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Psalms 51:13

    Psalms 51:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then will I teach transgressors your ways; and sinners shall be converted to you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; And sinners shall be converted unto thee.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then will I make your ways clear to wrongdoers; and sinners will be turned to you.

    Webster's Revision

    Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; And sinners shall be converted unto thee.

    World English Bible

    Then I will teach transgressors your ways. Sinners shall be converted to you.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 51:13

    Then will I teach transgressors - I will show myself to be grateful; I will testify of thy loving-kindness; I will call on transgressors to consider the error of their ways; and shall set before them so forcibly thy justice and mercy, that sinners shall be converted unto thee. With a little change I can adopt the language of Dr. Delaney on this place: "Who can confide in his own strength, when he sees David fall? Who can despair of Divine mercy when he sees him forgiven? Sad triumph of sin over all that is great or excellent in man! Glorious triumph of grace over all that is shameful and dreadful in sin!"

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 51:13

    Then will I teach transgressors thy ways - As an expression of gratitude, and as the result of his own painful experience. He would show them, from that experience, the evil and the bitterness of sin in itself; he would show them with what dreadful consequences sin must always be followed; he would show them the nature of true repentance; he would show them what was required in order that sin might be forgiven; he would encourage them to come to that God who had forgiven him. So the Saviour charged Peter, from his own bitter experience in having fallen under the power of temptation, to strengthen and encourage those who were struggling with the depravity of their own hearts, and who were in danger of falling: "And when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren," Luke 22:32.

    And sinners shall be converted unto thee - They would see from his case the evil of transgression; they would learn from his example that mercy might be found; they would be persuaded to flee from the wrath to come. The best preparation for success in winning souls to God, and turning them from the error of their ways, is a deep personal experience of the guilt and the danger of sin, and of the great mercy of God in its forgiveness. No man can hope to be successful who has not experienced this in his own soul; no one who has, will labor wholly in vain in such a work.