Psalm 120:3
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New International Version
What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue?

New Living Translation
O deceptive tongue, what will God do to you? How will he increase your punishment?

English Standard Version
What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue?

Berean Study Bible
What will He do to you, and what will be added to you, O deceitful tongue?

New American Standard Bible
What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue?

King James Bible
What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?

Christian Standard Bible
What will he give you, and what will he do to you, you deceitful tongue?

Contemporary English Version
What punishment is fitting for you deceitful liars?

Good News Translation
You liars, what will God do to you? How will he punish you?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What will He give you, and what will He do to you, you deceitful tongue?

International Standard Version
What will be given to you, and what will be done to you, you treacherous tongue?

NET Bible
How will he severely punish you, you deceptive talker?

New Heart English Bible
What will be given to you, and what will be done more to you, you deceitful tongue?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
What will we give to you and what will we add to you, deceitful tongue?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You deceitful tongue, what can the LORD give you? What more can he do for you?

JPS Tanakh 1917
What shall be given unto thee, and what shall be done more unto thee, Thou deceitful tongue?

New American Standard 1977
What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue?

Jubilee Bible 2000
What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?

King James 2000 Bible
What shall be given unto you? or what shall be done unto you, you false tongue?

American King James Version
What shall be given to you? or what shall be done to you, you false tongue?

American Standard Version
What shall be given unto thee, and what shall be done more unto thee, Thou deceitful tongue?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What shall be given to thee, or what shall be added to thee, to a deceitful tongue.

Darby Bible Translation
What shall be given unto thee, what shall be added unto thee, thou deceitful tongue?

English Revised Version
What shall be given unto thee, and what shall be done more unto thee, thou deceitful tongue?

Webster's Bible Translation
What shall be given to thee? or what shall be done to thee, thou false tongue?

World English Bible
What will be given to you, and what will be done more to you, you deceitful tongue?

Young's Literal Translation
What doth He give to thee? And what doth He add to thee? O deceitful tongue!
Study Bible
In My Distress I Cried to the LORD
2Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips and a deceitful tongue. 3What will He do to you, and what will be added to you, O deceitful tongue? 4Sharp arrows from the warrior, with burning coals of juniper!…
Cross References
James 3:6
The tongue also is a fire, a world of wickedness among the parts of the body. It pollutes the whole person, sets the course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Psalm 52:4
You love every word that devours, O deceitful tongue.

Zephaniah 3:13
The remnant of Israel will no longer do wrong or speak lies, nor will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouths. But they will feed and lie down, with no one to make them tremble.”

Treasury of Scripture

What shall be given to you? or what shall be done to you, you false tongue?

what shall, etc. or. What shall the deceitful tongue give unto thee? or, what shall it profit thee?

Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when …

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and …

Romans 6:21 What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? …

done. Heb. added







(3) What shall . . .?--Literally, What will he give to thee, and what will he add to thee, deceitful tongue? where it is better, as in the Authorised Version, to take the subject as indefinite, and so render by the passive. Thus we get in substance the following question: "What more can be added to thee (i.e., in the way of epithet), besides lying and false, thou deceitful tongue?" the answer is given by suggesting the usual metaphors of malicious speech, "the warrior's sharpened arrows" (Jeremiah 9:8; Psalm 57:4); "fire" (James 3:6). Only here both images are elaborated. For the Hebrew word give with the sense of comparison, see 1Samuel 1:16, "Count (Heb., give) not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial." Gesenius compares the use of the Greek ???????, instead of ????????. So, too, the word "add" has a similar sense (1Kings 10:7; see margin).

Verse 3. - What shall be given unto thee? rather, what shall he (i.e. God) give to thee? Or, in other words - What punishment will God inflict on thee for thy false speaking? Or what shall be done unto thee? literally, or what shall he add to thee? Compare the common phrase, "God do so unto me, and more also" (1 Samuel 3:17; 1 Samuel 14:44). Thou false tongue. The "false tongue" is apostrophized, as if it were a living person. What shall be given unto thee?.... Or, "what shall it give unto thee?" (s) That is, what shall the deceitful tongue give unto thee, O my soul? or to thee, to anyone that hears and reads this psalm? It is capable of giving thee a deal of trouble, of doing thee a deal of mischief; and of injuring thy character, and hurting thy peace and comfort, if permitted;

or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? or, "what shall the false tongue add unto thee?" (t) it shall increase thy sorrows and distress: or rather, what gain, profit, and advantage, shall the deceitful tongue get to itself by its lies and deceit? none at all; it may do harm to others, but gets no good to itself; see Isaiah 28:15; Or, "what shall he (God) give unto thee?" (u) or, "what shall he add unto thee, thou false tongue?" so Jarchi. What punishment will not he inflict upon thee, who hates lying lips? what plagues will not he add unto thee, who knows all the deceit that is in thee, and spoken by thee? The answer is as follows:

(s) "quid dabit tibi", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Gejerus; so Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (t) "et quid addet tibi", Montanus, Castalio; so Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius. (u) "Quid inferat tibi (Deus) aut quem rem adhibeat tibi, O lingua dolosa?" Tigurine version. 120:1-4 The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. They forged false charges against him. In this distress, he sought God by fervent prayer. God can bridle their tongues. He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer. Surely sinners durst not act as they do, if they knew, and would be persuaded to think, what will be in the end thereof. The terrors of the Lord are his arrows; and his wrath is compared to burning coals of juniper, which have a fierce heat, and keep fire very long. This is the portion of the false tongue; for all that love and make a lie, shall have their portion in the lake that burns eternally.
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