The Psalms

Psalm 36

The grievous estate of the wicked, 1-4. The excellency of God's mercy, 8, 9. David prays for favor to God's children, 10-12.

1 [To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the Servant of the LORD.] The transgression of the wicked says within my heart that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes until his iniquity is found to be hateful.

3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit. He has ceased to be wise and to do good.

4 He devises mischief upon his bed. He sets himself in a way that is not good. He does not abhor evil.

5 Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

6 Your righteousness is like the great mountains. Your judgments are a great deep. O LORD, you preserve man and beast.

7 How excellent your loving-kindness is, O God! Therefore, the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings.

8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house, and you shall make them drink of the river of your delights.

9 For with you is the fountain of life. In your light we shall see light.

10 O continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright in heart.

11 Do not let the foot of pride come against me, and do not let the hand of the wicked remove me.

12 There the workers of iniquity have fallen. They are cast down and shall not be able to rise.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 36


[v.1] - Quoted in Romans 3:18.