Psalm 7:14
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New International Version
Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.

New Living Translation
The wicked conceive evil; they are pregnant with trouble and give birth to lies.

English Standard Version
Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.

New American Standard Bible
Behold, he travails with wickedness, And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.

King James Bible
Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
See, the wicked one is pregnant with evil, conceives trouble, and gives birth to deceit.

International Standard Version
But the wicked one travails with evil, he conceives malice and gives birth to lies.

NET Bible
See the one who is pregnant with wickedness, who conceives destructive plans, and gives birth to harmful lies--

New Heart English Bible
Look, he travails with iniquity. Yes, he has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the evil one is corrupt and has conceived lies and has given birth to evil,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
See how that person conceives evil, is pregnant with harm, and gives birth to lies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, he travaileth with iniquity; Yea, he conceiveth mischief, and bringeth forth falsehood.

New American Standard 1977
Behold, he travails with wickedness,
            And he conceives mischief, and brings forth falsehood.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, he travails with iniquity and has conceived of his own work and brought forth falsehood.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, he brought forth iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

American King James Version
Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

American Standard Version
Behold, he travaileth with iniquity; Yea, he hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold he hath been in labour with injustice; he hath conceived sorrow, and brought forth iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, yea, he hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood:

English Revised Version
Behold, he travaileth with iniquity; yea, he hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

World English Bible
Behold, he travails with iniquity. Yes, he has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, he travaileth with iniquity, And he hath conceived perverseness, And hath brought forth falsehood.
Study Bible
I Take Refuge in You
13He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts. 14Behold, he travails with wickedness, And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood. 15He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made.…
Cross References
James 1:15
Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.

Job 15:35
"They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity, And their mind prepares deception."

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

Isaiah 33:11
"You have conceived chaff, you will give birth to stubble; My breath will consume you like a fire.

Isaiah 59:4
No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly. They trust in confusion and speak lies; They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

Job 15:20,35 The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of …

Isaiah 33:11 You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble: your breath, …

Isaiah 59:4,5 None calls for justice, nor any pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, …

James 1:15 Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when …

(14) Behold, he travaileth.--The poet's thought recurs to the calumniator, whose sin has deserved all this Divine wrath, and he sees the truth that God's judgments are not arbitrary, but follow naturally on sin as its consequence. The verb "travaileth" gives the general figure, which is elaborated in the two clauses which describe the stages of conception and pregnancy. (For the image, comp. Job 15:35.)

Verse 14. - Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood (comp. Job 15:35; Isaiah 59:4). The "falsehood" intended is probably the bringing of false charges against David (see vers. 3-5). Behold, he travaileth with iniquity,.... Is full of it, and big with it, as a woman with child, and eagerly desires to bring it forth, and is in pain till he commits it;

and hath conceived mischief; that which is injurious to God and the perfections of his nature, a transgression of his law, and an affront to his justice and holiness, is doing wrong to fellow creatures, and harm to themselves, either to their name and credit, or to their substance and estates, or to their bodies and souls, and it may be to them all; and yet this they conceive, they devise it in their hearts, and form schemes how to bring it to pass, and which they do with great freedom, deliberation, and pleasure;

and brought forth falsehood; or "vanity" (k), or a vain thing, as the same word is rendered in Job 15:35; no fruit at all, but wind, or stubble, Isaiah 26:17; that which deceives does not answer the expectation, but the contrary to it; the sense is, that wicked men having devised mischievous things against the saints, they are big with expectations of success, and strive to bring their purposes to bear, but are miserably disappointed, for it all ends in vanity and vexation of spirit to themselves.

(k) "rem inanem", so some in Vatablus; "vanitatem", Gejerum. 14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

In three graphic pictures we see the slanderer's history. A woman in travail furnishes the first metaphor. "He travaileth with iniquity." He is full of it, pained until he can carry it out, he longs to work his will, he is full of pangs until his evil intent is executed. "He hath conceived mischief." This is the original of his base design. The devil has had doings with him, and the virus of evil is in him. And now behold the progeny of this unhallowed conception. The child is worthy of its father, his name of old was "the father of lies," and the birth doth not belie the parent, for he brought forth falsehood. Thus, one figure is carried out to perfection; the Psalmist now illustrates his meaning by another taken from the stratagems of the hunter. "He made a pit and digged it." He was cunning in his plans, and industrious in his labours. He stooped to the dirty work of digging. He did not fear to soil his own hands, he was willing to work in a ditch if others might fall therein. What mean things men will do to wreak revenge on the godly. They hunt for good men, as if they were brute beasts; nay, they will not give them the fair chase afforded to the hare or the fox, but must secretly entrap them, because they can neither run them down nor shoot them down. Our enemies will not meet us to the face, for they fear us as much as they pretend to despise us. But let us look on to the end of the scene. The verse says, he "is fallen into the ditch which he made." Ah! there he is, let us laugh at his disappointment. Lo! he is himself the beast, he has hunted his own soul, and the chase has brought him a goodly victim. Aha, aha, so should it ever be. Come hither and make merry with this entrapped hunter, this biter who has bitten himself. Give him no pity, for it will be wasted on such a wretch. He is but rightly and richly rewarded by being paid in his own coin. He cast forth evil from his mouth, and it has fallen into his bosom. He has set his own house on fire with the torch which he lit to burn a neighbour. He sent forth a foul bird, and it has come back to its nest. The rod which he lifted on high, has smitten his own back. He shot an arrow upward, and it has "returned upon his own head." He hurled a stone at another, and it has "come down upon his own pate." Curses are like young chickens, they always come home to roost. Ashes always fly back in the face of him that throws them. "As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him" (Psalm 109:17.) How often has this been the case in the histories of both ancient and modern times. Men have burned their own fingers when they were hoping to brand their neighbour. And if this does not happen now, it will hereafter. The Lord has caused dogs to lick the blood of Ahab in the midst of the vineyard of Naboth. Sooner or later the evil deeds of persecutors have always leaped back into their arms. So will it be in the last great day, when Satan's fiery darts shall all be quivered in his own heart, and all his followers shall reap the harvest which they themselves have sown. 14. The first clause expresses the general idea that wicked men labor to do evil, the others carry out the figure fully.7:10-17 David is confident that he shall find God his powerful Saviour. The destruction of sinners may be prevented by their conversion; for it is threatened, If he turn not from his evil way, let him expect it will be his ruin. But amidst the threatenings of wrath, we have a gracious offer of mercy. God gives sinners warning of their danger, and space to repent, and prevent it. He is slow to punish, and long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish. The sinner is described, ver. 14-16, as taking more pains to ruin his soul than, if directed aright, would save it. This is true, in a sense, of all sinners. Let us look to the Saviour under all our trials. Blessed Lord, give us grace to look to thee in the path of tribulation, going before thy church and people, and marking the way by thine own spotless example. Under all the persecutions which in our lesser trials mark our way, let the looking to Jesus animate our minds and comfort our hearts.
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