Psalms 15:4

“In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

In whose eies a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that feare the Lord: he that sweareth to his owne hurt, and changeth not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the LORD; He swears to his own hurt and does not change;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honoreth them that fear Jehovah; He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Who gives honour to those who have the fear of the Lord, turning away from him who has not the Lord's approval. He who takes an oath against himself, and makes no change.
- Basic English Bible

In whose eyes the depraved person is contemned, and who honoureth them that fear Jehovah; who, if he have sworn to his own hurt, changeth it not;
- Darby Bible

In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoreth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
- Webster's Bible

In whose eyes a vile man is despised, but who honors those who fear Yahweh; he who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and doesn't change;
- World English Bible

Despised in his eyes [is] a rejected one, And those fearing Jehovah he doth honour. He hath sworn to suffer evil, and changeth not;
- Youngs Literal Bible

In whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honoureth them that fear the LORD; he that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 15:4


15:4 Vile - An ungodly man. Honoureth - He highly esteems and loves them, though they be mean as to their worldly condition, and though they may differ from him in some opinions or practices of lesser moment. Sweareth - A promissory oath. Hurt - To his own damage. As if a man solemnly swear, that he will sell him such an estate at a price below the full worth; or that, he will give a poor man such a sum of money, which afterwards he finds inconvenient to him. Changeth not - His purpose, but continues firm and resolved to perform his promise.


Discussion for Psalms 15

  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 15:1 LORD WHO SHALL ABIDE IN THY TABERNACLE WHO SHALL DWELL IN THY HOLY HILL 15:2 HE THAT WALKETH UPRIGHTLY AND WORKETH RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SPEAKETH THE TRUTH IN HIS HEART PSALM 58:1 DO YOU INDEED SPEAK RIGHTEOUSNESS O CONGREGATION DO YOU JUDGE UPRIGHTLY O YOU SONS OF MEN PSALM 75:2 WHEN I SHALL RECEIVE THE CONGREGATION I WILL JUDGE UPRIGHTLY
  • Michael
    Who am I before Lord. The Psalm give us power to assess ourselves. I am impressed to see many people are taking oath of office while reading this phrase.

    Michael/Tanzania
  • Nemo
    I like this passage because it tells us how we should walk in Jesus and where our heart should be in God.
  • Irene123
    V.4 - "a vile person is contemned (i.e. condemned). We are not to hate the person, but the sin. It was ALWAYS God's judgment that Amaleks, Amorites, Philistines, etc, were to be destroyed; only God knows if a soul will be converted later on. These people all were the O.T. type of sin, just as the 'leven' in the exodus from Egypt was a type of sin.
  • This is the Holy characteristic of God peoples should be and their motives towar
    Psalm 15 describes who a true christians should be and how we should conduct ourselves as christians.Its also describes the Holy nature of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.If Christ richly dwell in us,this is the person, that others should see in our lives,by examples,actions, and motives.This Psalmist also describes our heart as well as our lives in Christ Jesus.Be ye Holy for I am Holy.
  • Bj
    we should do all we can to fulfill our word, even if it is very difficult to do so.

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