February 02, 2021 – Tuesday
Psalm 4:4 NIV
4 Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.
Why am I in Psalms here and now, not in Acts and still looking for examples of believe or belief? It all goes back to Bible study groups. We had one Monday evening and seven of us spent over an hour looking at and discussing the verses of Psalm 4. So I started this on Tuesday, but fell ill for a while when my blood sugar dropped into the 40’s. Fully recovered now and doing Tuesday’s Verse of the Day on Wednesday with Wednesday’s Verse of the Day to follow.
Now you might be asking, why this verse what is so special about it. Well, it as to do with the beginning of the verse. Take a look at your Bible and if you do not have a NIV version you many have something quite different than the NIV above. Let’s look at four versions beyond the NIV here all together.
4 Tremble[a] and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. NIV
4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. KJV
4 Be angry,[b] and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. NKJV
4 Be angry,[c] and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. ESV
4 Tremble[d], and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. NASB
Now let us take a look at the notes for the first word in each.
NIV Tremble, or In your anger
KJV Stand in awe, no notes
NKJV Be angry, Tremble or Be agitated
ESV Be angry, or Be agitated
NASB Tremble, with anger or fear
Charles H. Spurgeon in his The Treasury of David used the KJV, but in his exposition on this verse he wrote, “Tremble and sin not.” How many reverse this counsel and sin but tremble not. And added, Surely a want of thought must be one reason why men are so mad as to despise Christ and hate their own mercies. O that for once their passions would be quiet and let them be still, so that in solemn silence they might review the past, and meditate upon their inevitable doom. Surely a thinking man might have enough sense to discover the vanity of sin and the worthlessness of the world.
George Horne in his Commentary on the Psalms also used the KJV Stand in awe, but noted the Hebrew is tremble. He wrote of this verse, The enemies of Christ, as well as those of David, are here called to repentance, and the process of conversion is described. This makes sense as Spurgeon noted the first verse is written to God asking for help, while verses 2-5 are written to his enemies, and closes with verses 6-8 comparing his peace with that of the ungodly. Horne would likely have nothing to do with the versions that say be angry as he continues with, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom quoting either Psalm 110:10 or Proverbs 9:10.
For more commentaries on this verse go Biblehub.com here and for a look at how similar the man versions of the Bible are on this verse go to Biblegateway.com here. I would add at Biblehub.com, there is an interesting explanation of a version reading of Be ye angry, and sin not within the Pulpit Commentary that is worth considering. No matter what version you look at the admonition remains, sin not! Even if angry we are to sin not. If we Stand in awe of God or Tremble in awareness of Him, we are not to sin and seek forgiveness of our sins when we search our hearts.
BTW – I hope this encourages you to consider joining or creating a Bible study you would participate in.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Help us to always remember You and think of You even in our angry so that we may not sin. And if find we have sinned help us to see our sin clearly, repent of it, and seek Your forgiveness. – In Jesus name. Amen.