Psalm 36:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 36:2, NIV: In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.

Psalm 36:2, ESV: For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.

Psalm 36:2, KJV: For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.

Psalm 36:2, NASB: For it flatters him in his own eyes Concerning the discovery of his wrongful deed and the hatred of it.

Psalm 36:2, NLT: In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are.

Psalm 36:2, CSB: For with his flattering opinion of himself, he does not discover and hate his iniquity.

What does Psalm 36:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A common attitude among those who reject God's wisdom (Proverbs 1:7) is the deception of thinking there will be no consequences (Psalm 36:1). Those fooled by sinful thinking assume no one will know, or care, about what they have done. This perspective is wrong: it means looking at sin from a fallible, human perspective instead of through God's eyes.

Although God loves the sinner (Ezekiel 18:23; Romans 5:10), He despises sin (Proverbs 6:16–19). Furthermore, as Hebrews 4:13 points out, "No creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account." When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden, they tried to hide from God (Genesis 3:8). Sin causes sinners to try to hide from God, but every such attempt will fail. No one escapes the punishment deserved for sin unless they trust Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16–18). When they do, they receive forgiveness as well as the power to resist temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13; Philippians 2:12–13).