Psalm 140:2
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New International Version
who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.

New Living Translation
those who plot evil in their hearts and stir up trouble all day long.

English Standard Version
who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually.

New American Standard Bible
Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars.

King James Bible
Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who plan evil in their hearts. They stir up wars all day long.

International Standard Version
who craft evil plans in their minds, inciting wars every day.

NET Bible
who plan ways to harm me. All day long they stir up conflict.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For they have conceived evil in their heart and they have provoked disputes all day

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They plan evil things in their hearts. They start fights every day.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who devise evil in their heart; they are continually gathered together for war.

King James 2000 Bible
Who imagine evil in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.

American King James Version
Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.

American Standard Version
Who devise mischiefs in their heart; Continually do they gather themselves together for war.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who have devised iniquities in their hearts: all the day long they designed battles.

Darby Bible Translation
Who devise mischiefs in [their] heart; every day are they banded together for war.

English Revised Version
Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually do they gather themselves together for war.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they assembled for war.

World English Bible
those who devise mischief in their hearts. They continually gather themselves together for war.

Young's Literal Translation
Who have devised evils in the heart, All the day they assemble for wars.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

140:1-7 The more danger appears, the more earnest we should be in prayer to God. All are safe whom the Lord protects. If he be for us, who can be against us? We should especially watch and pray, that the Lord would hold up our goings in his ways, that our footsteps slip not. God is as able to keep his people from secret fraud as from open force; and the experience we have had of his power and care, in dangers of one kind, may encourage us to depend upon him in other dangers.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Which imagine mischiefs in their heart (comp. Psalm 28:3; Psalm 36:4; Psalm 62:3). Continually are they gathered together for war; rather, continually do they stir up wars (comp. Psalm 68:30; Psalm 120:7).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Which imagine mischiefs in their heart,.... This shows that not a single person barely is meant but more, as Saul's courtiers; who were secretly and continually meditating mischief against David, traducing him to Saul, and devising things to take away his life. Such were the Jews to Christ, who were always plotting to entangle him, or contriving to kill him; and so wicked men are ever devising mischief against the quiet in the land, which is very abominable to God; and rightly observed here, to prevail upon the Lord to preserve from them, Psalm 2:1;

continually are they gathered together for war; so Saul gathered together three thousand men, and went in pursuit of David, as an enemy, to take him. So Herod and Pontius Pilate joined together, though before enemies, in the prosecution of Christ; and Jews and Gentiles gathered together against him: so the saints, being in a warfare state, have their enemies, who often combine against them, and attack them, and will not suffer them to be at rest and peace; as sin, Satan, the world, and false teachers; see Psalm 120:7.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2-5. This character of the wicked, and the devices planned against the pious, correspond to Ps 10:7; 31:13; 58:4, &c.

Psalm 140:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Deliver Me, O Lord, from the Evil Man
1For the choir director. A Psalm of David. Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men 2Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars. 3They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; Poison of a viper is under their lips. Selah.…
Cross References
Psalm 7:14
Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.

Psalm 36:4
Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong.

Psalm 52:2
You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor.

Psalm 56:6
They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.

Proverbs 6:14
who plots evil with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up conflict.

Isaiah 59:4
No one calls for justice; no one pleads a case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.

Hosea 7:15
I trained them and strengthened their arms, but they plot evil against me.
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Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.

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

Psalm 21:11 For they intended evil against you: they imagined a mischievous device, …

Psalm 36:4 He devises mischief on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is …

Psalm 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that …

Psalm 62:3 How long will you imagine mischief against a man? you shall be slain …

Psalm 64:5,6 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying …

Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors …

Hosea 7:6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie …

Micah 2:1-3 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when …

Nahum 1:11 There is one come out of you, that imagines evil against the LORD, …

continually

Psalm 56:6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark …

Psalm 120:7 I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.

1 Samuel 23:19-24 Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Does not David …

1 Samuel 24:11,12 Moreover, my father, see, yes, see the skirt of your robe in my hand: …

1 Samuel 26:1 And the Ziphites came to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Does not David hide …

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