Viewing the original 1611 KJV with archaic English spelling.
Click to switch to the Standard KJV.



+     Text Size    

1 To the chiefe musician, A Psalme of Dauid, the seruant of the Lord. The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no feare of God before his eyes.

2 For he flatterech himselfe in his owne eyes, vntill his iniquitie be found to be hatefull.

3 The words of his mouth are iniquitie and deceit: he hath left off to bee wise, and to doe good.

4 Hee deuiseth mischiefe vpon his bed, he setteth himselfe in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not euill.

5 Thy mercie (O Lord) is in the heauens; and thy faithfulnesse reacheth vnto the cloudes.

6 Thy righteousnesse is like the great mountaines; thy iudgements are a great deepe; O Lord, thou preseruest man and beast.

7 How excellent is thy louing kindnesse, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust vnder the shadowe of thy wings.

8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatnesse of thy house: and thou shalt make them drinke of the riuer of thy pleasures.

9 For with thee is the fountaine of life: in thy light shall we see light.

10 O continue thy louing kindnesse vnto them that know thee; and thy righteousnesse to the vpright in heart.

11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remoue me.

12 There are the workers of iniquitie fallen: they are cast downe, and shal not be able to rise.

Viewing the original 1611 KJV with archaic English spelling
Click to switch to the Standard KJV.


Commentary for Psalms 36

The bad state of the wicked. (1-4) The goodness of God. (5-12)

1-4 From this psalm our hearts should be duly affected with hatred of sin, and seek satisfaction in God's loving-kindness. Here is the root of bitterness, from which all the wickedness of wicked men comes. It takes rise from contempt of God, and the want of due regard to him. Also from the deceit they put upon their own souls. Let us daily beg of God to preserve us from self-flattery. Sin is very hurtful to the sinner himself, and therefore ought to be hateful; but it is not so. It is no marvel, if those that deceive themselves, seek to deceive all mankind; to whom will they be true, who are false to their own souls? It is bad to do mischief, but worse to devise it, to do it with plot and management. If we willingly banish holy meditations in our solitary hours, Satan will soon occupy our minds with sinful imaginations. Hardened sinners stand to what they have done, as though they could justify it before God himself.

5-12 Men may shut up their compassion, yet, with God we shall find mercy. This is great comfort to all believers, plainly to be seen, and not to be taken away. God does all wisely and well; but what he does we know not now, it is time enough to know hereafter. God's loving-kindness is precious to the saints. They put themselves under his protection, and then are safe and easy. Gracious souls, though still desiring more of God, never desire more than God. The gifts of Providence so far satisfy them, that they are content with such things as they have. The benefit of holy ordinances is sweet to a sanctified soul, and strengthening to the spiritual and Divine life. But full satisfaction is reserved for the future state. Their joys shall be constant. God not only works in them a gracious desire for these pleasures, but by his Spirit fills their souls with joy and peace in believing. He quickens whom he will; and whoever will, may come, and take from him of the waters of life freely. May we know, and love, and uprightly serve the Lord; then no proud enemy, on earth or from hell, shall separate us from his love. Faith calleth things that are not, as though they were. It carries us forward to the end of time; it shows us the Lord, on his throne of judgment; the empire of sin fallen to rise no more.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 36

  • Robert DeHaan
    To know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, there is no greater joy than walking and talking with our Master and King. Since being disabled the last six years and being homebound, I fell deeper in love with my Redeemer Kinsman. O Lord gather your Kingdom Eternal in these end days. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! Praise Him all that breathe! I love you Jesus!
  • Molly
    Jesus said He is the light of the world as long as He is in the world. But, He later told us, "But, now are ye the lights of the world", signifying the responsibility which lies on the shoulders of those who know God, to be examples of faith and righteousness; to stand in the gap as prayer warriors for those who do not know the Lord and for our nation; and, to lead the lost to Him. God bless!
  • BSP
    Jehovah God is the source of life and the true source of spiritual enlightenment.
  • Rey
    there-is-satisfaction-and-pleasure-in-GOD-for-verse-8-says-so.-not-sinful-satisfaction-or-sinful-pleasure-but-pure-and-holy-pleasure-and-satisfaction.and-GOD-delights-for-us-to-enjoy-his-pleasures-and-then-we-become-satisfied.-when-was-the-last-time-you-enjoyed-that?-is-yours-for-the-taking.-simple-enough-don't-you-think-so?
  • Leslie Brown
    We must trust in the Lord God each and every day. We are living in a world where so much evil is all around us. But we must be still and and know that He is God. It is written greater is he that is in us then he in the world. It is written we are more than conquerors. It is written he was come that we may have life more abundantly. We have power with the word of God.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 119:105 THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET AND A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH --- 2 PETER 1:19 WE HAVE ALSO A MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY WHEREUNTO YOU DO WELL THAT YOU TAKE HEED AS UNTO A LIGHT THAT SHINETH IN A DARK PLACE UNTIL THE DAY DAWN AND THE DAY STAR ARISE IN YOUR HEARTS --- ISAIAH 8:20 TO THE LAW AND TO THE TESTIMONY IF THEY SPEAK NOT ACCORDING TO THIS WORD IT IS BECAUSE THERE IS NO LIGHT IN THEM --- JEREMIAH 2:13 FOR MY PEOPLE HAVE COMMITTED TWO EVILS THEY HAVE FORSAKEN ME --- THE FOUNTAIN --- OF LIVING WATERS AND HEWED THEM OUT CISTERNS BROKEN CISTERNS THAT CAN HOLD NO WATER --- 1 JOHN 2:9 HE THAT SAITH HE IS IN THE LIGHT AND HATETH HIS BROTHER IS IN DARKNESS EVEN UNTIL NOW --2:10-- HE THAT LOVETH HIS BROTHER ABIDETH IN THE LIGHT AND THERE IS --- NONE OCCASION OF STUMBLING IN HIM --- 1 JOHN 3:10 IN THIS THE CHILDREN OF GOD ARE MANIFEST AND THE children of the devil WHOSOEVER DOETH NOT RIGHTEOUSNESS --- IS NOT OF GOD --- NEITHER HE THAT LOVETH NOT HIS BROTHER

View All Comments for Psalms Chapter 36...

Bible Options

Sponsored Links