Psalm 58:3
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New International Version
Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.

New Living Translation
These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way.

English Standard Version
The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.

New American Standard Bible
The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.

King James Bible
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wicked go astray from the womb; liars err from birth.

International Standard Version
The wicked go astray from the womb; they go astray, telling lies even from birth.

NET Bible
The wicked turn aside from birth; liars go astray as soon as they are born.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil are set apart from the belly and have gone astray from the womb, speaking lies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Even] inside the womb wicked people are strangers [to God]. From their birth liars go astray.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.

American King James Version
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

American Standard Version
The wicked are estranged from the womb: They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked are alienated from the womb; they have gone astray from the womb: they have spoken false things.

Darby Bible Translation
The wicked go astray from the womb; they err as soon as they are born, speaking lies.

English Revised Version
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked are estranged from their birth: they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.

World English Bible
The wicked go astray from the womb. They are wayward as soon as they are born, speaking lies.

Young's Literal Translation
The wicked have been estranged from the womb, They have erred from the belly, speaking lies.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. This is the language of hyperbole, and is certainly not the profession of the doctrine of original sin. What the psalmist means is that those who ultimately become heinous sinners, for the most part show, even from their early childhood, a strong tendency towards evil. He implies that with others the case is different. Though there may be in them a corruption of nature (Psalm 51:6), yet, on the whole, they have good dispositions, and present a contrast to the ungodly ones whom he is describing.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The wicked are estranged from the womb,.... Which original corruption of nature accounts for all the wickedness done by men: they are conceived in sin, shapen in iniquity, and are transgressors from the womb; they are alienated from God, and from that godly life which is agreeable to him, and he requires; and from the knowledge and fear of him, and love to him; and they desire not the knowledge of him nor his ways; they are far from his law, and averse to it; and still more so to the Gospel of Christ; the doctrines of which, as well as the great things written in the law, are strange things to them; and they are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, estranged from the people of God, know nothing of them, neither of their joys, nor of their sorrows;

they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies; they are wicked from their infancy, from their youth upward; and sin, which is meant by "going astray", as soon as they are capable of it, and which is very early. Sin soon appears in the temper and actions of then; they go out of God's way, and turn everyone to their own way, and walk in the broad road which leads to destruction: and particularly they are very early guilty of lying; as soon as they can speak, and before they can speak plain, they lisp out lies, which they learn from their father the devil, who is the father of lies; and so they continue all their days strangers to divine things, going astray from God, the God of truth, continually doing abominations and speaking lies; which continuance in these things makes the difference between reprobate men and God's elect; for though the latter are the same by nature as the former, yet their natures are restrained, before conversion, from going into all the sins they are inclined to; and if not, yet at conversion a stop is put to their progress in iniquity.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3-5. describe the wicked generally, who sin naturally, easily, malignantly, and stubbornly.

Psalm 58:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Judges the Earth
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. 4They have venom like the venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,…
Cross References
Psalm 14:3
All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

Psalm 51:5
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Psalm 52:3
You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth.

Psalm 53:3
Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

Isaiah 48:8
You have neither heard nor understood; from of old your ears have not been open. Well do I know how treacherous you are; you were called a rebel from birth.
Treasury of Scripture

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

estranged

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, …

Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction …

Isaiah 48:8 Yes, you heard not; yes, you knew not; yes, from that time that your …

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the …

as soon [heb.] from the belly

Psalm 22:10 I was cast on you from the womb: you are my God from my mother's belly.

Isaiah 46:3 Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house …

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