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

King James Bible
They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

Darby Bible Translation
They mock and speak wickedly of oppression, they speak loftily:

World English Bible
They scoff and speak with malice. In arrogance, they threaten oppression.

Young's Literal Translation
They do corruptly, And they speak in the wickedness of oppression, From on high they speak.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They are corrupt - ימיקו yamiku, they mock, act dissolutely.

And speak wickedly concerning oppression - They vindicate excessive acts of government: they push justice to its rigour. They neither show equity, lenity, nor mercy; they are cruel, and they vindicate their proceedings.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

corrupt

Psalm 53:1-4 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that does good...

Proverbs 30:13,14 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up...

speak wickedly

Psalm 10:2,10,11 The wicked in his pride does persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined...

Psalm 12:4,5 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us...

Exodus 1:9,10 And he said to his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we...

1 Samuel 13:19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:

1 Kings 21:7 And Jezebel his wife said to him, Do you now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let your heart be merry...

Jeremiah 7:9-11 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you know not...

Hosea 7:16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow...

speak loftily

2 Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed...

Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaks great swelling words...

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Nearness to God the Key to Life's Puzzle
'It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Thy works.'--PSALM lxxiii. 28. The old perplexity as to how it comes, if God is good and wise and strong, that bad men should prosper and good men should suffer, has been making the Psalmist's faith reel. He does not answer the question exactly as the New Testament would have done, but he does find a solution sufficient for himself in two thoughts, the transiency of that outward prosperity, and the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

What is Meant by "Altogether Lovely"
Let us consider this excellent expression, and particularly reflect on what is contained in it, and you shall find this expression "altogether lovely." First, It excludes all unloveliness and disagreeableness from Jesus Christ. As a theologian long ago said, "There is nothing in him which is not loveable." The excellencies of Jesus Christ are perfectly exclusive of all their opposites; there is nothing of a contrary property or quality found in him to contaminate or devaluate his excellency. And
John Flavel—Christ Altogether Lovely

The Great Gain of Godliness
'And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon. 26. And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. 27. And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they lacked nothing. 28. Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers were,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Meditating on the Future Life.
1. The design of God in afflicting his people. 1. To accustom us to despise the present life. Our infatuated love of it. Afflictions employed as the cure. 2. To lead us to aspire to heaven. 2. Excessive love of the present life prevents us from duly aspiring to the other. Hence the disadvantages of prosperity. Blindness of the human judgment. Our philosophizing on the vanity of life only of momentary influence. The necessity of the cross. 3. The present life an evidence of the divine favour to his
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Cross References
James 3:5
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

2 Peter 2:18
For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.

Jude 1:16
These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

Psalm 10:2
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.

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

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

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