Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

They devise crimes and say,
“We have perfected a secret plan.”
The inner man and the heart are mysterious.

New American Standard Bible

They devise injustices, saying, "We are ready with a well-conceived plot"; For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep.

King James Version

They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

International Standard Version

They devise wicked schemes, saying, "We have completed our plans, hiding them deep in our hearts."

A Conservative Version

They search out iniquities, [saying,] We have accomplished a diligent search. And the inward part of man and the heart [are] deep.

American Standard Version

They search out iniquities; We have accomplished,'say they , a diligent search: And the inward thought and the heart of every one is deep.

Amplified

They think out acts of injustice and say, We have accomplished a well-devised thing! For the inward thought of each one [is unsearchable] and his heart is deep.

Bible in Basic English

Or make discovery of our secret purpose? The design is framed with care; and the inner thought of a man, and his heart, is deep.

Darby Translation

They devise iniquities: We have it ready, the plan is diligently sought out. And each one's inward thought and heart is deep.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

They search out iniquities; they perfect and put into effect that which they have invented in the inward thought of each one of them and that which they have devised in their heart.

Julia Smith Translation

They will search out iniquities; they completed a search searched out: and a man drew near, and a deep heart.

King James 2000

They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, are deep.

Lexham Expanded Bible

{They carefully plot} injustices [saying], "We have perfected {the perfect plot}!" Both [the] {inner thought} and heart of man [are] deep.

Modern King James verseion

They search out injustice, saying, We have finished hiding a hidden plot. Yea, the inward part of man and the heart are deep.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

They imagine wickedness, and keep it secret among themselves; every man in the deep of his heart.

NET Bible

They devise unjust schemes; they disguise a well-conceived plot. Man's inner thoughts cannot be discovered.

New Heart English Bible

They plot injustice, saying, "We have made a perfect plan." Surely man's mind and heart are cunning.

The Emphasized Bible

They devise perverse things, They have completed the device well devised, Both the intent of each one, and the mind, are unsearchable.

Webster

They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

World English Bible

They plot injustice, saying, "We have made a perfect plan!" Surely man's mind and heart are cunning.

Youngs Literal Translation

They search out perverse things, 'We perfected a searching search,' And the inward part of man, and the heart are deep.

References

Context Readings

Protection From Evildoers

5 They encourage each other in an evil plan;
they talk about hiding traps and say,
“Who will see them?”
6 They devise crimes and say,
“We have perfected a secret plan.”
The inner man and the heart are mysterious.
7 But God will shoot them with arrows;
suddenly, they will be wounded.


Cross References

1 Samuel 22:9

Then Doeg the Edomite, who was in charge of Saul’s servants, answered: “I saw Jesse’s son come to Ahimelech son of Ahitub at Nob.

1 Samuel 24:9

David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of people who say, ‘Look, David intends to harm you’?

1 Samuel 25:10

Nabal asked them, “Who is David? Who is Jesse’s son? Many slaves these days are running away from their masters.

Psalm 5:9

For there is nothing reliable in what they say;
destruction is within them;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongues.

Psalm 35:11

Malicious witnesses come forward;
they question me about things I do not know.

Psalm 49:11

Their graves are their eternal homes,
their homes from generation to generation,
though they have named estates after themselves.

Proverbs 20:5

Counsel in a man’s heart is deep water;
but a man of understanding draws it out.

Isaiah 29:15

Woe to those who go to great lengths
to hide their plans from the Lord.
They do their works in darkness,
and say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?”

Jeremiah 17:9-10

The heart is more deceitful than anything else,
and incurable—who can understand it?

Daniel 6:4-5

The administrators and satraps, therefore, kept trying to find a charge against Daniel regarding the kingdom. But they could find no charge or corruption, for he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him.

Matthew 26:59

The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false testimony against Jesus so they could put Him to death.

John 18:29-30

Then Pilate came out to them and said, “What charge do you bring against this man?”

John 19:7

“We have a law,” the Jews replied to him, “and according to that law He must die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”

1 Corinthians 4:5

Therefore don’t judge anything prematurely, before the Lord comes, who will both bring to light what is hidden in darkness and reveal the intentions of the hearts. And then praise will come to each one from God.

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