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

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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Who whet their tongue like a sword (comp. Psalm 55:21; Psalm 57:4; Psalm 59:7). And bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words (comp. Psalm 11:2; Psalm 57:4). Calumny was what David especially feared, and what actually brought about his downfall (see 2 Samuel 15:2-6). The "bitterness" of his enemies is further emphasized by the speeches and curses of Shimei (2 Samuel 16:5-13).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who whet their tongue like a sword,.... Use cutting, wounding, killing, and devouring words; on which they set an edge, and make them keener and keener to hurt and ruin the characters and reputations of good men, and grieve and distress their minds;

and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words; such are the these doctrines of heretical men, which are roots of bitterness, that defile some and trouble others; such are the oaths and curses of profane sinners, whose mouths are full of cursing and bitterness; and such are the blasphemies of antichrist against God, against his tabernacle, and against them that dwell therein; and such are the hard speeches spoken by ungodly sinners against Christ and his people; these are like arrows shot from a bow, and full of deadly poison. The Targum is

"they stretch out their bows, they anoint their arrows with deadly and bitter poison.''

There seems to be an allusion to fixing letters in arrows, and so shooting or directing them where it was desired they should fall and be taken up; so Timoxenus and Artobazus sent letters to one another in this way, at the siege of Potidaea (a): and after the same manner, the Jews say (b), Shebna and Joab sent letters to Sennacherib, acquainting him that all Israel were willing to make peace with him; but Hezekiah and Isaiah would not allow them to.

(a) Herodot. Urania, sive l. 8. c. 128. (b) Derash R. Aba in Kimchi in Psal. xi. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3, 4. Similar figures for slander (Ps 57:4; 59:7).

bend—literally, "tread," or, "prepared." The allusion is to the mode of bending a bow by treading on it; here, and in Ps 58:7, transferred to arrows.

Psalm 64:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
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 look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.

Psalm 57:4
I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts-- men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.

Psalm 58:7
Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.

Psalm 140:3
They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's; the poison of vipers is on their lips.

Jeremiah 9:3
"They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies; it is not by truth that they triumph in the land. They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge 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:

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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 …

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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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