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Psalms 6:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; For Jehovah hath heard the voice of my weeping.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Depart from me, all you who do iniquity, For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for Jehovah hath heard the voice of my weeping.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity, for Yahweh hath heard the voice of my weeping:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Turn from me all ye workers of iniquity, For Jehovah heard the voice of my weeping,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity: for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Depart from me, all yee workers of iniquitie: for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Depart from me, all ye that work iniquity; for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for Yahweh hath heard the voice of my weeping.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Depart 5493
{5493} Prime
A primitive root; to turn off (literally or figuratively).
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
from x4480
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
me, all x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
ye workers 6466
{6466} Prime
A primitive root; to do or make (systematically and habitually), especially to practise.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
of iniquity; 205
{0205} Prime
From an unused root perhaps meaning properly to pant (hence to exert oneself, usually in vain; to come to naught); strictly nothingness; also trouble, vanity, wickedness; specifically an idol.
for x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
Yhw יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
hath heard 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
the voice 6963
{6963} Prime
From an unused root meaning to call aloud; a voice or sound.
of my weeping. 1065
{1065} Prime
From H1058; a weeping; by analogy, a dripping.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 6:8-9

_ _ Assured of God’s hearing, he suddenly defies his enemies by an address indicating that he no longer fears them.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 6:8-10

_ _ What a sudden change is here for the better! He that was groaning, and weeping, and giving up all for gone (Psalms 6:6, Psalms 6:7), here looks and speaks very pleasantly. Having made his requests known to God, and lodged his case with him, he is very confident the issue will be good and his sorrow is turned into joy.

_ _ I. He distinguishes himself from the wicked and ungodly, and fortifies himself against their insults (Psalms 6:8): Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity. When he was in the depth of his distress, 1. He was afraid that God's wrath against him would give him his portion with the workers of iniquity; but now that this cloud of melancholy had blown over he was assured that his soul would not be gathered with sinners, for they are not his people. He began to suspect himself to be one of them because of the heavy pressures of God's wrath upon him; but now that all his fears were silenced he bade them depart, knowing that his lot was among the chosen. 2. The workers of iniquity had teased him, and taunted him, and asked him, “Where is thy God?” triumphing in his despondency and despair; but now he had wherewith to answer those that reproached him, for God, who was about to return in mercy to him, had now comforted his spirit and would shortly complete his deliverance. 3. Perhaps they had tempted him to do as they did, to quit his religion and betake himself for ease to the pleasures of sin. But now, “depart from me; I will never lend an ear to your counsel; you would have had me to curse God and die, but I will bless him and live.” This good use we should make of God's mercies to us, we should thereby have our resolution strengthened never to have any thing more to do with sin and sinners. David was a king, and he takes this occasion to renew his purpose of using his power for the suppression of sin and the reformation of manners, Psalms 75:4; Psalms 101:3. When God has done great things for us, this should put us upon studying what we shall do for him. Our Lord Jesus seems to borrow these words from the mouth of his father David, when, having all judgment committed to him, he shall say, Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity (Luke 13:27), and so teaches us to say so now, Psalms 119:115.

_ _ II. He assures himself that God was, and would be, propitious to him, notwithstanding the present intimations of wrath which he was under. 1. He is confident of a gracious answer to this prayer which he is now making. While he is yet speaking, he is aware that God hears (as Isaiah 65:24, Daniel 9:20), and therefore speaks of it as a thing done, and repeats it with an air of triumph, “The Lord hath heard” (Psalms 6:8), and again (Psalms 6:9), “The Lord hath heard.” By the workings of God's grace upon his heart he knew his prayer was graciously accepted, and therefore did not doubt but it would in due time be effectually answered. His tears had a voice, a loud voice, in the ears of the God of mercy: The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. Silent tears are not speechless ones. His prayers were cries to God: “The Lord has heard the voice of my supplication, has put his FiatLet it be done, to my petitions, and so it will appear shortly.” 2. Thence he infers the like favourable audience of all his other prayers: “He has heard the voice of my supplication, and therefore he will receive my prayer; for he gives, and does not upbraid with former grants.”

_ _ III. He either prays for the conversion or predicts the destruction of his enemies and persecutors, Psalms 6:10. 1. It may very well be taken as a prayer for their conversion: “Let them all be ashamed of the opposition they have given me and the censures they have passed upon me. Let them be (as all true penitents are) vexed at themselves for their own folly; let them return to a better temper and disposition of mind, and let them be ashamed of what they have done against me and take shame to themselves.” 2. If they be not converted, it is a prediction of their confusion and ruin. They shall be ashamed and sorely vexed (so it maybe read), and that justly. They rejoiced that David was vexed (Psalms 6:2, Psalms 6:3), and therefore, as usually happens, the evil returns upon themselves; they also shall be sorely vexed. Those that will not give glory to God shall have their faces filled with everlasting shame.

_ _ In singing this, and praying over it, we must give glory to God, as a God ready to hear prayer, must own his goodness to us in hearing our prayers, and must encourage ourselves to wait upon him and to trust in him in the greatest straits and difficulties.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 6:8

Hath heard — By the workings of God's grace upon his heart, he knew his prayer was accepted. His tears had a voice, in the ears of the God of mercy. Silent tears are no speechless ones. Our tears are cries to God.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 6:8

(e) Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.

(e) God sends comfort and boldness in affliction, that we may triumph over our enemies.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 119:115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
Psalms 139:19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Luke 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all [ye] workers of iniquity.


Psalms 3:4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
Psalms 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: [are they] not in thy book?
Psalms 116:8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, [and] my feet from falling.
Psalms 145:18 The LORD [is] nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
Isaiah 30:19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
Isaiah 38:3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done [that which is] good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
Isaiah 38:5 Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.
Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
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Ps 3:4; 56:8; 116:8; 119:115; 139:19; 145:18. Is 30:19; 38:3, 5. Mt 7:23; 25:41. Lk 13:27. He 5:7.

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