Psalms 119:36

“Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Incline my heart vnto thy testimonies: and not to couetousnesse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Incline my heart to Your testimonies And not to {dishonest} gain.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, And not to covetousness.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let my heart be turned to your unchanging word, and not to evil desire.
- Basic English Bible

Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to gain.
- Darby Bible

Incline my heart to thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
- Webster's Bible

Turn my heart toward your statutes, not toward selfish gain.
- World English Bible

Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies, And not unto dishonest gain.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Incline my heart unto Thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 119:36


119:36 Covetousness - He mentions this in particular, because it is most opposite to God's testimonies, and does most commonly hinder men from receiving his word, and from profiting by it: and because it is most pernicious, as being the root of all evil.


Discussion for Psalms 119:36

  • I believe the testimonies are things God reveals about himself. David wrote in Psalms 37:25, I have been young and now I am old yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread. David knew God would provide any need so there was no need to preoccupy himself on the material things. Jeremiah wrote the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it? David knew all to well the struggle of the flesh. His desire was to incline his heart with God and His word to the extent covetousness would have no place to take root. Many good man have had to leave the ministry because they did not guard themselves in this area.

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