Psalm 12:4
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English Standard Version
those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”

King James Bible
Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

American Standard Version
Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; Our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who have said: We will magnify our tongue; our lips are our own; who is Lord over us?

English Revised Version
Who have said, with our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

Psalm 12:4 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The words of David's counsellors who fear for him are now ended. And David justifies his confidence in God with which he began his song. Jahve sits enthroned above all that takes place on earth that disheartens those of little faith. At an infinite distance above the earth, and also above Jerusalem, now in rebellion, is a קדשׁ היכל קד, Psalm 18:7; Psalm 29:9, and in this holy temple is Jahve, the Holy One. Above the earth are the heavens, and in heaven is the throne of Jahve, the King of kings. And this temple, this palace in the heavens, is the place whence issues the final decision of all earthly matters, Habakkuk 2:20; Micah 1:2. For His throne above is also the super-terrestrial judgment-seat, Psalm 9:8; Psalm 103:19. Jahve who sits thereon is the all-seeing and omniscient One. חזה prop. to split, cf. cernere, is used here according to its radical meaning, of a sharp piercing glance. בּחן prop. to try metals by fire, of a fixed and penetrating look that sees into a thing to the foundation of its inmost nature. The mention of the eyelids is intentional. When we observe a thing closely or ponder over it, we draw the eyelids together, in order that our vision may be more concentrated and direct, and become, as it were, one ray piercing through the object. Thus are men open to the all-seeing eyes, the all-searching looks of Jahve: the just and the unjust alike. He tries the righteous, i.e., He knows that in the depth of his soul there is an upright nature that will abide all testing (Psalm 17:3; Job 23:10), so that He lovingly protects him, just as the righteous lovingly depends upon Him. And His soul hates (i.e., He hates him with all the energy of His perfectly and essentially holy nature) the evil-doer and him that delights in the violence of the strong towards the weak. And the more intense this hatred, the more fearful will be the judgments in which it bursts forth.

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Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise...

James 3:5,6 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles!...

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Genesis 3:5 For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.

Job 21:14,15 Therefore they say to God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of your ways...

Jeremiah 2:31 O generation, see you the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness to Israel? a land of darkness? why say my people, We are lords...

Daniel 3:15 Now if you be ready that at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer...

2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God...

Cross References
Psalm 13:4
lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him," lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

Psalm 73:8
They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.

Psalm 73:9
They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.

Hosea 7:16
They return, but not upward; they are like a treacherous bow; their princes shall fall by the sword because of the insolence of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.

Hosea 10:3
For now they will say: "We have no king, for we do not fear the LORD; and a king--what could he do for us?"

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