Psalm 73:8
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New International Version
They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression.

New Living Translation
They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others.

English Standard Version
They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.

New American Standard Bible
They mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high.

King James Bible
They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They mock, and they speak maliciously; they arrogantly threaten oppression.

International Standard Version
In their mockery they speak evil; from their arrogant position they speak oppression.

NET Bible
They mock and say evil things; they proudly threaten violence.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They have conceived and have spoken evil and oppression; they have spoken against The Highest.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They ridicule. They speak maliciously. They speak arrogantly about oppression.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They are lawless and speak wickedly of doing violence; they speak loftily.

King James 2000 Bible
They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

American King James Version
They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

American Standard Version
They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression: They speak loftily.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have thought and spoken wickedness: they have spoken iniquity on high.

Darby Bible Translation
They mock and speak wickedly of oppression, they speak loftily:

English Revised Version
They scoff, and in wickedness utter oppression: they speak loftily.

Webster's Bible Translation
They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.

World English Bible
They scoff and speak with malice. In arrogance, they threaten oppression.

Young's Literal Translation
They do corruptly, And they speak in the wickedness of oppression, From on high they speak.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily; rather, they scoff, and speak wickedly; of oppression do they speak from heaven's height; i.e. "they scoff at the righteous, and speak wickedly concerning them; they talk of the oppressive acts which they meditate, as though they were Divine beings, speaking from the heavenly height" (Cheyne).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They are corrupt,.... In themselves, in their principles, and in their practices, being shapen and conceived in sin, and born of the flesh; and are corrupters, or "corrupt" themselves, and their ways, and also others by their corrupt speech, evil communications, and bad examples: or "they consume away"; like smoke, or into it, as Psalm 37:20 or as wax melteth at the fire, Psalm 68:2, where the same word is used as here: or "they cause to consume away" (o); "they melt or dissolve others"; they consume them, and waste their estates by their oppression and violence; they make their hearts to melt with their threatening and terrifying words; or they make them dissolute in their lives by keeping them company:

and speak wickedly concerning oppression; they speak oppression and revolt, threaten with it, Isaiah 59:13, and speak in vindication of it, and in a boasting glorying manner; so Arama; which is speaking wickedly concerning it:

they speak loftily: proudly, arrogantly, in a haughty and imperious manner: or "from on high" (p); as if they were in heaven, and above all creatures, and even God himself; and as if what they said were oracles, and to be received as such, without any scruple and hesitation. Thus Pharaoh, Sennacherib, and Nebuchadnezzar spake, Exodus 5:2 and the little horn, or antichrist, Daniel 7:20.

(o) "dissolutos reddunt", Vatablus; "reddent se dissolutos", Montanus; "faciunt tabescere", Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis. (p) "a sublimi", Musculus, Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "ex alto", Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. They are corrupt—or, literally, "they deride," they speak maliciously and arrogantly and invade even heaven with blasphemy (Re 13:6), and cover earth with slanders (Job 21:7-14).

Psalm 73:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Surely God is Good to Israel
7Their eye bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot. 8They mock and wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high. 9They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth.…
Cross References
James 3:5
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

2 Peter 2:18
For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.

Jude 1:16
These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

Psalm 10:2
In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.

Psalm 10:7
His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.

Psalm 12:4
those who say, "By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us--who is lord over us?"

Psalm 17:10
They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.

Ezekiel 7:11
Violence has arisen, a rod to punish the wicked. None of the people will be left, none of that crowd-- none of their wealth, nothing of value.
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Psalm 12:4,5 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our …

Exodus 1:9,10 And he said to his people, Behold, the people of the children of …

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