New International Version
May slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down the violent.
King James Bible
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
Darby Bible Translation
Let not the man of [evil] tongue be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the man of violence to [his] ruin.
World English Bible
An evil speaker won't be established in the earth. Evil will hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
Young's Literal Translation
A talkative man is not established in the earth, One of violence -- evil hunteth to overflowing.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let not an evil speaker be established - איש לשון ish lashon, "a man of tongue." There is much force in the rendering of this clause in the Chaldee גבר דמשתעי לישן תליתי gebar demishtai lishan telithai, "The man of detraction, or inflammation, with the three-forked tongue." He whose tongue is set on fire from hell; the tale-bearer, slanderer, and dealer in scandal: with the three-forked tongue; wounding three at once: his neiphbour whom he slanders; the person who receives the slander; and himself who deals in it. What a just description of a character which God, angels, and good men must detest! Let not such a one be established in the land; let him be unmasked; let no person trust him; and let all join together to hoot him out of society. "He shall be hunted by the angel of death, and thrust into hell." - Chaldee.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
let not. etc., or, let not an evil speaker a wicked man of violence be established in the earth; let him be hunted to his overthrow.
an evil speaker. Heb. a man of tongue
LibraryQuestion Lxxxiii of Prayer
I. Is Prayer an Act of the Appetitive Powers? Cardinal Cajetan, On Prayer based on Friendship II. Is it Fitting to Pray? Cardinal Cajetan, On Prayer as a True Cause S. Augustine, On the Sermon on the Mount, II. iii. 14 " On the Gift of Perseverance, vii. 15 III. Is Prayer an Act of the Virtue of Religion? Cardinal Cajetan, On the Humility of Prayer S. Augustine, On Psalm cii. 10 " Of the Gift of Perseverance, xvi. 39 IV. Ought We to Pray to God Alone? S. Augustine, Sermon, cxxvii. 2 V. …
St. Thomas Aquinas—On Prayer and The Contemplative Life
How the Silent and the Talkative are to be Admonished.
The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.
Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out.
Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.
For the director of music. A psalm of David. Rescue me, LORD, from evildoers; protect me from the violent,
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