New International Version
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
King James Bible
Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
Darby Bible Translation
Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword, [and] have aimed their arrow, a bitter word;
World English Bible
who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and aim their arrows, deadly words,
Young's Literal Translation
Who sharpened as a sword their tongue, They directed their arrow -- a bitter word.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Who whet their tongue like a sword - They devise the evil they shall speak, and meditate on the most provoking, injurious, and defamatory words; as the soldier whets his sword that he may thereby the better cut down his enemies.
Their arrows - bitter words - Their defamatory sayings are here represented as deadly as poisoned arrows; for to such is the allusion here made.
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[N.B. The instructions contained in this chapter are to be received with the utmost caution; and let the note which is inserted in § 2 be attended to.--J. N. S.] §§ 1, 2. Touching a special sort of internal prayer prescribed by Antonio de Rojas, a Spanish priest, with approbations given to it. §§ 3, 4. The order for preparation to the said prayer of internal silence. §§ 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. How the said prayer itself is to be exercised. §§ 11, 12. The great …
Ven. F. Augustine Baker—Holy Wisdom: or, Directions for the Prayer of Contemplation
For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.
I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts-- men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.
Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.
They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's; the poison of vipers is on their lips.
"They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies; it is not by truth that they triumph in the land. They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge me," declares the LORD.
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