New American Standard Bible
For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain.
King James Bible
For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
Darby Bible Translation
For they speak of thee wickedly, they take thy name in vain, thine enemies.
World English Bible
For they speak against you wickedly. Your enemies take your name in vain.
Young's Literal Translation
Who exchange Thee for wickedness, Lifted up to vanity are Thine enemies.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For they speak against thee wickedly - This is one form or manifestation of their character as wicked people, that they speak maliciously against God. The psalmist, therefore, desired to have nothing to do with them. It is always a sufficient reason for avoiding the society, the friendship, and the fellowship of others, when they profane, blaspheme, or calumniate the name of God. From such men we should at once withdraw. Piety shrinks from the society of such men, whatever may be their rank, or their social qualities, and turns away in pain, in sorrow, in abhorrence. See the notes at Psalm 26:9.
And thine enemies take thy name in vain - It is proof that they are thine enemies that they take thy name in vain, or that they are profane men; it is a sufficient reason for desiring to be separated from them.
LibrarySeptember the Eighteenth the All-Round Defence
"Thou hast beset me behind." --PSALM cxxxix. 1-12. And that is a defence against the enemies which would attack me in the rear. There is yesterday's sin, and the guilt which is the companion of yesterday's sin. They pursue my soul like fierce hounds, but my gracious Lord will come between my pursuers and me. His mighty grace intervenes, and my security is complete. "Thou hast beset me ... before." And that is a defence against the enemies which would impede my advance and frighten me out of …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
God Omnipresent and Omniscient --Ps. cxxxix.
The Love of Christ.
The Kingdom Undivided
to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."
"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
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