Psalms 17:4

“Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Concerning the workes of men, by the word of thy lips, I haue kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

As for the deeds of men, by the word of Your lips I have kept from the paths of the violent.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

As for the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the ways of the violent.
- American Standard Version (1901)

As for the works of men, by the word of your lips I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.
- Basic English Bible

Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept from the paths of the violent [man].
- Darby Bible

Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
- Webster's Bible

As for the works of men, by the word of your lips, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent.
- World English Bible

As to doings of man, Through a word of Thy lips I have observed The paths of a destroyer;
- Youngs Literal Bible

As for the doings of men, by the word of Thy lips I have kept me from the ways of the violent.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 17:4


17:4 Concerning - Observing the works of the men of this age, how wicked they are, I was resolved to take more care in ordering my own actions. By - By the help of thy blessed word. Paths - The customs and practices. Destroyer - Or, of the violent man: such as Saul, and his courtiers and soldiers.


Discussion for Psalms 17

  • Mild Bill
    The Psalmist is saying a prayer in which he seems alone, and he is, until v.11. God stands with him as the remedy to his woes before a common enemy.The sword and hand of the Lord are under the control of God, but they have no hope of eternal life, as believers do.God's covenant with us is stronger than the powers of the lost of this world. Awakening with God is greater than all the things we face.
  • A disciple
    "Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips." Yet how much are people led down the path of hypocrisy right from the first day they are introduced to the Lord and the Christian religion! Just look at the way they pray; who "for a pretense make long prayers," while devouring the substance of the poor they are supposed to be caring for!
  • Teral
    God is good people and bless the lord and his people
  • Doxie Lambert
    So sorry to hear this but i hope by the help Of God you will be able get through
  • Irene123
    To Angela - You've seen 1 Cor. 10:13 ..... ? And just as you said, He knows about everything even before it happens, so naturally He is ALWAYS in control - of everything. Recently I was in the hosp. for a wk. with flu/pneumonia - and I never get sick, even tho' I am 74. I wasn't upset with God, I was too busy being sick!! But as I got better He let me know He allowed it to happen - cont.
  • MockingBird
    I want to be kept by the power of God and to be the apple of His eye. I also want to be hid under the shadow of His wing. My life is hid with Christ in God .

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