Psalm 139:20
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New International Version
They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.

New Living Translation
They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name.

English Standard Version
They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain.

New American Standard Bible
For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain.

King James Bible
For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who invoke You deceitfully. Your enemies swear by You falsely.

International Standard Version
who speak against you with evil motives, your enemies who are acting in vain.

NET Bible
They rebel against you and act deceitfully; your enemies lie.

New Heart English Bible
For they speak against you wickedly. Your enemies take your name in vain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because they have spoken against you and they have taken your city without a cause!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They say wicked things about you. Your enemies misuse your name.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who utter Thy name with wicked thought, They take it for falsehood, even Thine enemies--

New American Standard 1977
For they speak against Thee wickedly,
            And Thine enemies take Thy name in vain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

King James 2000 Bible
For they speak against you wickedly, and your enemies take your name in vain.

American King James Version
For they speak against you wickedly, and your enemies take your name in vain.

American Standard Version
For they speak against thee wickedly, And thine enemies take thy name in vain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because you say in thought: They shall receive thy cities in vain.

Darby Bible Translation
For they speak of thee wickedly, they take [thy name] in vain, thine enemies.

English Revised Version
For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they speak against thee wickedly, and thy enemies take thy name in vain.

World English Bible
For they speak against you wickedly. Your enemies take your name in vain.

Young's Literal Translation
Who exchange Thee for wickedness, Lifted up to vanity are Thine enemies.
Study Bible
You have Searched Me and Know Me
19O that You would slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed. 20For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain. 21Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?…
Cross References
Jude 1:15
to execute judgment on everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of every ungodly act of wickedness and every harsh word spoken against Him by ungodly sinners."

Exodus 20:7
"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

Deuteronomy 5:11
'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
Treasury of Scripture

For they speak against you wickedly, and your enemies take your name in vain.

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thine

Psalm 2:1-3 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing…

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(20) For they speak.--Better, Who rebel against thee. This is actually the reading of the fifth of the Greek translations preserved by Origen, and entails only a change of the vowel pointing.

And thine enemies.--The state of the text is unsatisfactory. The subject to the verb must be that of the last clause, and the rendering "enemies" of a word properly meaning cities is very doubtful, in spite of 1Samuel 28:16 (but Aquila has "rivals," and Symmachus" adversaries"), where there is also a textual correction required.

Of the various proposed emendations, the simplest produces

"And rise up against them in vain."

Verse 20. - For they speak against thee wickedly; literally, who speak of thee for wickedness; i.e. use thy Name for the accomplishment of wicked ends. And thine enemies take thy Name in vain. The text must be altered to produce this meaning. As it stands, it can only be rendered, "Thine enemies lift up [their scull to vanity" (comp. Psalm 24:4). For they speak against thee wickedly,.... Against his being, his perfections, his purposes, his providences, his doctrines, ordinances, ministers, and people; or "they speak of thee for wickedness" (b), they made mention of the name of God to cover their wickedness, pretending to fear God and love him, to have a reverence of him and serve him, putting on a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof;

and thine enemies take thy name in vain: either by profane swearing, or by false swearing. The Targum interprets both clauses of swearing deceitfully and vainly; or "he", that is, everyone that is "lifted up to vanity are thine enemies" (c), whose hearts are lifted up to vanity, idols, riches, self-righteousness, sensual lusts and pleasures; these are the enemies of God, are estranged from him, hold friendship with the world, harbour his enemies, love what he hates, hate what he loves, and commit acts of hostility against him. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, read, "they take thy cities in vain".

(b) Or "to a mischievous purpose"; so Ainsworth. (c) "qui elatus est ad vanitatem, hostes tui sunt", De Dieu. 139:17-24 God's counsels concerning us and our welfare are deep, such as cannot be known. We cannot think how many mercies we have received from him. It would help to keep us in the fear of the Lord all the day long, if, when we wake in the morning, our first thoughts were of him: and how shall we admire and bless our God for his precious salvation, when we awake in the world of glory! Surely we ought not to use our members and senses, which are so curiously fashioned, as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin. But our immortal and rational souls are a still more noble work and gift of God. Yet if it were not for his precious thoughts of love to us, our reason and our living for ever would, through our sins, prove the occasion of our eternal misery. How should we then delight to meditate on God's love to sinners in Jesus Christ, the sum of which exceeds all reckoning! Sin is hated, and sinners lamented, by all who fear the Lord. Yet while we shun them we should pray for them; with God their conversion and salvation are possible. As the Lord knows us thoroughly, and we are strangers to ourselves, we should earnestly desire and pray to be searched and proved by his word and Spirit. if there be any wicked way in me, let me see it; and do thou root it out of me. The way of godliness is pleasing to God, and profitable to us; and will end in everlasting life. It is the good old way. All the saints desire to be kept and led in this way, that they may not miss it, turn out of it, or tire in it.
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