Psalm 140:9 {139:10}
Good News Translation
Don't let my enemies be victorious; make their threats against me fall back on them.

Contemporary English Version
They have me surrounded, but make them the victims of their own vicious lies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The head of them compassing me about: the labour of their lips shall overwhelm them.

New American Bible
Those who surround me raise their heads; may the mischief they threaten overwhelm them.

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The head of them compassing me about: the labour of their lips shall overwhelm them.

let the mischief

Psalm 7:16 His sorrow shall be turned on his own head: and his iniquity shall come down upon his crown.

Psalm 64:8 And their tongues against them are made weak. All that saw them were troubled;

Psalm 94:23 And he will render them their iniquity : and in their malice he will destroy them: the Lord our God will destroy them.

Esther 5:14 Then Zares his wife, and the rest of his friends answered him: Order a great beam to be prepared, fifty cubits high, and in the morning speak to the king, that Mardochai may be hanged upon it, and so thou shalt go full of joy with the king to the banquet. The counsel pleased him, and he commanded a high gibbet to be prepared.

Esther 7:10 So Aman was hanged on the gibbet, which he had prepared for Mardochai: and the king's wrath ceased.

Proverbs 10:6,11 The memory of the just is with praises: and the name of the wicked shall rot. . . .

Proverbs 12:13 For the sins of the lips ruin draweth nigh to the evil man: but the just shall escape out of distress.

Proverbs 18:7 The mouth of a fool is his destruction: and his lips are the ruin of his soul.

Matthew 27:25 And the whole people answering, said: His blood be upon us and upon our children.

Context
Rescue Me, O LORD, From Evil Men
8Give me not up, O Lord, from my desire to the wicked: they have plotted against me; do not thou forsake me, lest they should triumph. 9The head of them compassing me about: the labour of their lips shall overwhelm them.10Burning coals shall fall upon them; thou wilt cast them down into the fire: in miseries they shall not be able to stand.…
Cross References
Psalm 7:16
His sorrow shall be turned on his own head: and his iniquity shall come down upon his crown.

Psalm 94:23
And he will render them their iniquity : and in their malice he will destroy them: the Lord our God will destroy them.

Proverbs 18:7
The mouth of a fool is his destruction: and his lips are the ruin of his soul.

Additional Translations
May the heads of those who surround me be covered in the trouble their lips have caused.As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

As for the head of those that compass me about, Let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

As for the head of them that compass me, the mischief of their lips shall cover them.

[As for] the head of those that encompass me, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

As for the head of those that encompass me, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

As for the head of those who surround me, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

The chief of my surrounders, The perverseness of their lips covereth them.
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