Psalm 73:6
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New International Version
Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.

New Living Translation
They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty.

English Standard Version
Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them.

King James Bible
Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment.

International Standard Version
Therefore pride is their necklace and violence covers them like a garment.

NET Bible
Arrogance is their necklace, and violence their clothing.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore pride is like a chain around their neck. Violence covers them like a garment.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, contempt has seized them and their evil is covered and their wickedness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why they wear arrogance like a necklace and acts of violence like clothing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; Violence covereth them as a garment.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore pride is their necklace;
            The garment of violence covers them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore they are crowned with pride; they cover themselves with violence as a garment.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore pride surrounds them as a chain; violence covers them as a garment.

American King James Version
Therefore pride compasses them about as a chain; violence covers them as a garment.

American Standard Version
Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; Violence covereth them as a garment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore pride hath held them fast: they are covered with their iniquity and their wickedness.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore pride encompasseth them as a neck-chain, violence covereth them [as] a garment;

English Revised Version
Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; violence covereth them as a garment.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore pride encompasseth them as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

World English Bible
Therefore pride is like a chain around their neck. Violence covers them like a garment.

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore hath pride encircled them, Violence covereth them as a dress.
Study Bible
Surely God is Good to Israel
5They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like mankind. 6Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them. 7Their eye bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot.…
Cross References
Genesis 41:42
Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put the gold necklace around his neck.

Psalm 10:2
In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

Psalm 109:18
But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, And it entered into his body like water And like oil into his bones.

Psalm 109:19
Let it be to him as a garment with which he covers himself, And for a belt with which he constantly girds himself.

Proverbs 1:9
Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck.

Malachi 2:16
"For I hate divorce," says the LORD, the God of Israel, "and him who covers his garment with wrong," says the LORD of hosts. "So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously."
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore pride compasses them about as a chain; violence covers them as a garment.

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Deuteronomy 8:13,14 And when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and …

Deuteronomy 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: you are waxen fat, you are grown …

Esther 3:1,5,6 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha …

Esther 5:9-11 Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but …

Job 21:7-15 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power…

Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore …

Jeremiah 48:11,29 Moab has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees, …

Ezekiel 28:2-5 Son of man, say to the prince of Tyrus, Thus said the Lord GOD; Because …

Daniel 4:30 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have …

as a chain

Judges 8:26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand …

Proverbs 1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace to your head, and chains about your neck.

Songs 4:9 You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; you have ravished …

Isaiah 3:19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,

Ezekiel 16:11 I decked you also with ornaments, and I put bracelets on your hands, …

violence

Proverbs 3:31 Envy you not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

Proverbs 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

Micah 2:1,2 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when …

Micah 3:5 Thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, …

James 5:4-6 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, …

covereth

Psalm 109:18,29 As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

(6) Therefore.--Better,

"Therefore pride is their necklace,

And violence their mantle."

The first metaphor might have been suggested either by the fact that the rich lavished large sums on jewellery, especially necklaces (see Note, Song of Solomon 1:10), or possibly from the usual description of the proud as "stiffnecked."

Verse 6. - Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; or, is as a chain about their neck (Revised Version) - makes them stiffen their neck, and hold their head aloft. Not being afflicted, they regard themselves as favourites of Heaven, and are therefore puffed up with pride, which they show in their gait and bearing. Violence covereth them as a garment. Pride and self-conceit naturally lead on to violence, which becomes so habitual to them that it seems like their ordinary apparel (comp. Psalm 109:18, 19). The violence of the great ones in Israel is continually denounced, both by psalmists and prophets (see Psalm 11:2; Psalm 55:9; Psalm 58:2; Psalm 72:14, etc.; Isaiah 1:15; Isaiah 3:15; Isaiah 59:3-7; Hosea 4:1, 2; Amos 3:10, etc.). Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain, Which was the sin of the devils, and of our first parents, and of Sodom, and is the sin of antichrist; and which, of all sins, is most hateful to God; this arises from, at least is increased by, outward prosperity. Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked; pride and fulness of bread went together in Sodom; and, where it is predominant, it binds as a chain; such who are under the power of it are slaves unto it, they are chained and fettered by it, and it possesses them wholly; it shows itself in the several members of their bodies, in their eyes and feet, their walk and gait, and in their conduct and behaviour, and in the several actions of their lives, and is rightly called "the pride of life"; or rather they bind it about themselves as a chain, fancying it to be an ornament to them, what sets them off, and makes them look great in the eyes of others; whereas the reverse is what is of great price, and in high esteem with God and good men; namely, the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit:

violence covereth them as a garment; wicked men that are prosperous and proud are generally oppressive to others; and are very often open in their acts of violence, which are as openly done and to be seen of all men, as the clothes upon their backs; and frequently the clothes they wear are got by rapine and oppression, so that they may properly be called garments of violence; see Isaiah 59:6. 73:1-14 The psalmist was strongly tempted to envy the prosperity of the wicked; a common temptation, which has tried the graces of many saints. But he lays down the great principle by which he resolved to abide. It is the goodness of God. This is a truth which cannot be shaken. Good thoughts of God will fortify against Satan's temptations. The faith even of strong believers may be sorely shaken, and ready to fail. There are storms that will try the firmest anchors. Foolish and wicked people have sometimes a great share of outward prosperity. They seem to have the least share of the troubles of this life; and they seem to have the greatest share of its comforts. They live without the fear of God, yet they prosper, and get on in the world. Wicked men often spend their lives without much sickness, and end them without great pain; while many godly persons scarcely know what health is, and die with great sufferings. Often the wicked are not frightened, either by the remembrance of their sins, or the prospect of their misery, but they die without terror. We cannot judge men's state beyond death, by what passes at their death. He looked abroad, and saw many of God's people greatly at a loss. Because the wicked are so very daring, therefore his people return hither; they know not what to say to it, and the rather, because they drink deep of the bitter cup of affliction. He spoke feelingly when he spoke of his own troubles; there is no disputing against sense, except by faith. From all this arose a strong temptation to cast off religion. But let us learn that the true course of sanctification consists in cleansing a man from all pollution both of soul and body. The heart is cleansed by the blood of Christ laid hold upon by faith; and by the begun works of the Lord's Spirit, manifested in the hearty resolution, purpose, and study of holiness, and a blameless course of life and actions, the hands are cleansed. It is not in vain to serve God and keep his ordinances.
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