Psalms 51:17

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The offerings of God are a broken spirit; a broken and sorrowing heart, O God, you will not put from you.
- Basic English Bible

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
- Darby Bible

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
- Webster's Bible

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
- World English Bible

The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit, A heart broken and bruised, O God, Thou dost not despise.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(51:19) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 51:17


51:17 A broken spirit - This is of more value than many sacrifices.


Discussion for Psalms 51:17

  • Partridge Mutiso for verse 17
    God is looking for a broken and a contrite spirit! My own righteousness before God is like a filthy rag! When you have a SEED, you are broken! Surrounding your will to God! You don 't go to the house of God to push for your agenda but seek His!
  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 17
    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, and a contrite heart O God thou will not despise. David had accepted the fact that God does not delight in our sacrifices, and burnt offerings. Rather God wants us to be broken over our sin, and have a contrite heart. David had fasted and prayed over the child that was born from the adulterous affair, and God despite that took the child. David then said I must go to him, and we know the child was in heaven with the Father. So children that die go to heaven. That includes all those aborted fetuses, because to God birth begins at inception. Yes God will forgive all those mothers who committed this sin, and with a broken and contrite heart, God will restore the joy of their salvation. As David prayed create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me. As far as the east is from the west, has God cast our sins from us. He buries them in the Ocean, and does not remember them any more. Let the Lord do a new work in your life, and know that if anyone be in Christ, he/she is a new creature. All things are passed away, and all thing are become new. I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, He will forgive our sin, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This promise is to all who have put their faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ upon the cross. Jesus who knew no sin, became sin for us, so that we could be clothed in the righteousness of Christ. We are then justified with God, and the Church. Those who walk in the Light as God is Light, will have fellowship with the Father, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. We know longer have the guilt of our past sins, for they are nailed to the cross. May the Lord bless you richly.

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