Psalm 36 – New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 36[a]

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord.

  1. I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:[b] There is no fear of God before their eyes.
  2. In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.
  3. The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good.
  4. Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong.
  5. Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
  6. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
  7. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
  8. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.
  9. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
  10. Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart.
  11. May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
  12. See how the evildoers lie fallen—thrown down, not able to rise!


a. Psalm 36:1 In Hebrew texts 36:1-12 is numbered 36:2-13.
b. Psalm 36:1 Or A message from God: The transgression of the wicked / resides in their hearts.

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Psalm 36 – King James Version (KJV)

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD.

  1. The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, That there is no fear of God before his eyes.
  2. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
  3. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: He hath left off to be wise, and to do good.
  4. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; He setteth himself in a way that is not good; He abhorreth not evil.
  5. Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; And thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
  6. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; Thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
  7. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
  8. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; And thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
  9. For with thee is the fountain of life: In thy light shall we see light.
  10. O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; And thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
  11. Let not the foot of pride come against me, And let not the hand of the wicked remove me.
  12. There are the workers of iniquity fallen: They are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.