Psalm 12:2
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Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.

King James Bible
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

Darby Bible Translation
They speak falsehood every one with his neighbour: [with] flattering lip, with a double heart, do they speak.

World English Bible
Everyone lies to his neighbor. They speak with flattering lips, and with a double heart.

Young's Literal Translation
Vanity they speak each with his neighbour, Lip of flattery! With heart and heart they speak.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They speak vanity every one with his neighbor - They are false and hollow; they say one thing while they mean another; there is no trusting to what they say.

Flattering lips, and with a double heart do they speak - בלב ולב beleb valeb, "With a heart and a heart." They seem to have two hearts; one to speak fair words, and the other to invent mischief. The old MS. both translates and paraphrases curiously.

Trans. Dayn spak ilkan til his neghbur: swykil lippis in hert, and thurgh hert thai spak.

Par - Sothfastnes es lessed, and falsed waxes: and al sa vayn spak ilkone to bygyle his neghbur: and many spendes thair tyme in vayne speche withoutyn profyte and gastely frute. And that er swyku lippis; that er jangelers berkand ogaynes sothfastnes. And swykel, for thai speke in hert and thurgh hert; that es in dubil hert, qwen a fals man thynkes ane, and sais another, to desaif hym that he spekes with.

This homely comment cannot be mended.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 10:7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

Psalm 36:3,4 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to be wise, and to do good...

Psalm 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things...

Psalm 41:6 And if he come to see me, he speaks vanity: his heart gathers iniquity to itself; when he goes abroad, he tells it.

Psalm 52:1-4 Why boast you yourself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endures continually...

Psalm 59:12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak...

Psalm 144:8,11 Whose mouth speaks vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood...

Jeremiah 9:2-6,8 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people...


Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulcher...

Psalm 28:3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbors...

Psalm 62:4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly...

Proverbs 20:19 He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flatters with his lips.

Proverbs 29:5 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

Ezekiel 12:24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly...

1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

a double heart. Heb. an heart and an heart

1 Chronicles 12:33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank...

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

The Pharisee and the Publican
Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a Publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself; God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this Publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the Publican, standing afar off would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.-- Luke, xviii. 10-13. In the beginning
John Bunyan—The Pharisee And Publican

The Scriptures
Q-II: WHAT RULE HAS GOD GIVEN TO DIRECT US HOW WE MAY GLORIFY AND ENJOY HIM? A: The Word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. 2 Tim 3:16. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,' By Scripture is understood the sacred Book of God. It is given by divine inspiration; that is, the Scripture is not the contrivance of man's brain, but is divine in its origin. The image of Diana was had in veneration
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Romans 16:18
For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

1 Chronicles 12:33
from Zebulun, experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty--50,000;

Psalm 4:2
How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods

Psalm 10:7
His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.

Psalm 28:3
Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts.

Psalm 36:3
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good.

Psalm 41:6
When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around.

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