Psalm 36:3
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New International Version
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good.

New Living Translation
Everything they say is crooked and deceitful. They refuse to act wisely or do good.

English Standard Version
The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good.

New American Standard Bible
The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good.

King James Bible
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The words of his mouth are malicious and deceptive; he has stopped acting wisely and doing good.

International Standard Version
The words from his mouth are vain and deceptive. He has abandoned behaving wisely and doing good.

NET Bible
The words he speaks are sinful and deceitful; he does not care about doing what is wise and right.

New Heart English Bible
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit. He has ceased to be wise and to do good.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The answer of his mouth is disease and deceit and he does not want to do good.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The words from his mouth are [nothing but] trouble and deception. He has stopped doing what is wise and good.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit; He hath left off to be wise, to do good.

New American Standard 1977
The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit;
            He has ceased to be wise and to do good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit; he has left off to be wise and to do good.

King James 2000 Bible
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has ceased to be wise, and to do good.

American King James Version
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to be wise, and to do good.

American Standard Version
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: He hath ceased to be wise and to do good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of his mouth are iniquity and guile : he would not understand that he might do well.

Darby Bible Translation
The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, to do good.

English Revised Version
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise and to do good.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath ceased to be wise, and to do good.

World English Bible
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit. He has ceased to be wise and to do good.

Young's Literal Translation
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit, He ceased to act prudently -- to do good.
Study Bible
There is No Fear of God Before his Eyes
2For it flatters him in his own eyes Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it. 3The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil.…
Cross References
Psalm 10:7
His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.

Psalm 12:2
They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.

Psalm 50:19
"You let your mouth loose in evil And your tongue frames deceit.

Psalm 94:8
Pay heed, you senseless among the people; And when will you understand, stupid ones?

Jeremiah 4:22
"For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know."
Treasury of Scripture

The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to be wise, and to do good.

The words

Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is …

Psalm 12:2,3 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips …

Psalm 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in …

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as …

Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison …

1 Samuel 18:21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, …

1 Samuel 19:6,7 And Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan: and Saul swore, As the …

1 Samuel 26:21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no …

Matthew 22:15-18 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle …

Matthew 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting …

he hath

Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead …

1 Samuel 11:6-13 And the Spirit of God came on Saul when he heard those tidings, and …

1 Samuel 13:13,14 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly: you have not kept …

1 Samuel 15:26 And Samuel said to Saul, I will not return with you: for you have …

1 Samuel 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit …

Zephaniah 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have …

Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back to perdition; but of them that …

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

(3, 4) From the secret promptings of sin, the description of the ungodly passes on to its issues in words and deeds. It is an awful picture of wickedness of a man abandoning himself without check or remorse to the inspiration of his own evil heart. He goes from bad to worse. In a great English tragedy, the murderer, though he has determined to wade farther in blood, yet prays against the horror of nightly temptations:

"Merciful powers,

Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature

Gives way to in repose.

But this man "deviseth mischief upon his bed." When even the worst criminals shudder at their own deeds, whispering to their "deaf pillows" the agonies that creep over them with darkness and silence, this ungodly man of the Hebrew poet's picture is occupied rather in scheming fresh villainies; even then he abhorreth not evil, or better, rejecteth not, catches rather at every fresh suggestion, and shapes it to his end.

Verse 3. - The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit (comp. Psalm 12:2; Psalm 28:3). He hath left off to be wise, and to do good. There was a time when he occasionally acted wisely, and did what was right. But that time is gone by. Now he is consistently wicked. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit,.... Not only sinful, but sin itself; his mouth is full of cursing and bitterness, of filthy and unchaste words, of corrupt communication, lying, deceit, and flattery; out of the abundance of the wickedness of his heart his mouth speaketh; and which shows the badness of it, and proves all that is said before of him;

he hath left off to be wise, and to do good; by which the psalmist seems to intend one that had been a professor of religion, who, besides the light of nature he had acted contrary to, had had the advantage of a divine revelation, and had been enlightened into the knowledge of divine things, and had done many things externally good, particularly acts of beneficence; but now had dropped his profession of religion, denied the truths he had been enlightened into, and ceased from doing good; otherwise a natural man understandeth not; and, though he is wise to do evil, to do good he has no knowledge. 36:1-4 From this psalm our hearts should be duly affected with hatred of sin, and seek satisfaction in God's loving-kindness. Here is the root of bitterness, from which all the wickedness of wicked men comes. It takes rise from contempt of God, and the want of due regard to him. Also from the deceit they put upon their own souls. Let us daily beg of God to preserve us from self-flattery. Sin is very hurtful to the sinner himself, and therefore ought to be hateful; but it is not so. It is no marvel, if those that deceive themselves, seek to deceive all mankind; to whom will they be true, who are false to their own souls? It is bad to do mischief, but worse to devise it, to do it with plot and management. If we willingly banish holy meditations in our solitary hours, Satan will soon occupy our minds with sinful imaginations. Hardened sinners stand to what they have done, as though they could justify it before God himself.
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