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Psalms 69:27

    Psalms 69:27 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Add iniquity to their iniquity: and let them not come into your righteousness.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Add iniquity unto their iniquity; And let them not come into thy righteousness.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let their punishment be increased; let them not come into your righteousness.

    Webster's Revision

    Add iniquity unto their iniquity; And let them not come into thy righteousness.

    World English Bible

    Charge them with crime upon crime. Don't let them come into your righteousness.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.

    Definitions for Psalms 69:27

    Iniquity - Sin; wickedness; evil.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 69:27

    Add iniquity unto their iniquity - תנה עון על עונם tenah avon al avonam; give iniquity, that is, the reward of it, upon or for their iniquity. Or, as the original signifies perverseness, treat their perverseness with perverseness: act, in thy judgments, as crookedly towards them as they dealt crookedly towards thee. They shall get, in the way of punishment, what they have dealt out in the way of oppression.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 69:27

    Add iniquity unto their iniquity - Margin, "punishment of iniquity." The literal rendering is, "Give iniquity upon their iniquity." Luther understands this as a prayer that "sin may be made a punishment for sin;" that is, that they may, as a punishment for their former sins, be left to commit still more aggravated crimes, and thus draw on themselves severer punishment. So Rosenmuller renders it, "Suffer them to accumulate sins by rushing from one sin to another, until their crimes are matured, and their destined punishment comes upon them." An idea similar to this occurs in Romans 1:28, where God is represented as having "given the pagan over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient" fit, or proper - "because they did not like to retain him in their knowledge." Perhaps this is the most natural interpretation here, though another has been suggested which the original will bear. According to that, there is an allusion here to the double sense of the equivocal term rendered "iniquity" - עון ‛âvôn - which properly denotes sin as such, or in itself considered, but which sometimes seems to denote sin in its consequences or effects. This latter is the interpretation adopted by Prof. Alexander. Thus understood, it is a prayer that God would add, or give, to their sin that which sin deserved; or, in other words, that he would punish it "as" it deserved.

    And let them not come into thy righteousness - Let them not be treated "as" righteous; as those who are regarded by "thee" as righteous. Let them be treated as they deserve. This is the same as praying that a murderer may not be treated as an innocent man; a burglar, as if he were a man of peace; or a dishonest man, as if he were honest. Let people be regarded and treated as they "are in fact;" or, as they deserve to be treated. It seems difficult to see why this prayer may not be offered with propriety, and with a benevolent heart - for to bring this about is what all officers of justice are endeavoring to accomplish.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 69:27

    69:27 Wilt add - Give them up to their own lusts. Not let them - Partake of thy righteousness, or of thy mercy and goodness.