Psalm 12:4
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New International Version
those who say, "By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us--who is lord over us?"

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

Darby Bible Translation
Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail, our lips are our own: who [is] lord over us?

World English Bible
who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail. Our lips are our own. Who is lord over us?"

Young's Literal Translation
Who said, 'By our tongue we do mightily: Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Our lips are our own - Many think, because they have the faculty of speaking, that therefore they may speak what they please.

Old MS - The qwilk sayd, our toung we sal wyrchip, our lippes er of us, qwas our Lorde? Tha Ypocrites worchepes thair toung; for that hee tham self janglyng and settes in thaire pouste to do mykil thyng and grete: and thai rose tham that thair lippes that es thair facund and thair wyls er of tham self, nought of God, ne of haly menes lare; for thi that say qua es our Lord? that es, qwat es he to qwas rewle and conversacioun we sal be undir lout? and confourme us til? Als so to say, That es none.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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!...

our own. Heb. with us

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...

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
Psalm 13:4
and my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

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

Psalm 73:9
Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.

Hosea 7:16
They do not turn to the Most High; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent words. For this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.

Hosea 10:3
Then they will say, "We have no king because we did not revere the LORD. But even if we had a king, what could he do for us?"

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