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Psalms 26:9

    Psalms 26:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Gather not my soul with sinners, Nor my life with men of blood;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let not my soul be numbered among sinners, or my life among men of blood;

    Webster's Revision

    Gather not my soul with sinners, Nor my life with men of blood;

    World English Bible

    Don't gather my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with men of blood:

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 26:9

    Gather not my soul with sinners - As I have never loved their company, nor followed their practice, let not my eternal lot be cast with them! I neither love them nor their ways; may I never be doomed to spend an eternity with them!

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 26:9

    Gather not my soul with sinners - Margin, "take not away." The word rendered "gather," means properly to "collect;" to "gather," as fruits, Exodus 23:10; ears of grain, Ruth 2:7; money, 2 Kings 22:4. There is the idea of assembling together, or collecting; and the meaning here is, that he desired not to be united with wicked people, or to be regarded as one of their number. It does not refer particularly, as I apprehend, to death, as if he prayed that he might not be cut down with wicked people; but it has a more general meaning - that he did not wish either in this life, in death, or in the future world, to be united with the wicked. He desired that his lot might be with those who revered God, and not with those who were His foes. He was united with those who feared God now; he desired that he might be united with them forever. This is expressive of true religion; and this prayer must go forth really from every pious heart. They who truly love God must desire that their lot should be with his friends, alike in this world and in the world to come, however poor, and humble, and despised they may be; not with sinners, however prosperous, or honored, or joyful, or rich, they may be. The word "my soul" here is synonymous with "me;" and the meaning is, he desired that "he himself" should not thus be gathered with sinners. It is the same word which is commonly rendered "life."

    Nor my life - This word properly means "life;" and the prayer is, that his life might not be taken away or destroyed with that class of men. He did not wish to be associated with them when he died or was dead. He had preferred the society of the righteous; and he prayed that he might die as he had lived, united in feeling and in destiny with those who feared and loved God.

    With bloody men - Margin, "men of blood." People who shed blood - robbers, murderers - a term used to denote the wicked. See the notes at Psalm 5:6.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 26:9

    26:9 Gather not - Do not bind me up in the same bundle, or put me into the same accursed condition with them.