New International Version
I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
King James Bible
I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.
Darby Bible Translation
I [am for] peace; but when I speak, *they* [are] for war.
World English Bible
I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war. A Song of Ascents.
Young's Literal Translation
I am peace, and when I speak they are for war!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I am for peace - We love to be quiet and peaceable; but they are continually engaged in excursions of rapine and plunder. It is evident that the psalmist refers to a people like the Scenitae or wandering Arabs, who live constantly in tents, and subsist by robbery; plundering and carrying away all that they can seize. The poor captives wished them to cultivate the arts of peace, and live quietly; but they would hear of nothing but their old manner of life.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
for peace. or, a man of peace
LibraryEpistle Lxxviii. To Barbara and Antonina .
To Barbara and Antonina  . 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  . 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
My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant.
His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.
In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.
Lately my people have risen up like an enemy. You strip off the rich robe from those who pass by without a care, like men returning from battle.
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