Psalm 5:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 5:4, NIV: "For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome."

Psalm 5:4, ESV: "For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you."

Psalm 5:4, KJV: "For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee."

Psalm 5:4, NASB: "For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil can dwell with You."

Psalm 5:4, NLT: "O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked."

Psalm 5:4, CSB: "For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil cannot dwell with you."

What does Psalm 5:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Scripture states clearly that God takes no pleasure in wickedness. Contrary to the belief that God is the originator of sin, James 1:13 states: "Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am being tempted by God,' for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one." David understood that God and evil are incompatible. Sinners who do not accept Jesus as their Savior must spend eternity apart from God, because God cannot dwell with evildoers (Revelation 21:26–27).

In Isaiah's vision of the Lord seated upon His throne, he heard seraphim call to one another, "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts" (Isaiah 6:2–3). To be "holy" is to be "set apart;" in most cases, this means to be separated from sin. Sin is foreign to God's nature. Jesus, the Son of God, lived a sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21). The apostle Peter declared that we were redeemed "with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot" (1 Peter 1:19). Even Jesus' interrogators could find no fault in Him (Luke 23:4; John 8:46; Mark 14:55).