Psalm 26:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 26:10, NIV: "in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes."

Psalm 26:10, ESV: "in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes."

Psalm 26:10, KJV: "In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes."

Psalm 26:10, NASB: "In whose hands is a wicked scheme, And whose right hand is full of bribes."

Psalm 26:10, NLT: "Their hands are dirty with evil schemes, and they constantly take bribes."

Psalm 26:10, CSB: "in whose hands are evil schemes and whose right hands are filled with bribes."

What does Psalm 26:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Hebrew term translated "devices" here is zimmāh, which refers to plans or, perhaps most accurately, "schemes." The English term "devices" has also been used to mean plotting or conspiring. The idea, here, is that of evil intent. This same term appears in other Scriptures warning against underhanded plans (Proverbs 21:27). Used as a criticism, the word is strong: zimmāh is frequently used in reference to gross sexual immorality or other shameless acts (Leviticus 18:17; Jeremiah 13:27).

Bribes—exchanging money or favors to violate some rule or law—are routinely condemned in the Bible. "'Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'" (Deuteronomy 27:25). Micah 7:2–3 issues an indictment against the ungodly element in Israel. It states that "they all lie in wait for blood, and each hunts the other with a net. Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well; the prince and the judge ask for a bribe." Bribes have been a common problem in every culture because they are effective ways to take advantage of human greed (Proverbs 17:8).