New American Bible (Revised Edition)
3 How long, O people, will you be hard of heart?
Why do you love what is worthless, chase after lies?[a](A)
4 Know that the Lord works wonders for his faithful one;
the Lord hears when I call out to him.
5 Tremble[b] and sin no more;
weep bitterly within your hearts,
wail upon your beds,(B)
- 4:3 Love what is worthless…lies: these expressions probably refer to false gods worshiped by those the psalmist is addressing.
- 4:5 Tremble: be moved deeply with fear for failing to worship the true God. The Greek translation understood the emotion to be anger, and it is so cited in Eph 4:26. Weep bitterly…wail: weeping within one’s heart and wailing upon one’s bed denote sincere repentance because these actions are not done in public or with the community but in the privacy of one’s heart and one’s home. The same idiom is found in Hos 7:14.