Psalm 35:20
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New International Version
They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations against those who live quietly in the land.

New Living Translation
They don't talk of peace; they plot against innocent people who mind their own business.

English Standard Version
For they do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit.

New American Standard Bible
For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.

King James Bible
For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For they do not speak in friendly ways, but contrive deceitful schemes against those who live peacefully in the land.

International Standard Version
For they do not speak peace; they devise clever lies against the peaceful people of the land.

NET Bible
For they do not try to make peace with others, but plan ways to deceive those who are unsuspecting.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they do not speak peace, and they conceive deceit against the meek of the Earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They do not talk about peace. Instead, they scheme against the peaceful people in the land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful matters against those that are meek in the land.

King James 2000 Bible
For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

American King James Version
For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

American Standard Version
For they speak not peace; But they devise deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they spoke indeed peaceably to me; and speaking in the anger of the earth they devised guile.

Darby Bible Translation
For they speak not peace; and they devise deceitful words against the quiet in the land.

English Revised Version
For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

World English Bible
For they don't speak peace, but they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.

Young's Literal Translation
For they speak not peace, And against the quiet of the land, Deceitful words they devise,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

35:17-28 Though the people of God are, and study to be, quiet, yet it has been common for their enemies to devise deceitful matters against them. David prays, My soul is in danger, Lord, rescue it; it belongs to thee the Father of spirits, therefore claim thine own; it is thine, save it! Lord, be not far from me, as if I were a stranger. He who exalted the once suffering Redeemer, will appear for all his people: the roaring lion shall not destroy their souls, any more than he could that of Christ, their Surety. They trust their souls in his hands, they are one with him by faith, are precious in his sight, and shall be rescued from destruction, that they may give thanks in heaven.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - For they speak not peace. Once more the language of complaint. David's enemies, though they have driven him from the court, and made him a fugitive and a wanderer, were not yet satisfied. They did not speak him peace. They continued to scheme against him. But they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land. David, if let alone, was willing enough to have remained "quiet in the land." He was a fugitive and an outlaw; but, could he have obtained a safe refuge - the cave of Adullam, or any other - would gladly have remained peacefully within it. But his enemies would not allow him to remain quiet. They stirred up the jealousy and hatred of Saul by false tales, and caused him to be "hunted upon the mountains" (1 Samuel 26:20).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For they speak not peace,.... Meaning to himself, or any good man; as Joseph's brethren could not to him, Genesis 37:4; such were the men David had to do with, Psalm 120:6; and such were the enemies of Christ, who could not give him a good word, nor speak one to him, John 10:20; and such are the enemies of his people, who breathe out nothing but threatenings and slaughter, and not anything that tends to peace, to promote and maintain it. Some versions, as the Septuagint, and they that follow that, render it, "they do speak peace to me"; but then it was in an hypocritical way, as in Psalm 28:3; and as the Jews did to Christ, Matthew 22:16; for it follows:

but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land; meaning not the wicked, as Kimchi thinks; the rich, who live at ease and in quietness, having as much as heart can wish, "with" whom, as he renders it, David's enemies devised mischief in a deceitful way; but the righteous of the earth, as the Targum; such as David and his men were, who desired to live peaceable and quiet lives under Saul's government; and had no intention to disturb his government, or wrest the crown from him; and as the Messiah, David's son, was, "the humble one in the earth"; as the Arabic version renders it in the singular number; a character that well agrees with Christ, who showed great humility in coming into this world, and during his stay in it; it was a state of humiliation with him, and in which he behaved in the most lowly and humble manner; he was the quiet one in the land; he strove not, nor cried, nor was his voice heard in the street; he was not noisy and clamorous, quarrelsome and litigious; but all the reverse; he bore all insults, reproaches, and sufferings, patiently and quietly: and such are his people, so far as they are influenced by his grace and Spirit; they are quiet and peaceable in kingdoms, cities, and neighbourhoods, and in the churches of God; and yet the wicked are continually plotting against them, and devising things, to their hurt.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. deceitful matters—or, "words of deceit."

quiet in the land—the pious lovers of peace.

Psalm 35:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Contend with those who Contend with Me
19Do not let those who are wrongfully my enemies rejoice over me; Nor let those who hate me without cause wink maliciously. 20For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land. 21They opened their mouth wide against me; They said, "Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it!"…
Cross References
Psalm 38:12
Those who want to kill me set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they scheme and lie.

Psalm 55:21
His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.

Psalm 120:6
Too long have I lived among those who hate peace.

Jeremiah 9:8
Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceitfully. With their mouths they all speak cordially to their neighbors, but in their hearts they set traps for them.

Micah 6:12
Your rich people are violent; your inhabitants are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully.
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For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

For

Psalm 120:5-7 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!…

but

Psalm 31:13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while …

Psalm 36:3,4 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to …

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

Psalm 52:2 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Psalm 64:4-6 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot …

Psalm 140:2-5 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered …

Jeremiah 11:19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; …

Daniel 6:5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this …

Matthew 26:4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him.

Acts 23:15 Now therefore you with the council signify to the chief captain that …

Acts 25:3 And desired favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, …

quiet

Matthew 12:19,24 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice …

1 Peter 2:22,23 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth…

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