Psalm 31:18
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New International Version
Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

New Living Translation
Silence their lying lips--those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.

English Standard Version
Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.

Berean Study Bible
May lying lips be silenced, which speak with arrogance against the righteous, full of pride and contempt.

New American Standard Bible
Let the lying lips be mute, Which speak arrogantly against the righteous With pride and contempt.

King James Bible
Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Christian Standard Bible
Let lying lips that arrogantly speak against the righteous in proud contempt be silenced.

Contemporary English Version
Silence those proud liars! Make them stop bragging and insulting your people.

Good News Translation
Silence those liars--all the proud and arrogant who speak with contempt about the righteous.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let lying lips be quieted; they speak arrogantly against the righteous with pride and contempt.

International Standard Version
Let the lying lips be made still, especially those who speak arrogantly against the righteous with pride and contempt.

NET Bible
May lying lips be silenced--lips that speak defiantly against the innocent with arrogance and contempt!

New Heart English Bible
Let the lying lips be mute, which speak against the righteous insolently, with pride and contempt.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the lips of the evil shall be stopped, for they speak lies and insanity against the righteous.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let [their] lying lips be speechless, since they speak against righteous people with arrogance and contempt.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let the lying lips be dumb, Which speak arrogantly against the righteous, With pride and contempt.

New American Standard 1977
Let the lying lips be dumb, Which speak arrogantly against the righteous With pride and contempt.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

King James 2000 Bible
Let the lying lips be put to silence; who speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

American King James Version
Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

American Standard Version
Let the lying lips be dumb, Which speak against the righteous insolently, With pride and contempt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let deceitful lips be made dumb. Which speak iniquity against the just, with pride and abuse.

Darby Bible Translation
Let the lying lips become dumb, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.

English Revised Version
Let the lying lips be dumb; which speak against the righteous insolently, with pride and contempt.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

World English Bible
Let the lying lips be mute, which speak against the righteous insolently, with pride and contempt.

Young's Literal Translation
Let lips of falsehood become dumb, That are speaking against the righteous, Ancient sayings, in pride and contempt.
Study Bible
Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit
17O LORD, let me not be ashamed, for I have called on You. Let the wicked be put to shame; let them lie silent in Sheol. 18May lying lips be silenced, which speak with arrogance against the righteous, full of pride and contempt. 19How great is Your goodness which You have laid up for those who fear You, and bestowed on those who take refuge in You in the sight of the sons of men.…
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.”

1 Samuel 2:3
Do not boast so proudly, or let arrogance come from your mouth, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by Him actions are weighed.

2 Kings 2:23
From there, Elisha went up to Bethel, and as he was walking up the road, a group of young men came out of the city and jeered at him, chanting, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!”

Psalm 4:2
How long, O men, will my honor be maligned? How long will you love vanity and seek after lies? Selah

Psalm 17:10
They have closed their callous hearts; their mouths speak with arrogance.

Psalm 94:4
They pour out arrogant words; all workers of iniquity boast.

Psalm 109:2
For wicked and deceitful mouths open against me; they speak against me with lying tongues.

Psalm 120:2
Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips and a deceitful tongue.

Proverbs 6:17
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 17:7
Eloquent words are unfit for a fool; how much worse are lying lips to a ruler!

Obadiah 1:12
But you should not gloat in that day, your brother's day of misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast proudly in the day of their distress.

Treasury of Scripture

Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

the lying

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

Psalm 59:12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even …

Psalm 63:11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that swears by him shall …

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

Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue …

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue …

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

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

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

speak

Psalm 64:3,4 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot …

Psalm 123:3,4 Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us: for we are exceedingly …

1 Samuel 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogance come out of …

2 Chronicles 32:16 And his servants spoke yet more against the LORD God, and against …

Isaiah 37:22-24 This is the word which the LORD has spoken concerning him; The virgin, …

Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant …

Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not …

John 8:48 Then answered the Jews, and said to him, Say we not well that you …

Acts 25:7 And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood …

grievous things [heb.] a hard thing

Psalm 94:4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers …

Jude 1:15 To execute judgment on all, and to convince all that are ungodly …







(18) Silence.--As a different word is used from that rendered silent in Psalm 31:17, translate let the lying lips be made dumb.

Grievous.--Better, arrogant, as in 1Samuel 2:3. (Comp. Psalm 94:4.) So in Psalm 75:5, "a stiff neck" is a neck thrown impudently back.

Proudly and contemptuously.--Literally, in pride and contempt.

Verse 18. - Let the lying lips be put to silence, which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous; rather, which speak arrogancy (camp. 1 Samuel 2:3). The pride and insolence of David's enemies is strongly noted in the Second Book of Samuel (see 16:7, 8; 17:1-3). Let the lying lips be put to silence,.... Being convicted of the lies told by them, and so silenced and confounded; or being cut off and destroyed, as all such will be in the Lord's own time, Psalm 12:3. It is very likely the psalmist may have respect either to Doeg the Edomite, who loved lying rather than righteousness; or to others that were about Saul, who lying said to him that David sought his harm, even to take away his kingdom and his life, Psalm 52:3;

which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous; meaning himself; not that he thought himself righteous in the sight of God by any righteousness of his own, but by the righteousness of Christ imputed to him; see Psalm 143:2. Though he may have regard here to the righteousness of his cause before men, and assert himself righteous, as he might with respect to the "grievous things", the hard and lying speeches, which were spoken against him, in a proud, haughty, and contemptuous manner. And it is no unusual thing for such false charges to be brought against righteous men; nay, such hard speeches were spoken by ungodly men against Jesus Christ the righteous himself, Jde 1:15. The Targum interprets it of "reproaches". 31:9-18 David's troubles made him a man of sorrows. Herein he was a type of Christ, who was acquainted with grief. David acknowledged that his afflictions were merited by his own sins, but Christ suffered for ours. David's friends durst not give him any assistance. Let us not think it strange if thus deserted, but make sure of a Friend in heaven who will not fail. God will be sure to order and dispose all for the best, to all those who commit their spirits also into his hand. The time of life is in God's hands, to lengthen or shorten, make bitter or sweet, according to the counsel of his will. The way of man is not in himself, nor in our friend's hands, nor in our enemies' hands, but in God's. In this faith and confidence he prays that the Lord would save him for his mercies's sake, and not for any merit of his own. He prophesies the silencing of those that reproach and speak evil of the people of God. There is a day coming, when the Lord will execute judgment upon them. In the mean time, we should engage ourselves by well-doing, if possible, to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
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