Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Psalms 51:5


Look, I was guilty of sin from birth, a sinner the moment my mother conceived me. 1 


Ge 5:3; Ge 8:21; Job 14:4; Job 15:14-16; Ps 58:3; Joh 3:6; Ro 5:12; Eph 2:3

NET © Notes

tn Heb “Look, in wrongdoing I was brought forth, and in sin my mother conceived me.” The prefixed verbal form in the second line is probably a preterite (without vav [ו] consecutive), stating a simple historical fact. The psalmist is not suggesting that he was conceived through an inappropriate sexual relationship (although the verse has sometimes been understood to mean that, or even that all sexual relationships are sinful). The psalmist’s point is that he has been a sinner from the very moment his personal existence began. By going back beyond the time of birth to the moment of conception, the psalmist makes his point more emphatically in the second line than in the first.

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