Psalm 58:2
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New International Version
No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

New Living Translation
No! You plot injustice in your hearts. You spread violence throughout the land.

English Standard Version
No, in your hearts you devise wrongs; your hands deal out violence on earth.

New American Standard Bible
No, in heart you work unrighteousness; On earth you weigh out the violence of your hands.

King James Bible
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No, you practice injustice in your hearts; with your hands you weigh out violence in the land.

International Standard Version
As a matter of fact, in your heart you plan iniquities! In the land your hands are violent!

NET Bible
No! You plan how to do what is unjust; you deal out violence in the earth.

New Heart English Bible
No, in your heart you plot injustice. You measure out the violence of your hands in the earth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, you all speak evil in the Earth, and your hands are defiled with evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No, you invent new crimes on earth, and your hands spread violence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; Ye weigh out in the earth the violence of your hands.

New American Standard 1977
No, in heart you work unrighteousness;
            On earth you weigh out the violence of your hands.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Yea, in heart ye work iniquity; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, in heart you work wickedness; you weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.

American King James Version
Yes, in heart you work wickedness; you weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

American Standard Version
Nay, in heart ye work wickedness; Ye weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For in your heart you work iniquity: your hands forge injustice in the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.

English Revised Version
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

World English Bible
No, in your heart you plot injustice. You measure out the violence of your hands in the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
Even in heart ye work iniquities, In the land the violence of your hands ye ponder.
Study Bible
God Judges the Earth
1For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David. Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods? Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men? 2No, in heart you work unrighteousness; On earth you weigh out the violence of your hands. 3The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.…
Cross References
Psalm 94:20
Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which devises mischief by decree?

Isaiah 10:1
Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions,

Micah 3:9
Now hear this, heads of the house of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel, Who abhor justice And twist everything that is straight,

Habakkuk 1:4
Therefore the law is ignored And justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out perverted.

Malachi 3:15
'So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'"
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, in heart you work wickedness; you weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

in heart

Psalm 21:11 For they intended evil against you: they imagined a mischievous device, …

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness …

Isaiah 59:4-6 None calls for justice, nor any pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, …

Jeremiah 22:16,17 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with …

Ezekiel 22:12,27 In you have they taken gifts to shed blood; you have taken usury and increase…

Micah 3:1-3,9-12 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of …

John 11:47-53 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and …

weigh

Psalm 94:20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames …

Isaiah 10:1 Woe to them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness …

Isaiah 26:7 The way of the just is uprightness: you, most upright, do weigh the …

(2) In heart . . . in the earth (or, better, in the land).--These in the text are in antithesis. The mischief conceived in the heart is weighed out, instead of justice, by these unjust magistrates. The balance of justice is thus turned into a means of wrong-doing. But, perhaps, we should rather arrange as follows:

Nay! with your heart ye work wickedness in the land,

With your hands you weigh out violence.

Verse 2. - Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; literally, wickednesses, or iniquities. These ye first devise in your heart, and then (see the next clause) carry out with your hands. Ye weigh (or, weigh out) the violence of your hands in the earth. Instead of carefully meting out justice to men, after accurately weighing it in the balance of right and equity, you weigh out to them mere wrong and "violence." Yea, in heart ye work wickedness,.... So far were they from speaking righteousness, and judging uprightly. The heart of man is wickedness itself; it is desperately wicked, and is the shop in which all wickedness is wrought; for sinful acts are committed there as well as by the tongue and hand, as follows. This phrase also denotes their sinning; not with precipitancy, and through surprise; but with premeditation and deliberation; and their doing it heartily, with good will, and with allowance, and their continuance and constant persisting in it;

ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth; they were guilty of acts of violence and oppression, which, of all men, judges should not be guilty of; whose business it is to plead the cause of the injured and oppressed, to right their wrongs, and to protect and defend them: these they pretended to weigh in the balance of justice and equity, and committed them under a show of righteousness; they decreed unrighteous decrees, and framed mischief by a law; and this they did openly, and everywhere, throughout the whole land. 2. This they did not design; but

weigh … violence—or give decisions of violence. Weigh is a figure to express the acts of judges.

in the earth—publicly.58:1-5 When wrong is done under the form of law, it is worse than any other; especially it is grievous to behold those who profess to be children of God, joining together against any of his people. We should thank the Lord for merciful restraints; we should be more earnest in seeking renewing grace, more watchful over ourselves, and more patient under the effects of fallen nature in others. The corruption of their nature was the root of bitterness. We may see in children the wickedness of the world beginning. They go astray from God and their duty as soon as possibly they can. And how soon will little children tell lies! It is our duty to take pains to teach them, and above all, earnestly to pray for converting grace to make our children new creatures. Though the poison be within, much of it may be kept from breaking forth to injure others. When the Saviour's words are duly regarded, the serpent becomes harmless. But those who refuse to hear heavenly wisdom, must perish miserably, for ever.
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