New American Standard Bible
"As for the head of those who surround me, May the mischief of their lips cover them.
King James Bible
As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
Darby Bible Translation
As for the head of those that encompass me, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
World English Bible
As for the head of those who surround me, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
Young's Literal Translation
The chief of my surrounders, The perverseness of their lips covereth them.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
As for the head of those that compass me about - Luther renders this, "The calamity which my enemies design against me must fall upon their own heads." The passage stands in contrast with Psalm 140:7 : "Thou hast covered my head," etc. As for his own head, it had been protected in the day of battle. In reference now to the heads of his enemies - of those that compassed him about - he prays that what they had designed for "his" head might come by a just retribution on their own. The phrase "compass me about" refers to his enemies as being numerous, and as surrounding him on every side. See Psalm 40:12; Psalm 88:17; Psalm 109:3; Psalm 118:10-12.
Let the mischief of their own lips cover them - Come upon them. The mischief which they have designed against me; that which they have conspired to bring on me. The reference is to a combination against him, or to some agreement which they had made to destroy him.
LibraryEpistle xviii. To John, Bishop.
To John, Bishop. Gregory to John, Bishop of Constantinople  . At the time when your Fraternity was advanced to Sacerdotal dignity, you remember what peace and concord of the churches you found. But, with what daring or with what swelling of pride I know not, you have attempted to seize upon a new name, whereby the hearts of all your brethren might have come to take offence. I wonder exceedingly at this, since I remember how thou wouldest fain have fled from the episcopal office rather than …
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great
Covenanting a Privilege of Believers.
His mischief will return upon his own head, And his violence will descend upon his own pate.
He has brought back their wickedness upon them And will destroy them in their evil; The LORD our God will destroy them.
A fool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
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