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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CommentaryBarnes' 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.
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.
You destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.
He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.
For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, From a deceitful tongue.
What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue?
Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
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