Psalm 36 in two versions
Sometimes it’s helpful to compare different translations of the Bible. Here are two versions of Psalm 36. We’d like to hear your responses. Left justified text is the ESV; centered text is the Contemporary English Version.
1 Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart;
there is no fear of God before his eyes.
Sinners don’t respect God;
sin is all they think about.
2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes
that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
They like themselves too much
to hate their own sins or even to see them.
3 The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit;
he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
They tell deceitful lies,
and they don’t have the sense to live right.
4 He plots trouble while on his bed;
he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.
Those people stay awake, thinking up mischief,
and they follow the wrong road, refusing to turn from sin.
5 Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your love is faithful, Lord,
and even the clouds in the sky can depend on you.
6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O LORD.
Your decisions are always fair, are firm like mountains,
deep like the sea,
and all people and animals are under your care.
7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Your love is a treasure,
and everyone finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
You give your guests a feast in your house,
and you serve a tasty drink that flows like a river.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
The life-giving fountain belongs to you,
and your light gives light to each of us.
10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
Our Lord, keep showing love to everyone who knows you,
and use your power to save all whose thoughts please you.
11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
Don’t let those proud and merciless people
kick me around or chase me away.
12 There the evildoers lie fallen;
they are thrust down, unable to rise.
Look at those wicked people!
They are knocked down, never to get up again.
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Today is Pentecost Sunday in we which celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.
In Australia we are a day ahead of the USA and this blog runs on American time, so it is Sunday night for me as I’m finishing off this post. At my Lutheran service this morning, we sang the hymn Come Holy Spirit Come. [This link is broken and there is no replacement. Editors.] The words of this hymn are wonderful and they spoke to me as a survivor and as one who loves justice. It can be sung to the same tune as Crown Him With Many Crowns.