Psalm 64:3
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New International Version
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.

New Living Translation
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows.

English Standard Version
who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows,

New American Standard Bible
Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow,

King James Bible
Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who sharpen their tongues like swords and aim bitter words like arrows,

International Standard Version
who sharpen their tongues like swords, and aim their bitter words like arrows,

NET Bible
They sharpen their tongues like a sword; they aim their arrow, a slanderous charge,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They sharpened their tongue like a sword, and their words like an arrow

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They sharpen their tongues like swords. They aim bitter words like arrows

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who have whet their tongue like a sword, And have aimed their arrow, a poisoned word;

New American Standard 1977
Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword.
            They aimed bitter speech as their arrow,



Jubilee Bible 2000
Who whet their tongue like a sword and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words

King James 2000 Bible
Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

American King James Version
Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

American Standard Version
Who have whet their tongue like a sword, And have aimed their arrows, even bitter words,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they have whetted their tongues like a sword; they have bent their bow a bitter thing,

Darby Bible Translation
Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword, [and] have aimed their arrow, a bitter word;

English Revised Version
Who have whet their tongue like a sword, and have aimed their arrows, even bitter words:

Webster's Bible Translation
Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

World English Bible
who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and aim their arrows, deadly words,

Young's Literal Translation
Who sharpened as a sword their tongue, They directed their arrow -- a bitter word.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
64:1-6 The psalmist earnestly begs of God to preserve him from disquieting fear. The tongue is a little member, but it boasts great things. The upright man is the mark at which the wicked aim, they cannot speak peaceably either of him or to him. There is no guard against a false tongue. It is bad to do wrong, but worse to encourage ourselves and one another in it. It is a sign that the heart is hardened to the greatest degree, when it is thus fully set to do evil. A practical disbelief of God's knowledge of all things, is at the bottom of every wickedness. The benefit of a good cause and a good conscience, appears most when nothing can help a man against his enemies, save God alone, who is always a present help.
Study Bible
Hear My Voice in My Complaint
2Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers, From the tumult of those who do iniquity, 3Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow, 4To shoot from concealment at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear.…
Cross References
Psalm 11:2
For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, They make ready their arrow upon the string To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.

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 58:7
Let them flow away like water that runs off; When he aims his arrows, let them be as headless shafts.

Psalm 140:3
They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; Poison of a viper is under their lips. Selah.

Jeremiah 9:3
"They bend their tongue like their bow; Lies and not truth prevail in the land; For they proceed from evil to evil, And they do not know Me," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

whet

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

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

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

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue …

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

James 3:6-8 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among …

bend

Psalm 11:2 For, see, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow …

Psalm 58:7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bends …

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