Psalm 37:12
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New International Version
The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;

New Living Translation
The wicked plot against the godly; they snarl at them in defiance.

English Standard Version
The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him,

New American Standard Bible
The wicked plots against the righteous And gnashes at him with his teeth.

King James Bible
The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wicked person schemes against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him.

International Standard Version
The wicked person plots against the righteous, and grinds his teeth at him.

NET Bible
Evil men plot against the godly and viciously attack them.

New Heart English Bible
The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wicked one rages against the righteous one and gnashes his teeth upon him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The wicked person plots against a righteous one and grits his teeth at him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wicked plotteth against the righteous, And gnasheth at him with his teeth.

New American Standard 1977
The wicked plots against the righteous,
            And gnashes at him with his teeth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Zain The wicked plots against the just and gnashes upon him with his teeth.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes upon him with his teeth.

American King James Version
The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth.

American Standard Version
The wicked plotteth against the just, And gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sinner shall watch the just man : and shall gnash upon him with his teeth.

Darby Bible Translation
The wicked plotteth against the righteous, and gnasheth his teeth against him.

English Revised Version
The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

World English Bible
The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.

Young's Literal Translation
The wicked is devising against the righteous, And gnashing against him his teeth.
Study Bible
Don’t Fret Because of Evildoers
11But the humble will inherit the land And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity. 12The wicked plots against the righteous And gnashes at him with his teeth. 13The Lord laughs at him, For He sees his day is coming.…
Cross References
Matthew 8:12
But the sons of the kingdom will be cast into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Genesis 37:18
When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death.

Psalm 31:13
For I have heard the slander of many, Terror is on every side; While they took counsel together against me, They schemed to take away my life.

Psalm 31:20
You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.

Psalm 35:16
Like godless jesters at a feast, They gnashed at me with their teeth.

Psalm 112:10
The wicked will see it and be vexed, He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked will perish.

Lamentations 2:16
All your enemies Have opened their mouths wide against you; They hiss and gnash their teeth. They say, "We have swallowed her up! Surely this is the day for which we waited; We have reached it, we have seen it."
Treasury of Scripture

The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth.

Psalm 37:32 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

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

1 Samuel 23:7-9 And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, …

2 Samuel 15:10-12 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, …

Esther 3:6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had …

Matthew 26:4,16 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him…

plotteth. or, practiseth

Daniel 8:12,24 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of …

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

gnasheth

Psalm 35:16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed on me with their teeth.

Verse 12. - The wicked plotteth against the just (comp. Psalm 31:13; Psalm 35:4, 7, etc.). Wicked men commonly lay their plots against the righteous, as being less likely to suspect them, and perhaps as less likely to resist their machinations. And gnasheth upon him with his teeth (comp. Psalm 35:16). The wicked plotteth against the just,.... Forms schemes to make him uneasy, uncomfortable, and unhappy:

and gnasheth upon him with his teeth: which expresses his malice and hatred, as David's enemies did upon him, Psalm 35:16; and Stephen's, Acts 7:54. 12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

Here is the portrait of a proud oppressor armed to the teeth.

Psalm 37:12

"The wicked plotteth against the just." Why can he not let the good man alone? Because there is enmity between the serpent's seed and the seed of the woman. Why not attack him fairly? Why plot and scheme? Because it is according to the serpent's nature to be very subtle. Plain sailing does not suit those who are on board of "The Apollyon." "And gnasheth upon him with his teeth." The wicked show by their gestures what they would do if they could; if they cannot gnaw they will gnash: if they may not bite they will at least bark. This is precisely what the graceless world did with "that just One," the Prince of Peace. Yet he took no vengeance upon them, but like a silent lamb received injuries in patience.

Psalm 37:13

"The Lord shall laugh at him." The godly man needs not trouble himself, but leave well-deserved vengeance to be dealt out by the Lord, who will utterly deride the malice of the good man's enemies. Let the proud scorner gnash his teeth and foam at the mouth; he has one to deal with who will look down upon him and his ravings with serene contempt. "For he seeth that his day is coming." The evil man does not see how close his destruction is upon his heels; he boasts of crushing others when the foot of justice is already uplifted to trample him as the mire of the streets. Sinners, in the hand of an angry God, and yet plotting against his children! Poor souls, thus to run upon the point of Jehovah's spear.

Psalm 37:14

"The wicked have drawn out the sword." They hold their weapon out of its sheath, and watch for a time to use it. "And have bent their bow." One weapon is not enough, they carry another ready for action. They carry so strong a bow that they have trodden upon it to bend it - they will lose nothing for want of force or readiness. "To cast down the poor and needy." These are their game, the objects of their accursed malice. These cowards attack not their equals, but seek out those excellent ones who, from the gentleness of their spirits and the poverty of their estates, are not able to defend themselves. Note how our meek and lowly Lord was beset by cruel foes, armed with all manner of weapons to slay him. "And to stay such as be of upright conversation." Nothing short of the overthrow and death of the just will content the wicked. The sincere and straightforward are hated by the crafty schemers who delight in unrighteousness. See, then, the enemies of the godly doubly armed, and learn how true were our Lord's words, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."

Psalm 37:15

"Their sword shall enter into their own heart." Like Haman they shall be hanged upon the gallows built by themselves for Mordecai. Hundreds of times has this been the case. Saul, who sought to slay David, fell on his own sword; and the bow, his favourite weapon, the use of which he taught the children of Israel, was not able to deliver him on Gilboa. "And their bows shall be broken." Their inventions of evil shall be rendered useless. Malice outwits itself. It drinks the poisoned cup which it mixed for another, and burns itself in the fire which it kindled for its neighbour. Why need we fret at the prosperity of the wicked when they are so industriously ruining themselves while they fancy they are injuring the saints?

The next nine verses mainly describe the character and blessedness of the godly, and the light is brought out with a few black touches descriptive of the wicked and their doom. 12. gnasheth … teeth—in beastly rage.37:7-20 Let us be satisfied that God will make all to work for good to us. Let us not discompose ourselves at what we see in this world. A fretful, discontented spirit is open to many temptations. For, in all respects, the little which is allotted to the righteous, is more comfortable and more profitable than the ill-gotten and abused riches of ungodly men. It comes from a hand of special love. God provides plentifully and well, not only for his working servants, but for his waiting servants. They have that which is better than wealth, peace of mind, peace with God, and then peace in God; that peace which the world cannot give, and which the world cannot have. God knows the believer's days. Not one day's work shall go unrewarded. Their time on earth is reckoned by days, which will soon be numbered; but heavenly happiness shall be for ever. This will be a real support to believers in evil times. Those that rest on the Rock of ages, have no reason to envy the wicked the support of their broken reeds.
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