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Psalms 44:21

    Psalms 44:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Shall not God search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Will not God search this out? For he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Will not God make search for it? for he sees the secrets of the heart.

    Webster's Revision

    Will not God search this out? For he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

    World English Bible

    won't God search this out? For he knows the secrets of the heart.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 44:21

    Shall not God search this out? - We confidently appeal to the true Good, the searcher of hearts, for the truth of this statement.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 44:21

    Shall not God search this out? - That is, If this had been the case, it would be known to God. If, as a nation, we had been given to idolatry, or if our hearts had been secretly alienated from the true God, though there had been no open manifestation of apostasy, yet that could not have been concealed from him. The question here asked implies a solemn declaration on the part of the psalmist that this was not so; or that there was no such national apostasy from God, and no such prevalence of idolatry in the land as to account for what had occurred. The reason for the calamities which had come upon them, therefore, must be found in something else.

    For he knoweth the secrets of the heart - What is in the heart: what is concealed from the world. If there were any such alienation from him in the hearts of the people, he would know it. The fact that God knows the heart, or that he understands all the secret thoughts, purposes, and motives of people, is one that is everywhere affirmed in the Scriptures. See 1 Chronicles 28:9; Romans 8:27; compare the notes at Revelation 2:23.