Psalm 12:3
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New International Version
May the LORD silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue--

New Living Translation
May the LORD cut off their flattering lips and silence their boastful tongues.

English Standard Version
May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts,

New American Standard Bible
May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaks great things;

King James Bible
The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks boastfully.

International Standard Version
The LORD will cut off all slippery lips, and the tongue that boasts great things,

NET Bible
May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that boasts!

New Heart English Bible
May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that boasts,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah will destroy all duplicitous lips and tongues that speak proud things.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
May the LORD cut off every flattering lip and every bragging tongue

JPS Tanakh 1917
May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaketh proud things!

New American Standard 1977
May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,
            The tongue that speaks great things;



Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaks proud things:

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things:

American King James Version
The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things:

American Standard Version
Jehovah will cut off all flattering lips, The tongue that speaketh great things;

Douay-Rheims Bible
May the Lord destroy all deceitful lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah will cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that speaketh proud things,

English Revised Version
The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that speaketh great things:

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

World English Bible
May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that boasts,

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah doth cut off all lips of flattery, A tongue speaking great things,

Study Bible
Help, for the Godly are No More
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; 4Who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?"…
Cross References
James 3:5
In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it boasts of great things. Consider how small a spark sets a great forest on fire.

Revelation 13:5
The beast was given a mouth to speak arrogant and blasphemous words, and authority to act for forty-two months.

Daniel 7:8
"While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts.

Hosea 7:16
They turn, but not upward, They are like a deceitful bow; Their princes will fall by the sword Because of the insolence of their tongue. This will be their derision in the land of Egypt.
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things:

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Job 32:22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would …

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Psalm 17:10 They are enclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

Psalm 73:8,9 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they …

Exodus 15:9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the …

1 Samuel 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogance come out of …

1 Samuel 17:43,44 And the Philistine said to David, Am I a dog, that you come to me …

2 Kings 19:23,24 By your messengers you have reproached the LORD, and have said…

Isaiah 10:10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven …

Ezekiel 28:2,9 Son of man, say to the prince of Tyrus, Thus said the Lord GOD; Because …

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you, …

Daniel 4:30,31 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have …

Daniel 7:8,25 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another …

Malachi 3:13 Your words have been stout against me, said the LORD. Yet you say, …

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; …

Revelation 13:5 And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; …

proud. Heb. great

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love …

(3) The Lord shall.--Translate, May Jehovah cut off.

Proud things.--Literally, great things. Vulg., linguam magniloquam.

Verse 3. - The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips. The complaint having been made, a threat follows (comp. Psalm 10:15; Psalm 11:6; Psalm 17:13, etc.). The men who flatter with their lips, beguiling and cozening their victims to get them completely into their power, shall be "cut off" from the congregation (see Genesis 17:14; Exodus 12:15, 19; Leviticus 7:20, 27; Leviticus 17:10, etc.). And the tongue that speaketh proud things; literally, greet rhinos; but proud and lofty boastings are intended (comp. Daniel 7:8, 20). The same man sometimes cozens with smooth words, sometimes blusters and talks big. The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips,.... This is either a prophecy or a prayer, as Aben Ezra and Kimchi observe; that God either would or should cut off such who used flattery with their lips, by inflicting some judgment in this life, or everlasting punishment hereafter; by taking them away by death "out of the world", as the Targum paraphrases it; or by casting them into hell, where all liars and deceitful persons will have their portion; see Job 32:21;

and the tongue that speaketh proud things, or "great things" (f), as the little horn, Daniel 7:20; and the beast, or Romish antichrist, who is designed by both, Revelation 13:5; and which will be accomplished when Christ shall destroy him with the breath of his mouth, and the brightness of his coming; and indeed every tongue that riseth up against God, Christ, and his people, will be condemned; when ungodly sinners will be convinced of all their hard speeches, Isaiah 54:17, Jde 1:15. Perhaps some regard may be had to the tongue of Doeg the Edomite; see Psalm 52:3.

(f) "magna", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Piscator, Gejerus, Michaelis; "grandia", Cocceius. 3 The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

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

Total destruction shall overwhelm the lovers of flattery and pride, but meanwhile how they hector and fume! Well did the apostle call them "raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame." Free-thinkers are generally very free-talkers, and they are never more at ease than when railing at God's dominion, and arrogating to themselves unbounded license. Strange is it that the easy yoke of the Lord should so gall the shoulders of the proud, while the iron bands of Satan they bind about themselves as chains of honour: they boastfully cry unto God, "Who is lord over us?" and hear not the hollow voice of the evil one, who cries from the infernal lake, "I am your Lord, and right faithfully do ye serve me." Alas, poor fools, their pride and glory shall be cut off like a fading flower! May God grant that our soul may not be gathered with them. It is worthy of observation that flattering lips, and tongues speaking proud things, are classed together: the fitness of this is clear, for they are guilty of the same vice, the first flatters another, and the second flatters himself, in both cases a lie is in their right hands. One generally imagines that flatterers are such mean parasites, so cringing and fawning, that they cannot be proud; but the wise man will tell you that while all pride is truly meanness, there is in the very lowest meanness no small degree of pride. Csar's horse is even more proud of carrying Csar, than Csar is of riding him. The mat on which the emperor wiped his shoes, boasts vaingloriously, crying out, "I cleaned the imperial boots." None are so detestably domineering as the little creatures who creep into office by cringing to the great; those are bad times, indeed, in which these obnoxious beings are numerous and powerful. No wonder that the justice of God in cutting off such injurious persons is matter for a Psalm, for both earth and heaven are weary of such provoking offenders, whose presence is a very plague to the people afflicted thereby. Men cannot tame the tongues of such boastful flatterers; but the Lord's remedy if sharp is sure, and is an unanswerable answer to their swelling words of vanity. 3, 4. Boasting (Da 7:25) is, like flattery, a species of lying.

lips, and … tongue—for persons.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.
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