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Psalms 51:11

    Psalms 51:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your holy spirit from me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Cast me not away from thy presence; And take not thy holy Spirit from me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Do not put me away from before you, or take your holy spirit from me.

    Webster's Revision

    Cast me not away from thy presence; And take not thy holy Spirit from me.

    World English Bible

    Don't throw me from your presence, and don't take your holy Spirit from me.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

    Definitions for Psalms 51:11

    Cast - Worn-out; old; cast-off.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 51:11

    Cast me not away from thy presence - Banish me not from thy house and ordinances.

    Take not thy Holy Spirit from me - I know I have sufficiently grieved it to justify its departure for ever, in consequence of which I should be consigned to the blackness of darkness, - either to utter despair, or to a hard heart and seared conscience; and so work iniquity with greediness, till I fell into the pit of perdition. While the Spirit stays, painfully convincing of sin, righteousness, and judgment, there is hope of salvation; when it departs, then the hope of redemption is gone. But while there his any godly sorrow, any feeling of regret for having sinned against God, any desire to seek mercy, then the case is not hopeless; for these things prove that the light of the Spirit is not withdrawn.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 51:11

    Cast me not away from thy presence - That is, Do not reject me, or cast me off entirely; do not abandon me; do not leave me in my sin and sorrow. The language is derived from the idea that true happiness is to be found in the "presence" of God, and that to be exiled from him is misery. Compare Psalm 16:11, note; Psalm 31:20, note. See also Psalm 140:13.

    And take not thy holy Spirit from me - It is not certain that David understood by the phrase "thy Holy Spirit" precisely what is now denoted by it as referring to the third person of the Trinity. The language, as used by him, would denote some influence coming from God producing holiness, "as if" God breathed his own spirit, or his own self, into the soul. The language, however, is appropriate to be used in the higher and more definite sense in which it is now employed, as denoting that sacred Spirit - the Holy Spirit - by whom the heart is renewed, and by whom comfort is imparted to the soul. It is not necessary to suppose that the inspired writers of the Old Testament had a full and complete comprehension of the meaning of the words which they employed, or that they appreciated all that their words might properly convey, or the fullness of signification in which they might be properly used in the times of the Gospel. Compare the notes at 1 Peter 1:10-12. The language used here by David - "take not" - implies that he had been formerly in possession of that which he now sought. There was still in his heart that which might be regarded as the work of the Spirit of God; and he earnestly prayed that that might not be wholly taken away on account of his sin, or that he might not be entirely abandoned to despair.