Psalm 120:4
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New International Version
He will punish you with a warrior's sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush.

New Living Translation
You will be pierced with sharp arrows and burned with glowing coals.

English Standard Version
A warrior’s sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree!

New American Standard Bible
Sharp arrows of the warrior, With the burning coals of the broom tree.

King James Bible
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A warrior's sharp arrows with burning charcoal!

International Standard Version
Like a sharp arrow from a warrior, along with fiery coals from juniper trees!

NET Bible
Here's how! With the sharp arrows of warriors, with arrowheads forged over the hot coals.

New Heart English Bible
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The arrows of a mighty man are sharp, like burning coals of oak.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will give you a warrior's sharpened arrows and red-hot coals.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Sharp arrows of the mighty, With coals of broom.

New American Standard 1977
Sharp arrows of the warrior,
            With the burning coals of the broom tree.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

King James 2000 Bible
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

American King James Version
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

American Standard Version
Sharp arrows of the mighty, With coals of juniper.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals that lay waste.

Darby Bible Translation
Sharp arrows of a mighty one, with burning coals of broom-wood.

English Revised Version
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Webster's Bible Translation
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

World English Bible
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Young's Literal Translation
Sharp arrows of a mighty one, with broom-coals.
Study Bible
In My Distress, I Cried to the Lord
3What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, You deceitful tongue? 4Sharp arrows of the warrior, With the burning coals of the broom tree. 5Woe is me, for I sojourn in Meshech, For I dwell among the tents of Kedar!…
Cross References
Ephesians 6:16
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Psalm 45:5
Your arrows are sharp; The peoples fall under You; Your arrows are in the heart of the King's enemies.

Psalm 127:4
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth.

Psalm 140:10
"May burning coals fall upon them; May they be cast into the fire, Into deep pits from which they cannot rise.

Proverbs 25:18
Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.

Isaiah 5:28
Its arrows are sharp and all its bows are bent; The hoofs of its horses seem like flint and its chariot wheels like a whirlwind.
Treasury of Scripture

Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

sharp, etc. or, it is as the sharp arrows of the mighty men, with coals of juniper.

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on …

Psalm 59:7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: …

Proverbs 11:9,12,18 An hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor: but through knowledge …

Proverbs 16:27 An ungodly man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

Proverbs 18:8,21 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the …

James 3:5-8 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. …

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Psalm 7:13 He has also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordains …

Psalm 52:5 God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, …

Psalm 140:9,11 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief …

Deuteronomy 32:23,24 I will heap mischiefs on them; I will spend my arrows on them…

Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly …

Proverbs 19:5,9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

(4) Sharp.--Better, sharpened, whetted, as if for a purpose.

Juniper.--Properly, broom. Hebrew, rothem, a plant identical with the Arabian retem and Algerian retama. (See 1Kings 19:4-5.) Doctor Tristram mentions the employment of this bush for fuel. "It is ruthlessly uprooted by the Arabs, wherever it is tolerably abundant, for the manufacture of charcoal, which is considered of the finest quality, and fetches a higher price at Cairo than any other kind. Several travellers have mentioned their meeting with Bedouins employed in conveying retem charcoal to the Egyptian markets" (Nat. Hist. of the Bible, p. 360; see also Bible Educator, iv. 194). Burckhardt and Robinson also both noticed this trade.

Wonderful stories are told both by Jerome and the rabbis, how travellers, having cooked their food by fires made of the juniper wood, which they suppose to be the wood here meant, and returning a year after to the same spot, still found the embers alive.

Verse 4. - Sharp arrows of the mighty. The psalmist answers his own questions. Sharp-pointed arrows of a Mighty One shall be given thee, and added to them shall be coals of juniper. God, i.e., shall punish thee with extreme severity. Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper. Some think these words describe lying lips, and a false tongue; which are like arrows, sharp ones, sent out from a bow drawn with a mighty hand, which come with great force, suddenly and swiftly, and do much mischief; see Psalm 11:2; and to "coals of juniper", very distressing and tormenting; the tongue being a fire, set on fire of hell, and sets on fire the course of nature; and throws out devouring words, which consume like fire, James 3:6. But rather the punishment of an evil tongue from the Lord is intended, whose sore judgments are often compared to arrows, Deuteronomy 32:23; because they come from above, and bring swift and sudden destruction with them; and are very sharp in the hearts of his enemies; are very severe and cutting, and come with power irresistible, being the arrows of the Almighty, Job 6:4; see Jeremiah 50:9; and these may be compared to "coals of juniper", which are very vehement and strong, and very lasting and durable. Jerom (w) and Isidore (x) say they will last a whole year; and the Midrash on the place reports of two men, who had prepared food with them, and at the end of a year returned and found them burning, and warmed their feet at them. These fitly express the lake of fire and brimstone, the portion of liars; whose fire is very strong, and flames devouring, being kindled by the breath of the Lord of hosts, like a stream of brimstone: and the fire of hell is everlasting; its burnings are everlasting burnings; a worm that dieth not, a fire that is not quenched; the smoke of the torments of which ascend for ever and ever, Isaiah 30:23. The Targum speaks of these arrows as lightnings from above, and of the coals of juniper as kindled in hell below; and they are interpreted of hell in the Talmud (y).

(w) Ad Fabiolam de 42. Mans. tom. 3. fol. 15. I.((x) Origin. l. 17. c. 7. Schindler. col. 1776. (y) T. Bab. Eracin, c. 3. fol. 15. 2.4. Sharp arrows of the mighty—destructive inflictions.

coals of juniper—which retain heat long. This verse may be read as a description of the wicked, but better as their punishment, in reply to the question of Ps 120:3.120:1-4 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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