Psalm 140:11
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New International Version
May slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down the violent.

New Living Translation
Don't let liars prosper here in our land. Cause great disasters to fall on the violent.

English Standard Version
Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!

New American Standard Bible
"May a slanderer not be established in the earth; May evil hunt the violent man speedily."

King James Bible
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not let a slanderer stay in the land. Let evil relentlessly hunt down a violent man.

International Standard Version
Let not the slanderer become established in the land. May evil quickly hunt down the violent man.

NET Bible
A slanderer will not endure on the earth; calamity will hunt down a violent man and strike him down.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“A talkative man will not be established in the earth and evil will hunt the evil man to destruction.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not let slanderers prosper on earth. Let evil hunt down violent people with one blow after another.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The man with an evil tongue shall not be established in the earth; evil shall hunt the man of violence to overthrow him.

King James 2000 Bible
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

American King James Version
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

American Standard Version
An evil speaker shall not be established in the earth: Evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man full of tongue shall not be established in the earth: evil shall catch the unjust man unto destruction.

Darby Bible Translation
Let not the man of [evil] tongue be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the man of violence to [his] ruin.

English Revised Version
An evil speaker shall not be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let not an evil speaker be established on the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

World English Bible
An evil speaker won't be established in the earth. Evil will hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

Young's Literal Translation
A talkative man is not established in the earth, One of violence -- evil hunteth to overflowing.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

140:8-13 Believers may pray that God would not grant the desires of the wicked, nor further their evil devices. False accusers will bring mischief upon themselves, even the burning coals of Divine vengeance. And surely the righteous shall dwell in God's presence, and give him thanks for evermore. This is true thanksgiving, even thanks-living: this use we should make of all our deliverances, we should serve God the more closely and cheerfully. Those who, though evil spoken of and ill-used by men, are righteous in the sight of God, being justified by the righteousness of Christ, which is imputed to them, and received by faith, as the effect of which, they live soberly and righteously; these give thanks to the Lord, for the righteousness whereby they are made righteous, and for every blessing of grace, and mercy of life.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth; literally, a man of tongue shall not be established is the land - a man, i.e., of pretence and seeming, who talks grandly, but effects nothing. Such a one shall not obtain permanent establishment as a power in the land. Evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him; literally, to destructions - a plural of completeness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth,.... One that sets his mouth against the heavens, and speaks evil of God; of his being, perfections, purposes, and providences: whose tongue walks through the earth, and speaks evil of all men, even of dignities; and especially of the saints of the most High, and of the Gospel and ways of Christ. Or, "a men of tongue" (q); that uses his tongue in an ill way, in detractions and slanders (r); in blaspheming God, his name and tabernacle, and those that dwell therein, as antichrist, Revelation 13:5; a man that calumniates with a triple tongue, so the Targum; like a serpent, whose tongue seems to be so sometimes. Kimchi applies this to Doeg, and Jarchi to Esau. The request is, that such an one might not be established in the earth; in the land of the living, as the Targum; might not increase and flourish in worldly substance, or be continued in his posterity; but be rooted out of the earth, and he and his be no more; see Psalm 3:4;

evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him; or "to impulsions" (s): to drive him from evil to evil, as Kimchi. The sense is, that the evil of punishment shall hunt him, as a beast of prey is hunted; it shall closely pursue him and overtake him, and seize on him, and thrust him down to utter ruin and destruction. The Targum is,

"the injurious wicked man, let the angel of death hunt, and drive into hell.''

Of the violent man, see Psalm 140:1; he who purposed to overthrow David, he was persuaded would be overthrown himself. This clause teaches us how to understand the rest; for though they are delivered out as wishes and imprecations, yet are prophetic, and are strongly expressive of the certainty of the things imprecated.

(q) "vir linguae", Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis. (r) So the word "tongue" is used in Cicero, "Si linguas minus facila possimus", Epist. l. 9. 2.((s) "ad impulsiones", Montanus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. an evil speaker—or, "slanderer" will not be tolerated (Ps 101:7). The last clause may be translated: "an evil (man) He (God) shall hunt," &c.

Psalm 140:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Deliver Me, O Lord, from the Evil Man
10"May burning coals fall upon them; May they be cast into the fire, Into deep pits from which they cannot rise. 11"May a slanderer not be established in the earth; May evil hunt the violent man speedily." 12I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor.…
Cross References
Psalm 7:16
The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.

Psalm 10:15
Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out.

Psalm 34:21
Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

Psalm 94:23
He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.

Psalm 140:1
For the director of music. A psalm of David. Rescue me, LORD, from evildoers; protect me from the violent,
Treasury of Scripture

Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

let not. etc., or, let not an evil speaker a wicked man of violence be established in the earth; let him be hunted to his overthrow.

an evil speaker. Heb. a man of tongue

Psalm 12:3,4 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks …

Proverbs 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just …

Proverbs 17:20 He that has a fraudulent heart finds no good: and he that has a perverse …

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

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Psalm 7:14-16 Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and …

Psalm 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executes: the wicked is …

Psalm 34:21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

Proverbs 13:21 Evil pursues sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.

Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his …

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