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Psalms 106:39

    Psalms 106:39 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Thus were they defiled with their works, And played the harlot in their doings.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So they became unclean through their works, going after their evil desires.

    Webster's Revision

    Thus were they defiled with their works, And played the harlot in their doings.

    World English Bible

    Thus were they defiled with their works, and prostituted themselves in their deeds.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Thus were they defiled with their works, and went a whoring in their doings.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 106:39

    And went a whoring - By fornication, whoredom, and idolatry, the Scripture often expresses idolatry and idolatrous acts. I have given the reason of this in other places. Besides being false to the true God, to whom they are represented as betrothed and married, (and their acts of idolatry were breaches of this solemn engagement), the worship of idols was frequently accompanied with various acts of impurity.

    The translation in the Anglo-Saxon is very remarkable: and they fornicated. In Anglo-Saxon, signifies to fire, to ignite; to commit adultery. So is a prostitute, a whore; and is to go a whoring, to fornicate; probably from, or to fire, and to lie, or a glutton, - one who lies with fire, who is ignited by it, who is greedily intent upon the act by which he is inflamed. And do not the words themselves show that in former times whoredom was punished, as it is now, by a disease which produces the sensation of burning in the unhappy prostitutes, whether male or female? And to this meaning the following seems particularly to be applicable.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 106:39

    Thus were they defiled with their own works - By their very attempts to deliver themselves from sin. They were corrupt, and the consciousness that they were sinners led them to the commission of even greater enormities in attempting to expiate their guilt, even by the sacrifice of their own sons and daughters. Thus all the religions of the pagan begin in sin, and end in sin. The consciousness of sin only leads to the commission of greater sin; to all the abominations of idol-worship; to the sacrifice - the murder - of the innocent, with the vain hope of thus making expiation for their crimes. Sinners have never yet been able to devise a way by which they may make themselves pure. It is only the great Sacrifice made on the cross which meets the case; which provides expiation; and which saves from future sin.

    And went a whoring - Apostacy from God and backsliding are ofen illustrated in the Scriptures by the violation of the marriage compact, as the relation between God and his people is often compared with the relation between a husband and wife. Compare Isaiah 62:5; Jeremiah 3:14; Jeremiah 7:9; Jeremiah 13:27; Ezekiel 16:20, Ezekiel 16:22, Ezekiel 16:25, Ezekiel 16:33-34; Ezekiel 23:17.

    With their own inventions - More literally, With their own works. See the notes at Psalm 106:29.