Psalm 52:2
New International Version
You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor.

New Living Translation
All day long you plot destruction. Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor; you’re an expert at telling lies.

English Standard Version
Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.

Berean Study Bible
Your tongue devises destruction like a sharpened razor, O worker of deceit.

King James Bible
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp rasor, working deceitfully.

New King James Version
Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

New American Standard Bible
Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.

NASB 1995
Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.

NASB 1977
Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.

Amplified Bible
Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Christian Standard Bible
Like a sharpened razor, your tongue devises destruction, working treachery.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Like a sharpened razor, your tongue devises destruction, working treachery.

American Standard Version
Thy tongue deviseth very wickedness, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Your tongue conceives evil and, like a sharpened razor, you have worked deceit.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
thy tongue has devised unrighteousness; like a sharpened razor thou hast wrought deceit.

Contemporary English Version
You plan brutal crimes, and your lying words cut like a sharp razor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All the day long thy tongue hath devised injustice: as a sharp razor, thou hast wrought deceit.

English Revised Version
Thy tongue deviseth very wickedness; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Good News Translation
You make plans to ruin others; your tongue is like a sharp razor. You are always inventing lies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your tongue makes up threats. It's like a sharp razor, you master of deceit.

International Standard Version
Your tongue, like a sharp razor, devises wicked things and crafts treachery.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy tongue deviseth destruction; Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Literal Standard Version
Your tongue devises mischiefs, "" Like a sharp razor, working deceit.

NET Bible
Your tongue carries out your destructive plans; it is as effective as a sharp razor, O deceiver.

New Heart English Bible
Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

World English Bible
Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Young's Literal Translation
Mischiefs doth thy tongue devise, Like a sharp razor, working deceit.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Why Do You Boast of Evil?
1For the choirmaster. A Maskil of David. After Doeg the Edomite went to Saul and told him, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.” Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The loving devotion of God endures all day long. 2Your tongue devises destruction like a sharpened razor, O worker of deceit. 3You love evil more than good, falsehood more than speaking truth. Selah…

Cross References
Nehemiah 6:8
Then I sent him this reply: "There is nothing to these rumors you are spreading; you are inventing them in your own mind."

Psalm 5:9
For not a word they speak can be trusted; destruction lies within them. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.

Psalm 50:19
You unleash your mouth for evil and unharness your tongue for deceit.

Psalm 57:4
My soul is among the lions; I lie down with ravenous beasts--with men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.

Psalm 59:7
See what they spew from their mouths--sharp words from their lips: "For who can hear us?"

Psalm 101:7
No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who tells lies shall stand in my presence.

Psalm 140:2
who devise evil in their hearts and stir up war all day long.

Jeremiah 18:18
Then some said, "Come, let us make plans against Jeremiah, for the law will never be lost to the priest, nor counsel to the wise, nor an oracle to the prophet. Come, let us denounce him and pay no heed to any of his words."

Jeremiah 37:14
"That is a lie," Jeremiah replied. "I am not deserting to the Chaldeans!" But Irijah would not listen to him; instead, he arrested Jeremiah and took him to the officials.

Ezekiel 11:2
And the LORD said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who plot evil and give wicked counsel in this city.


Treasury of Scripture

The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Thy

Psalm 50:19
Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.

Psalm 64:2-6
Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: …

Psalm 140:2,3
Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war…

like

Psalm 57:4
My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

Psalm 59:7
Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?

Proverbs 12:18
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

working

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

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

2 Corinthians 4:2
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.









(2) Working deceitfully.--Better, working guile. (For the metaphor, see Psalm 55:21; Psalm 57:4, &c)

Verse 2. - Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; or, malignities - evils of the worst kind. It was Doeg's "tongue" that brought about the entire ghastly massacre (see 1 Samuel 22:9, 10). Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Doeg had "worked deceitfully," since he had not told Saul the circumstances that made Ahimelech's giving aid to David no disloyalty to the king (1 Samuel 21:2, 8). The suppressio veri is a suggestio falsi.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Your tongue
לְשׁוֹנֶ֑ךָ (lə·šō·w·ne·ḵā)
Noun - common singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3956: The tongue

devises
תַּחְשֹׁ֣ב (taḥ·šōḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2803: To think, account

destruction
הַ֭וּוֹת (haw·wō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 1942: Desire, chasm, destruction

like a sharpened
מְ֝לֻטָּ֗שׁ (mə·luṭ·ṭāš)
Verb - Pual - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3913: To hammer out, to sharpen

razor,
כְּתַ֥עַר (kə·ṯa·‘ar)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8593: A knife, razor, a scabbard

O worker
עֹשֵׂ֥ה (‘ō·śêh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6213: To do, make

of deceit.
רְמִיָּֽה׃ (rə·mî·yāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7423: Remissness, treachery


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