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

New Living Translation
They visit me as if they were my friends, but all the while they gather gossip, and when they leave, they spread it everywhere.

English Standard Version
And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity; when he goes out, he tells it abroad.

Berean Study Bible
My visitor speaks falsehood; he gathers slander in his heart; he goes out and spreads it abroad.

New American Standard Bible
And when he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood; His heart gathers wickedness to itself; When he goes outside, he tells it.

New King James Version
And if he comes to see me, he speaks lies; His heart gathers iniquity to itself; When he goes out, he tells it.

King James Bible
And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.

Christian Standard Bible
When one of them comes to visit, he speaks deceitfully; he stores up evil in his heart; he goes out and talks.

Contemporary English Version
When visitors come, all they ever bring are worthless words, and when they leave, they spread gossip.

Good News Translation
Those who come to see me are not sincere; they gather bad news about me and then go out and tell it everywhere.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When one of them comes to visit, he speaks deceitfully; he stores up evil in his heart; he goes out and talks.

International Standard Version
The one who comes to visit me speaks lies; in his heart he thinks slanderous things about me and goes around spreading them.

NET Bible
When someone comes to visit, he pretends to be friendly; he thinks of ways to defame me, and when he leaves he slanders me.

New Heart English Bible
If he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood. His heart gathers iniquity to itself. When he goes abroad, he tells it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When they have come to see me, they have been speaking lies and planning evil in their heart; they have been going into the street and talking.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When one of them comes to visit me, he speaks foolishly. His heart collects gossip. [Then] he leaves to tell others.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And if one come to see me, he speaketh falsehood; His heart gathereth iniquity to itself; When he goeth abroad, he speaketh of it.

New American Standard 1977
And when he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood; His heart gathers wickedness to itself; When he goes outside, he tells it.

King James 2000 Bible
And if he comes to see me, he speaks vanity: his heart gathers iniquity to itself; when he goes abroad, he tells it.

American King James Version
And if he come to see me, he speaks vanity: his heart gathers iniquity to itself; when he goes abroad, he tells it.

American Standard Version
And if he come to see me , he speaketh falsehood; His heart gathereth iniquity to itself: When he goeth abroad, he telleth it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And if he came to see me, his heart spoke vainly; he gathered iniquity to himself; he went forth and spoke in like manner.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if he came in to see me, he spoke vain things : his heart gathered together iniquity to itself. He went out and spoke to the same purpose.

Darby Bible Translation
And if one come to see [me], he speaketh falsehood; his heart gathereth wickedness to itself: he goeth abroad, he telleth [it].

English Revised Version
And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity; his heart gathereth iniquity to itself: when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if he cometh to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.

World English Bible
If he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood. His heart gathers iniquity to itself. When he goes abroad, he tells it.

Young's Literal Translation
And if he came to see -- vanity he speaketh, His heart gathereth iniquity to itself, He goeth out -- at the street he speaketh.
Study Bible
Blessed is He who Cares for the Poor
5My enemies say with malice: “When will he die and be forgotten?” 6My visitor speaks falsehood; he gathers slander in his heart; he goes out and spreads it abroad. 7All who hate me whisper against me; they imagine the worst for me:…
Cross References
Psalm 12:2
They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and a double heart.

Psalm 62:4
They fully intend to topple him from his lofty perch; they delight in lies; with their mouths they bless, but inwardly they curse. Selah

Psalm 144:8
whose mouths speak falsehood, whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:11
Set me free and rescue me from the grasp of foreigners, whose mouths speak falsehood, whose right hands are deceitful.

Proverbs 26:24
A hateful man disguises himself with his speech, but he lays up deceit in his heart.

Treasury of Scripture

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

speaketh

Psalm 12:2
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

Nehemiah 6:1-14
Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;) …

Proverbs 26:24-26
He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; …

when

Jeremiah 20:10
For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.









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My visitor
וְאִם־ (wə·’im-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

speaks
יְדַבֵּ֗ר (yə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

falsehood;
שָׁ֤וְא (šāw)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7723: Evil, idolatry, uselessness

he gathers
יִקְבָּץ־ (yiq·bāṣ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6908: To gather, collect

slander
אָ֥וֶן (’ā·wen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol

in his heart;
לִבּ֗וֹ (lib·bōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

he goes
יֵצֵ֖א (yê·ṣê)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

out
לַח֣וּץ (la·ḥūṣ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2351: Separate by a, wall, outside, outdoors

and spreads it abroad.
יְדַבֵּֽר׃ (yə·ḏab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue
(6) And if he come.--Some one particular individual is here singled out from the body of enemies.

To see.--The usual word for visiting a sick person. (Comp. 2Samuel 13:5; 2Kings 8:29.)

Vanity.--Better, lies. No more vivid picture of an insincere friend could be given. Pretended sympathy lies at the very bedside, while eye and ear are open to catch up anything that can be retailed abroad or turned into mischief, when the necessity of concealment is over.

The scene of the visit of the king to the death-bed of Gaunt in Shakespeare's King Richard II. illustrates the psalmist's position, and the poet may even have had this verse in his mind when he wrote.

"Should dying men flatter with those that live

No, no; men living flatter those that die.

Verse 6. - And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity; rather, he speaketh falsehood (see the comment on Psalm 12:2). It is suggested that Ahithophel is especially aimed at. But there is no proof of this. All the enemies are probably intended, only distributively instead of collectively. His heart gathereth iniquity to itself. Dr. Kay's comment is, "He makes a show of friendship, using hollow compliments; but he is treasuring up every expression as material for misrepresentation." When he goeth abroad, he telleth it. He reports what he has seen and heard, but untruly.
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