Psalm 120:4
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New International Version
He will punish you with a warrior's sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush.

King James Bible
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Darby Bible Translation
Sharp arrows of a mighty one, with burning coals of broom-wood.

World English Bible
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Young's Literal Translation
Sharp arrows of a mighty one, with broom-coals.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Sharp arrows - The Chaldee has, "The strong, sharp arrows are like lightning from above, with coals of juniper kindled in hell beneath." On the juniper, see the note on Job 30:4, where this passage is explained. Fiery arrows, or arrows wrapped about with inflamed combustibles, were formerly used in sieges to set the places on fire. See my notes on Ephesians 6:16 (note).

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sharp, etc. or, it is as the sharp arrows of the mighty men, with coals of juniper.

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows...

Psalm 59:7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, does hear?

Proverbs 11:9,12,18 An hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered...

Proverbs 16:27 An ungodly man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

Proverbs 18:8,21 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly...

James 3:5-8 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles!...

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Psalm 7:13 He has also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordains his arrows against the persecutors.

Psalm 52:5 God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place...

Psalm 140:9,11 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them...

Deuteronomy 32:23,24 I will heap mischiefs on them; I will spend my arrows on them...

Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.

Proverbs 19:5,9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape...

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters...

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Epistle Lxxviii. To Barbara and Antonina .
To Barbara and Antonina [186] . Gregory to Barbara, &c. On receiving your epistles, I was in all manner of ways delighted to hear of your well being, and I entreat Almighty God that He would guard you by His protection from malignant spirits in thought, and from perverse men, and from all contrariety; and that He would, with the grace of His fear, settle you in unions worthy of you, and cause us all to rejoice in your settlement [187] . But do you, most sweet daughters, rest your hope on His help,
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

Of Love to God
I proceed to the second general branch of the text. The persons interested in this privilege. They are lovers of God. "All things work together for good, to them that love God." Despisers and haters of God have no lot or part in this privilege. It is children's bread, it belongs only to them that love God. Because love is the very heart and spirit of religion, I shall the more fully treat upon this; and for the further discussion of it, let us notice these five things concerning love to God. 1. The
Thomas Watson—A Divine Cordial

Cross References
Ephesians 6:16
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Psalm 45:5
Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king's enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet.

Psalm 127:4
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth.

Psalm 140:10
May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise.

Proverbs 25:18
Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.

Isaiah 5:28
Their arrows are sharp, all their bows are strung; their horses' hooves seem like flint, their chariot wheels like a whirlwind.

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