Psalm 50:17

ESV For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.
NIV You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you.
NASB For you yourself hate discipline, And you throw My words behind you.
CSB You hate instruction and fling my words behind you.
NLT For you refuse my discipline and treat my words like trash.
KJV Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.

What does Psalm 50:17 mean?

In this psalm, Israel is rebuked by God (Psalm 50:7). While they participate in sacrifices and rituals (Psalm 50:8), God rejects those rites (Psalm 50:9). This passage explains why: their sacraments are hypocritical and insincere. The people's attitudes and behaviors are drastically far from what they ought to be (Psalm 50:16). As the psalm continues, it will further detail how the nation's hearts were sinful, rather than godly (Psalm 50:18–21).

That Israel "casts" God's words aside reflects a sense of disrespect. They do not misunderstand. Nor are they making well-meaning mistakes, nor striving but falling short. The people of Asaph's era (Psalm 50:1) are deliberately ignoring what God has commanded (Psalm 73:2–3; 74:10). Complacency, such as in the New Testament church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14–15), is harmful enough. The nation addressed by this psalm is intentionally throwing God's will away. Proverbs 29:1 sounds a stern warning to everyone who treats God's words as worthless and rejects His discipline: "He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing."
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