New American Standard Bible
Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars.
King James Bible
Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.
Darby Bible Translation
Who devise mischiefs in their heart; every day are they banded together for war.
World English Bible
those who devise mischief in their hearts. They continually gather themselves together for war.
Young's Literal Translation
Who have devised evils in the heart, All the day they assemble for wars.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Which imagine mischiefs in their heart - Here the language is changed to the plural number in the Hebrew, implying that while there was one man who was eminent in his wickedness and his wrong-doing, there were many others associated with him, acting under his direction. The word "mischiefs" in the Hebrew means "evils; wickednesses." It was not a single purpose; the plan embraced many forms of evil - doing him wrong in every way possible.
Continually are they gathered together for war - They are organized for this purpose; they are constantly prepared for it. The word rendered "gathered together" properly means to sojourn, to dwell for a time; and it has been proposed by some to render this, "All the day they dwell with wars;" that is, they are constantly involved in them. But the word may mean also "to gather together," as in Psalm 56:6.
LibraryEpistle xviii. To John, Bishop.
To John, Bishop. Gregory to John, Bishop of Constantinople  . At the time when your Fraternity was advanced to Sacerdotal dignity, you remember what peace and concord of the churches you found. But, with what daring or with what swelling of pride I know not, you have attempted to seize upon a new name, whereby the hearts of all your brethren might have come to take offence. I wonder exceedingly at this, since I remember how thou wouldest fain have fled from the episcopal office rather than …
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great
Covenanting a Privilege of Believers.
Behold, he travails with wickedness, And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.
He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil.
Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.
They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life.
Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who spreads strife.
No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly. They trust in confusion and speak lies; They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.
Although I trained and strengthened their arms, Yet they devise evil against Me.
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