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

New Living Translation
All day long you plot destruction. Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor; you're an expert at telling lies.

English Standard Version
Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.

New American Standard Bible
Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.

King James Bible
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp rasor, working deceitfully.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Like a sharpened razor, your tongue devises destruction, working treachery.

International Standard Version
Your tongue, like a sharp razor, devises wicked things and crafts treachery.

NET Bible
Your tongue carries out your destructive plans; it is as effective as a sharp razor, O deceiver.

New Heart English Bible
Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Your tongue conceives evil and, like a sharpened razor, you have worked deceit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your tongue makes up threats. It's like a sharp razor, you master of deceit.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy tongue deviseth destruction; Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

New American Standard 1977
Your tongue devises destruction,
            Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy tongue devises wickedness like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

King James 2000 Bible
Your tongue devises evil; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

American King James Version
The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

American Standard Version
Thy tongue deviseth very wickedness, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All the day long thy tongue hath devised injustice: as a sharp razor, thou hast wrought deceit.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy tongue deviseth mischievous things, like a sharp razor, practising deceit.

English Revised Version
Thy tongue deviseth very wickedness; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

World English Bible
Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Young's Literal Translation
Mischiefs doth thy tongue devise, Like a sharp razor, working deceit.
Study Bible
Why Do You Boast of Mischief?
1For the choir director. A Maskil of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul and said to him, "David has come to the house of Ahimelech." Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The lovingkindness of God endures all day long. 2Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit. 3You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 6:8
Then I sent a message to him saying, "Such things as you are saying have not been done, but you are inventing them in your own mind."

Psalm 5:9
There is nothing reliable in what they say; Their inward part is destruction itself. Their throat is an open grave; They flatter with their tongue.

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

Psalm 57:4
My soul is among lions; I must lie among those who breathe forth fire, Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows And their tongue a sharp sword.

Psalm 59:7
Behold, they belch forth with their mouth; Swords are in their lips, For, they say, "Who hears?"

Psalm 101:7
He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me.

Psalm 140:2
Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars.

Jeremiah 18:18
Then they said, "Come and let us devise plans against Jeremiah. Surely the law is not going to be lost to the priest, nor counsel to the sage, nor the divine word to the prophet! Come on and let us strike at him with our tongue, and let us give no heed to any of his words."

Jeremiah 37:14
But Jeremiah said, "A lie! I am not going over to the Chaldeans"; yet he would not listen to him. So Irijah arrested Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.

Ezekiel 11:2
He said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and give evil advice in this city,
Treasury of Scripture

The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Thy

Psalm 50:19 You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit.

Psalm 64:2-6 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection …

Psalm 140:2,3 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered …

Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things does the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination to him…

Proverbs 30:14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth …

Jeremiah 9:3,4 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are …

Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; …

Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false …

Acts 6:11-13 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous …

Acts 24:1,5 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, …

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, …

like

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on …

Psalm 59:7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: …

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue …

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love …

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Psalm 109:2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened …

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

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

(2) Working deceitfully.--Better, working guile. (For the metaphor, see Psalm 55:21; Psalm 57:4, &c)

Verse 2. - Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; or, malignities - evils of the worst kind. It was Doeg's "tongue" that brought about the entire ghastly massacre (see 1 Samuel 22:9, 10). Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Doeg had "worked deceitfully," since he had not told Saul the circumstances that made Ahimelech's giving aid to David no disloyalty to the king (1 Samuel 21:2, 8). The suppressio veri is a suggestio falsi. Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs,.... Abundance of mischiefs, in a variety of ways, against many persons, even all good men. What properly belongs to the heart is here ascribed to the tongue; because, as Aben Ezra observes, it is the interpreter and discoverer of the thoughts of the heart: out of the abundance of that the tongue speaks and declares the mischief it has devised. Doeg intended mischief to David, when he spoke to Saul, 1 Samuel 22:9; so antichrist devises mischiefs against the saints of the most High, to wear them out, and thinks to change times and laws, Daniel 7:25;

like a sharp razor, working deceitfully; that is, his tongue was like a razor; the razor is but a small instrument, and the tongue is but a little member: the razor is a sharp and cutting one, and so is the tongue; and therefore compared to a sharp sword, Psalm 57:4; see Jeremiah 18:18; the razor takes off the beard cleanly and wholly; Doeg's tongue was the cause of the utter ruin of Ahimelech's family and the city of Nob; and as a razor may be said to "work deceitfully", when it turns aside in the hand of him that useth it, and with the hair takes off more than it should, even skin and flesh, or cuts the man's throat; so in a deceitful and insidious manner did Doeg work the destruction of Ahimelech and the priests of the Lord. 2. tongue—for self.

mischiefs—evil to others (Ps 5:9; 38:12).

working deceitfully—(Ps 10:7), as a keen, smoothly moving razor, cutting quietly, but deeply.52:1-5 Those that glory in sin, glory in their shame. The patience and forbearance of God are abused by sinners, to the hardening of their hearts in their wicked ways. But the enemies in vain boast in their mischief, while we have God's mercy to trust in. It will not save us from the guilt of lying, to be able to say, there was some truth in what we said, if we make it appear otherwise than it was. The more there is of craft and contrivance in any wickedness, the more there is of Satan in it. When good men die, they are transplanted from the land of the living on earth, to heaven, the garden of the Lord, where they shall take root for ever; but when wicked men die, they are rooted out, to perish for ever. The believer sees that God will destroy those who make not him their strength.
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