:21
Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.

Psalm 4:2
How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods

Psalm 26:5
I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.

Psalm 52:8
But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever.

Psalm 119:163
I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law.

Psalm 139:21
Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?

Jeremiah 8:19
Listen to the cry of my people from a land far away: "Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King no longer there?" "Why have they aroused my anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?"

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