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Psalms 37:4

    Psalms 37:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Delight thyself also in Jehovah; And he will give thee the desires of thy heart.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So will your delight be in the Lord, and he will give you your heart's desires.

    Webster's Revision

    Delight thyself also in Jehovah; And he will give thee the desires of thy heart.

    World English Bible

    Also delight yourself in Yahweh, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 37:4

    Delight thyself also in the Lord - Expect all thy happiness from him, and seek it in him.

    The desires of thine heart - משאלות mishaloth, the petitions. The godly man never indulges a desire which he cannot form into a prayer to God.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 37:4

    Delight thyself also in the - Lord. The word rendered "delight" means properly to live delicately and effeminately; then, to be tender or delicate; then, to live a life of ease or pleasure; then, to find delight or pleasure in anything. The meaning here is, that we should seek our happiness in God - in his being, his perfections, his friendship, his love.

    And he shall give thee the desires of thine heart - literally, the "askings," or the "requests" of thy heart. What you really "desire" will be granted to you. That is,

    (a) the fact that you seek your happiness in him will regulate your desires, so that you will be "disposed" to ask only those things which it will be proper for him to grant; and

    (b) the fact that you do find your happiness in him will be a reason why he will grant your desires.

    The fact that a child loves his father, and finds his happiness in doing his will, will do much to regulate his own "wishes" or "desires," and will at the same thee be a reason why the father will be disposed to comply with his requests.