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Psalms 51:18 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: Build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— By Your favor do good to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Do good in thy good pleasure to Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Do good, in thy good-pleasure, unto Zion, Wilt thou build the walls of Jerusalem!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Do good in Thy good pleasure with Zion, Thou dost build the walls of Jerusalem.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Deal favourably, O Lord, in thy good will with Sion; that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Doe good in thy good pleasure vnto Sion: build thou the walles of Ierusalem.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Do good, O Lord, to Zion{gr.Sion} in thy good pleasure; and let the walls of Jerusalem be built.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Do good in thy good pleasure unto Tziyyon: build thou the walls of Yerushalaim.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Do good 3190
{3190} Prime
A primitive root; to be (causatively) make well, literally (sound, beautiful) or figuratively (happy, successful, right).
<8685> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 731
in thy good pleasure 7522
{7522} Prime
From H7521; delight.
unto x853
(0853) Complement
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
Xiyyn צִיּוֹן: 6726
{6726} Prime
The same (regular) as H6725; Tsijon (as a permanent capital), a mountain of Jerusalem.
build 1129
{1129} Prime
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
thou the walls 2346
{2346} Prime
Feminine active participle of an unused root apparently meaning to join; a wall of protection.
of Yrlaim יְרוּשָׁלִַם. 3389
{3389} Prime
A dual (in allusion to its two main hills (the true pointing, at least of the former reading, seems to be that of H3390)); probably from (the passive participle of) H3384 and H7999; founded peaceful; Jerushalaim or Jerushalem, the capital city of Palestine.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 51:18

_ _ Do good, etc. — Visit not my sin on Thy Church.

_ _ build ... walls — is to show favor; compare Psalms 89:40, for opposite form and idea.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 51:14-19.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 51:18

Good pleasure — Thy free and rich mercy. Build — Perfect the walls and buildings of that city, and especially let the temple be built, notwithstanding my sins.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 51:18

Do good in thy good pleasure unto (p) Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

(p) He prays for the whole Church, because through his sin it was in danger of God's judgment.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
Psalms 102:16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
Psalms 122:6-9 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. ... Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.
Psalms 137:5-6 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [her cunning]. ... If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp [that] burneth.
Isaiah 62:6-7 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, ... And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Jeremiah 51:50 Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.
2 Corinthians 11:28-29 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. ... Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?


Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure.
2 Thessalonians 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of [this] calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of [his] goodness, and the work of faith with power:


Nehemiah 2:17 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we [are] in, how Jerusalem [lieth] waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
Isaiah 58:12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Micah 7:11 [In] the day that thy walls are to be built, [in] that day shall the decree be far removed.
Zechariah 2:5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
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Ne 2:17. Ps 25:22; 102:16; 122:6; 137:5. Is 58:12; 62:1, 6. Jr 51:50. Dn 9:25. Mi 7:11. Zc 2:5. Lk 12:32. 2Co 11:28. Ep 1:5, 9. Php 2:13. 2Th 1:11.

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