Psalm 66:18
New International Version
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

New Living Translation
If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

English Standard Version
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

Berean Study Bible
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

New American Standard Bible
If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;

New King James Version
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.

King James Bible
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Christian Standard Bible
If I had been aware of malice in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

Contemporary English Version
If my thoughts had been sinful, he would have refused to hear me.

Good News Translation
If I had ignored my sins, the Lord would not have listened to me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I had been aware of malice in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

International Standard Version
Were I to cherish iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not listen to me.

NET Bible
If I had harbored sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

New Heart English Bible
If I cherished sin in my heart, the Lord wouldn't have listened.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“If you have seen evil in my heart, you will not save me, Lord Jehovah.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I had thought about doing anything sinful, the Lord would not have listened [to me].

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I had regarded iniquity in my heart, The Lord would not hear;

New American Standard 1977
If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

King James 2000 Bible
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

American King James Version
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

American Standard Version
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If I have regarded iniquity in my heart, let not the Lord hearken to me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I have looked at iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.

Darby Bible Translation
Had I regarded iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not hear.

English Revised Version
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear:

Webster's Bible Translation
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

World English Bible
If I cherished sin in my heart, the Lord wouldn't have listened.

Young's Literal Translation
Iniquity, if I have seen in my heart, The Lord doth not hear.
Study Bible
Make a Joyful Noise
17I cried out to Him with my mouth and praised Him with my tongue. 18If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. 19But God has surely heard; He has attended to the sound of my prayer.…
Cross References
John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will.

James 4:3
And when you do ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may squander it on your pleasures.

Deuteronomy 1:45
And you returned and wept before the LORD, but He would not listen to your voice or give ear to you.

Job 27:9
Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him?

Job 36:21
Be careful not to turn to iniquity, for this you have preferred to affliction.

Psalm 18:23
And I have been blameless before Him and kept myself from iniquity.

Psalm 18:41
They cried for help, but there was no one to save them--to the LORD, but He did not answer.

Proverbs 1:28
Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will earnestly seek me, but will not find me.

Proverbs 28:9
Whoever turns his ear away from hearing the law, even his prayer is detestable.

Isaiah 1:15
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you multiply your prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

Jeremiah 11:14
As for you, do not pray for these people. Do not raise up a cry or a prayer on their behalf, for I will not be listening when they call out to Me at the time of their disaster.

Treasury of Scripture

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

If I regard

Job 27:8,9
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? …

Proverbs 15:8,29
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight…

Proverbs 21:13
Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.







Lexicon
If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

I had cherished
רָאִ֣יתִי (rā·’î·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

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

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

the Lord
אֲדֹנָֽי׃ (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 136: The Lord

would not
לֹ֖א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

have listened.
יִשְׁמַ֣ע ׀ (yiš·ma‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently
(18) If I regard . . .--Rather, if I had seen evil (i.e., had had it purposely in view) in my heart, the Lord would not have heard me. One may not "be pardoned and retain the offence." The reference may be either to the forming of wicked schemes, or to the complacent view of wickedness in others.

The protestation of innocence in this verse, being made by or for the community at large, marks a late period for the composition. (See Introduction, and Psalms 44, Introduction and Notes.)

Verse 18. - If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. This is the inward conviction of every simple, unsophisticated soul. It is confirmed by numerous passages of Holy Writ (Job 27:9; Job 31:27; Proverbs 15:29; Proverbs 28:9; Isaiah 1:15; Zechariah 7:13; John 9:31, etc.). 66:13-20 We should declare unto those that fear God, what he has done for our souls, and how he has heard and answered our prayers, inviting them to join us in prayer and praise; this will turn to our mutual comfort, and to the glory of God. We cannot share these spiritual privileges, if we retain the love of sin in our hearts, though we refrain from the gross practice, Sin, regarded in the heart, will spoil the comfort and success of prayer; for the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination of the Lord. But if the feeling of sin in the heart causes desires to be rid of it; if it be the presence of one urging a demand we know we must not, cannot comply with, this is an argument of sincerity. And when we pray in simplicity and godly sincerity, our prayers will be answered. This will excite gratitude to Him who hath not turned away our prayer nor his mercy from us. It was not prayer that fetched the deliverance, but his mercy that sent it. That is the foundation of our hopes, the fountain of our comforts; and ought to be the matter of our praises.
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