Psalm 36

How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love

To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the Lord.

Transgression speaks to the wicked
deep in his heart; 1
y there is no fear of God
before his eyes.
2 z For he flatters himself in his own eyes
that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
3 The words of his mouth are a trouble and deceit;
b he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
4 He c plots d trouble while on his bed;
he sets himself in e a way that is not good;
f he does not reject evil.

5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 g Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
h your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you i save, O Lord.

7 j How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge k in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on l the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from m the river of n your delights.
9 For with you is o the fountain of life;
p in your light do we see light.

10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who q know you,
and your righteousness to r the upright of heart!
11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There s the evildoers lie fallen;
they are thrust down, t unable to rise.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 18:1
    I love you, O Lord, my strength.
  2. Cross References
    Romans 3:18
    "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
  3. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 29:19
    One who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, 'I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.' This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike.
    Psalms 10:3
    For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.
    Psalms 49:18
    For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed - and though you get praise when you do well for yourself -
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 12:2
    Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
  5. Cross References
    Jeremiah 4:22
    "For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are 'wise' - in doing evil! But how to do good they know not."
  6. Cross References
    Micah 2:1
    Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand.
    Proverbs 4:16
    For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 10:7
    His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 65:2
    I spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 97:10
    O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 71:19
    Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 92:5
    How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!
    Romans 11:33
    Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 104:14 - 15
    You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth
    Psalms 145:9
    The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
    Psalms 145:15 - 16
    The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
    Nehemiah 9:6
    You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 31:19
    Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!
  14. Cross References
    Ruth 2:12
    The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 23:5
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
    Psalms 27:4
    One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.
    Psalms 65:4
    Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!
    Isaiah 25:6
    On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
    Jeremiah 31:12 - 14
    They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall languish no more.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 46:4
    There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
    Revelation 22:1
    Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 16:11
    You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
  18. Cross References
    Jeremiah 2:13
    For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
    John 4:10
    Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.
    John 4:14
    But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
    John 5:26
    For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.
  19. Cross References
    John 1:9
    The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
    Acts 26:18
    To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
    1 Peter 2:9
    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
  20. Cross References
    Jeremiah 22:16
    He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? declares the Lord.
    Galatians 4:9
    But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?
    Psalms 79:6
    Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the kingdoms that do not call upon your name!
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 7:10
    My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 94:4
    They pour out their arrogant words; all the evildoers boast.
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 1:5
    Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
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