Psalm 52:4
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New American Standard Bible
You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

King James Bible
Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast loved all devouring words, O deceitful tongue!

World English Bible
You love all devouring words, you deceitful tongue.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast loved all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Thou lovest all devouring words - All words that tend to devour or "swallow up" reputation and happiness. Luther, "Thou speakest gladly all things (anything) that will serve to destruction." Anything, everything, that will serve to ruin people. The word rendered "devouring" - בלע bela‛ - occurs only here and in Jeremiah 51:44, though the verb from which it is derived occurs frequently: Isaiah 28:4; Exodus 7:12; Jonah 2:1 Jonah 1:17; Genesis 41:7, Genesis 41:24, et al. The verb means to swallow; and then, to consume or destroy.

O thou deceitful tongue - Margin, "and the deceitful tongue." The sense is best expressed in the text. It is an address to the tongue as loving deceit or fraud.

Psalm 52:4 Parallel Commentaries

The Exile.
David's first years at the court of Saul in Gibeah do not appear to have produced any psalms which still survive. "The sweetest songs are those Which tell of saddest thought." It was natural, then, that a period full of novelty and of prosperous activity, very unlike the quiet days at Bethlehem, should rather accumulate materials for future use than be fruitful in actual production. The old life shut to behind him for ever, like some enchanted door in a hill-side, and an unexplored land lay beckoning
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

Being Made Archbishop of Armagh, He Suffers Many Troubles. Peace Being Made, from Being Archbishop of Armagh He Becomes Bishop of Down.
[Sidenote: 1129] 19. (12). Meanwhile[365] it happened that Archbishop Cellach[366] fell sick: he it was who ordained Malachy deacon, presbyter and bishop: and knowing that he was dying he made a sort of testament[367] to the effect that Malachy ought to succeed him,[368] because none seemed worthier to be bishop of the first see. This he gave in charge to those who were present, this he commanded to the absent, this to the two kings of Munster[369] and to the magnates of the land he specially enjoined
H. J. Lawlor—St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh

Cross References
Psalm 5:6
You destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.

Psalm 101:7
He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.

Psalm 109:2
For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

Psalm 120:2
Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, From a deceitful tongue.

Psalm 120:3
What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue?

Proverbs 12:19
Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.

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