Psalm 140:3
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New International Version
They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's; the poison of vipers is on their lips.

King James Bible
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.

Darby Bible Translation
They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.

World English Bible
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent. Viper's poison is under their lips. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
They sharpened their tongue as a serpent, Poison of an adder is under their lips. Selah.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They have sharpened their tongues - They employ their time in forging lies and calumnies against me; and those of the most virulent nature.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

sharpened

Psalm 52:2,3 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully...

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?

Psalm 64:3,4 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words...

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Isaiah 59:3-5,13 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies...

Jeremiah 9:3,5 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth on the earth...

James 3:6-8 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body...

like a serpent

Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said to the woman, What is this that you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

Proverbs 23:32 At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder.

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety...

adders

Psalm 58:4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stops her ear;

Romans 3:13,14 Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips...

Library
Question 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.
(Admonition 15.) Differently to be admonished are the over-silent, and those who spend time in much speaking. For it ought to be insinuated to the over-silent that while they shun some vices unadvisedly, they are, without its being perceived, implicated in worse. For often from bridling the tongue overmuch they suffer from more grievous loquacity in the heart; so that thoughts seethe the more in the mind from being straitened by the violent guard of indiscreet silence. And for the most part they
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Cross References
Romans 3:13
"Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips."

James 3:8
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Psalm 10:7
His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.

Psalm 57:4
I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts-- men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.

Psalm 58:4
Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,

Psalm 64:3
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.

Lamentations 3:62
what my enemies whisper and mutter against me all day long.

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