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Psalms 17:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— As for the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the ways of the violent.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept [me from] the paths of the destroyer.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— As for the deeds of men, by the word of Your lips I have kept from the paths of the violent.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept [me from] the paths of the destroyer.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept from the paths of the violent [man].
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— As for the workings of men, By the word of thy lips, have, I, taken heed of the paths of the violent one.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— As to doings of man, Through a word of Thy lips I have observed The paths of a destroyer;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— That my mouth may not speak the works of men: for the sake of the words of thy lips, I have kept hard ways.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Concerning the workes of men, by the word of thy lips, I haue kept [me from] the paths of the destroyer.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— As for the works of men, by the words of thy lips I have guarded [myself from] hard ways.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept [me from] the paths of the destroyer.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Concerning the works 6468
{6468} Prime
Feminine passive participle of H6466; (abstractly) work.
of men, 120
{0120} Prime
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
by the word 1697
{1697} Prime
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
of thy lips 8193
{8193} Prime
(The second form is in dual and plural); Probably from H5595 or H8192 through the idea of termination (compare H5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication language; by analogy a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.).
I x589
(0589) Complement
Contracted from H0595; I.
have kept 8104
{8104} Prime
A primitive root; properly to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
[me from] the paths 734
{0734} Prime
From H0732; a well trodden road (literally or figuratively); also a caravan.
of the destroyer. 6530
{6530} Prime
From H6555; violent, that is, a tyrant.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 17:4

_ _ works of men — sinful practices.

_ _ by the word of thy lips — as a guide (Psalms 119:9, Psalms 119:11, Psalms 119:95).

_ _ destroyer — violent man.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 17:1-7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 17:4

Concerning the works of men, by the (e) word of thy lips I have kept [me from] the paths of the destroyer.

(e) Though the wicked provoked me to do evil for evil, yet your word kept me back.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 14:1-3 [[To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David.]] The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good. ... They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.
Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually.
Genesis 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
Job 31:33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
1 Peter 4:2-3 That he no longer should live the rest of [his] time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. ... For the time past of [our] life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:


Psalms 119:9-11 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word. ... Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Proverbs 2:10-15 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; ... Whose ways [are] crooked, and [they] froward in their paths:
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.


1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, [which is] the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue [is] Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath [his] name Apollyon.
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Gn 6:5, 11. Jb 15:16; 31:33. Ps 14:1; 119:9. Pv 2:10. Mt 4:4, 7, 10. Jn 17:17. 1Co 3:3. Ep 6:17. Jm 1:18. 1P 4:2; 5:8. Rv 9:11; 12:11.

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