Psalm 12:2
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New International Version
Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.

New Living Translation
Neighbors lie to each other, speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.

English Standard Version
Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

New American Standard Bible
They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.

King James Bible
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts.

International Standard Version
Everyone speaks lies to his neighbor; they speak with flattering lips and hidden motives.

NET Bible
People lie to one another; they flatter and deceive.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The children of men speak emptiness, and a man with his neighbor with duplicitous lips; they speak with a double heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All people speak foolishly. They speak with flattering lips. They say one thing but mean another.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Each one speaks vanity with his neighbour: they speak with flattering lips and with a double heart.

King James 2000 Bible
They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

American King James Version
They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

American Standard Version
They speak falsehood every one with his neighbor: With flattering lip, and with a double heart, do they speak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have spoken vain things every one to his neighbour: with deceitful lips, and with a double heart have they spoken.

Darby Bible Translation
They speak falsehood every one with his neighbour: [with] flattering lip, with a double heart, do they speak.

English Revised Version
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lip, and with a double heart, do they speak.

Webster's Bible Translation
They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

World English Bible
Everyone lies to his neighbor. They speak with flattering lips, and with a double heart.

Young's Literal Translation
Vanity they speak each with his neighbour, Lip of flattery! With heart and heart they speak.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:1-8 The psalmist begs help of God, because there were none among men whom he durst trust. - This psalm furnishes good thoughts for bad times; a man may comfort himself with such meditations and prayers. Let us see what makes the times bad, and when they may be said to be so. Ask the children of this world, What makes the times bad? they will tell you, Scarcity of money, decay of trade, and the desolations of war, make the times bad: but the Scripture lays the badness of the times on causes of another nature, 2Ti 3:1, c.: perilous times shall come, for sin shall abound; and of this David complains. When piety decays times really are bad. He who made man's mouth will call him to an account for his proud, profane, dissembling, or even useless words. When the poor and needy are oppressed, then the times are very bad. God himself takes notice of the oppression of the poor, and the sighing of the needy. When wickedness abounds, and is countenanced by those in authority, then the times are very bad. See with what good things we are here furnished for such bad times; and we cannot tell what times we may be reserved for. 1. We have a God to go to, from whom we may ask and expect the redress of all our grievances. 2. God will certainly punish and restrain false and proud men. 3. God will work deliverance for his oppressed people. His help is given in the fittest time. Though men are false, God is faithful; though they are not to be trusted, God is. The preciousness of God's word is compared to silver refined to the highest degree. How many proofs have been given of its power and truth! God will secure his chosen remnant, however bad the times are. As long as the world stands, there will be a generation of proud and wicked men. But all God's people are put into the hands of Christ our Saviour; there they are in safety, for none can pluck them thence; being built on Him, the Rock, they are safe, notwithstanding temptation or persecution come with ever so much force upon them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - They speak vanity every one with his neighbour; rather, they speak falsehood (Kay, Cheyne). Contrast the injunction of the apostle (Ephesians 4:25). With flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak; literally, with lips of smoothness, and with a heart and a heart do they speak. The Authorized Version gives the true meaning (comp. 1 Chronicles 12:33).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They speak vanity everyone with his neighbour,.... That which is false and a lie, either doctrinal or practical; what was not according to the word of God, and was vain and empty, frothy, filthy, and corrupt; and which no godly and faithful man would do. And this being done in common, by the generality of men, one with another, shows the degeneracy of the age, and supports the complaint before made. They speak even

with flattering lips; as Cain did to Abel, Joab to Amasa, the Herodians to Christ, Judas to his Master, false teachers to those that are simple, hypocrites to God himself, when they draw nigh to him only with their lips, and all formal professors to the churches of Christ, when they profess themselves to be what they are not. And this is a further proof of the justness of the above complaint;

and with a double heart do they speak: or "with an heart and an heart" (d); such are double minded men, who say one thing, and mean another; their words are not to be depended upon; there is no faithfulness in them. The Chinese (e) reckon a man of "two hearts", as they call him, a very wicked man, and none more remote from honesty.

(d) "in corde & corde", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus. (e) Martin. Sinic. Hist. p. 144. a heart having , a double meaning, as Pittacus says, Laert. in Vit. Pittac. l. 1. p. 53.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. The want of it is illustrated by the prevalence of deceit and instability.

Psalm 12:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Help, for the Godly are No More
1For the choir director; upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David. Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. 2They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak. 3May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things;…
Cross References
Romans 16:18
For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

1 Chronicles 12:33
from Zebulun, experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty--50,000;

Psalm 4:2
How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods

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

Psalm 28:3
Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts.

Psalm 36:3
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good.

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

Psalm 55:21
His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.

Psalm 144:8
whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:11
deliver me; rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.

Proverbs 27:14
If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.

Isaiah 58:9
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

Jeremiah 9:4
"Beware of your friends; do not trust anyone in your clan. For every one of them is a deceiver, and every friend a slanderer.

Jeremiah 9:8
Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceitfully. With their mouths they all speak cordially to their neighbors, but in their hearts they set traps for them.

Jeremiah 12:6
Your relatives, members of your own family-- even they have betrayed you; they have raised a loud cry against you. Do not trust them, though they speak well of you.

Daniel 11:27
The two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, will sit at the same table and lie to each other, but to no avail, because an end will still come at the appointed time.
Treasury of Scripture

They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

They

Psalm 10:7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue …

Psalm 36:3,4 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to …

Psalm 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that …

Psalm 41:6 And if he come to see me, he speaks vanity: his heart gathers iniquity …

Psalm 52:1-4 Why boast you yourself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of …

Psalm 59:12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even …

Psalm 144:8,11 Whose mouth speaks vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood…

Jeremiah 9:2-6,8 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; …

flattering

Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is …

Psalm 28:3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, …

Psalm 62:4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight …

Proverbs 20:19 He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle …

Proverbs 29:5 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

Ezekiel 12:24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination …

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor …

a double heart. Heb. an heart and an heart

1 Chronicles 12:33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all …

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

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