Psalm 141:4
New International Version
Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.

New Living Translation
Don’t let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness. Don’t let me share in the delicacies of those who do wrong.

English Standard Version
Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!

Berean Study Bible
Do not let my heart be drawn to any evil thing or take part in works of wickedness with men who do iniquity; let me not feast on their delicacies.

King James Bible
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

New King James Version
Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice wicked works With men who work iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.

New American Standard Bible
Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With people who do wrong; And may I not taste their delicacies.

NASB 1995
Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.

NASB 1977
Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.

Amplified Bible
Do not incline my heart to [consent to or tolerate] any evil thing, Or to practice deeds of wickedness With men who plan and do evil; And let me not eat of their delicacies (be tempted by their gain).

Christian Standard Bible
Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing or perform wicked acts with evildoers. Do not let me feast on their delicacies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing or perform wicked acts with men who commit sin. Do not let me feast on their delicacies.

American Standard Version
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, To practise deeds of wickedness With men that work iniquity: And let me not eat of their dainties.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That my heart would not turn aside to an evil word or do evil works with wicked men. I shall not eat salt with them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Incline not my heart to evil things, to employ pretexts for sins, with me who work iniquity: and let me not unite with their choice ones.

Contemporary English Version
Don't let me want to do evil or waste my time doing wrong with wicked people. Don't let me even taste the good things they offer.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Incline not my heart to evil words; to make excuses in sins. With men that work iniquity: and I will not communicate with the choicest of them.

English Revised Version
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to be occupied in deeds of wickedness with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

Good News Translation
Keep me from wanting to do wrong and from joining evil people in their wickedness. May I never take part in their feasts.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not let me be persuaded to do anything evil or to become involved with wickedness, with people who are troublemakers. Do not let me taste their delicacies.

International Standard Version
Don't let my heart turn toward evil or involve itself in wicked activities with men who practice iniquity. Let me not feast on their delicacies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, To be occupied in deeds of wickedness With men that work iniquity; And let me not eat of their dainties.

Literal Standard Version
Do not incline my heart to an evil thing, To habitually do actions in wickedness, Working iniquity with men, Indeed, I do not eat of their pleasant things.

NET Bible
Do not let me have evil desires, or participate in sinful activities with men who behave wickedly. I will not eat their delicacies.

New Heart English Bible
Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice deeds of wickedness with men who work iniquity. Do not let me eat of their delicacies.

World English Bible
Don't incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice deeds of wickedness with men who work iniquity. Don't let me eat of their delicacies.

Young's Literal Translation
Incline not my heart to an evil thing, To do habitually actions in wickedness, With men working iniquity, Yea, I eat not of their pleasant things.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Come Quickly to Me
3Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. 4Do not let my heart be drawn to any evil thing or take part in works of wickedness with men who do iniquity; let me not feast on their delicacies. 5Let the righteous man strike me; let his rebuke be an act of loving devotion. It is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. For my prayer is ever against the deeds of the wicked.…

Cross References
Joshua 24:23
"Now, therefore," he said, "get rid of the foreign gods among you and incline your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel."

Psalm 119:36
Turn my heart to Your testimonies and not to covetous gain.

Proverbs 23:3
Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.

Proverbs 23:6
Do not eat the bread of a stingy man, and do not crave his delicacies;

Isaiah 32:6
For a fool speaks foolishness; his mind plots iniquity. He practices ungodliness and speaks falsely about the LORD; he leaves the hungry empty and deprives the thirsty of drink.

Daniel 1:8
But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king's food or wine. So he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself.

Hosea 6:8
Gilead is a city of evildoers, tracked with footprints of blood.


Treasury of Scripture

Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

incline not

Psalm 119:36
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

Deuteronomy 2:30
But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day.

Deuteronomy 29:4
Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

to practise

1 Corinthians 15:33
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

2 Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Revelation 18:4
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

and let me

Numbers 25:2
And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

Proverbs 23:1-3,6-8
When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: …

Daniel 1:5-8
And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king…









(4) To practise wicked works . . .--The Vulg., ad excusandas excusationes, following the LXX., not only preserves the expressive assonance of the original, but probably conveys its meaning better than the somewhat tame English version. Evidently the danger to be guarded against was not so much a sinful act as a sinful utterance, and the expression "to make pretexts or excuses" may possibly refer to the casuistries by which some of the laxer Jews excused their participation in heathen rites or licentious banquets. Symmachus has, "to devise wicked devices."

Dainties.--The word is peculiar to this passage, but derived from a root meaning "pleasant." The LXX. and Vulg. refer it to persons instead of things. But the use of the same root in Psalm 141:6, "for they are sweet," where the reference is to "words," suggests a meaning here different both from the English and the ancient versions. "I will not taste of their sweets" may mean "I will not listen to their allurements: what finds favour with them shall not tempt me." On the other hand, if we retain the English allusion to the dainties of a feast (so Symmachus), the word in Psalm 141:6 will be used metaphorically in contrast. The words of condemnation he utters, though bitter to these feasters, are in reality sweet with the sweetness of truth.

Verse 4. - Incline not my heart to any evil thing; i.e. let not my heart be inclined to any form of evil. To practice wicked works (rather, wicked practices) with men that work iniquity; and let me not eat of their dainties. Let me not be drawn in to their life of sinful luxury.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Do not let
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

my heart
לִבִּ֨י (lib·bî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

be drawn
תַּט־ (taṭ-)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Jussive - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

to any evil
רָ֡ע (rā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

thing
לְדָבָ֪ר ׀ (lə·ḏā·ḇār)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

or take part
לְהִתְע֘וֹלֵ֤ל (lə·hiṯ·‘ō·w·lêl)
Preposition-b | Verb - Hitpael - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5953: To effect thoroughly, to glean, to overdo, maltreat, be saucy to, pain, impose

in works
עֲלִל֨וֹת ׀ (‘ă·li·lō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 5949: An exploit, a performance, an opportunity

of wickedness
בְּרֶ֗שַׁע (bə·re·ša‘)
Preposition | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7562: Wickedness

with
אֶת־ (’eṯ-)
Preposition
Strong's 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

men
אִישִׁ֥ים (’î·šîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 582: Man, mankind

who do
פֹּֽעֲלֵי־ (pō·‘ă·lê-)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's 6466: To do, make, to practise

iniquity;
אָ֑וֶן (’ā·wen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol

let me not
וּבַל־ (ū·ḇal-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 1077: A failure, nothing, not at all, lest

feast
אֶ֝לְחַ֗ם (’el·ḥam)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 3898: To feed on, to consume, to battle

on their delicacies.
בְּמַנְעַמֵּיהֶֽם׃ (bə·man·‘am·mê·hem)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 4516: Delicacies, dainties


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