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Psalms 64:6

    Psalms 64:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    They search out iniquities; We have accomplished,'say they , a diligent search: And the inward thought and the heart of every one is deep.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Or make discovery of our secret purpose? The design is framed with care; and the inner thought of a man, and his heart, is deep.

    Webster's Revision

    They search out iniquities; We have accomplished,'say they , a diligent search: And the inward thought and the heart of every one is deep.

    World English Bible

    They plot injustice, saying, "We have made a perfect plan!" Surely man's mind and heart are cunning.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    They search out iniquities; We have accomplished, say they, a diligent search: and the inward thought of every one, and the heart, is deep.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 64:6

    They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search - The word חפש chaphash, which is used three times, as a noun and a verb, in this sentence, signifies to strip off the clothes. "They investigate iniquities; they perfectly investigate an investigation." Most energetically translated by the old Psalter: Thai ransaked wickednesses: thai failled ransakand in ransaking. To ransack signifies to search every corner, to examine things part by part, to turn over every leaf, to leave no hole or cranny unexplored. But the word investigate fully expresses the meaning of the term, as it comes either from in, taken privately, and vestire, to clothe, stripping the man bare, that he may be exposed to all shame, and be the more easily wounded; or from the word investigo, which may be derived from in, intensive, and vestigium, the footstep or track of man or beast. A metaphor from hunting the stag; as the slot, or mark of his foot, is diligently sought out, in order to find whither he is gone, and whether he is old or young, for huntsmen can determine the age by the slot. Tuberville, in his Treatise on Hunting, gives rules to form this judgment, To this the next verse seems to refer.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 64:6

    They search out iniquities - They search deep; they examine plans; they rack their invention to accomplish it. The original word - חפשׂ châphaś - is a word which is used to denote the act of exploring - as when one searches for treasure, or for anything that is hidden or lost - implying a deep and close attention of the mind to the subject. So here they examined every plan, or every way which was suggested to them, by which they could hope to accomplish their purpose.

    They accomplish - This would be better translated by rendering it, "We have perfected it!" That is, We have found it out; it is complete; meaning that they had found a plan to their liking. It is the language of self-congratulatlon.

    A diligent search - Or rather, "The search is a deep search." In other words, "The plan is a consummate plan; it is just to our mind; it is exactly what we have sought to find." This, too, is language of self-congratulation and satisfaction at the plan which they had thought of, and which was so exactly to their mind.

    Both the inward thought - literally, the inside; that is, the hidden design.

    And the heart - The plan formed in the heart; the secret purpose.

    Is deep - A deep-laid scheme; a plan that indicates profound thought; a purpose that is the result of consummate sagacity. This is the language of the author of the psalm. He admitted that there had been great talent and skill in the formation of the plan. Hence, it was that he cried so earnestly to God.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 64:6

    64:6 Iniquities - They study diligently, to find new ways of doing mischief. Deep - Cunning, both to contrive and conceal, and to execute their plots.