Psalm 140:9
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New International Version
Those who surround me proudly rear their heads; may the mischief of their lips engulf 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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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Further not his wicked device - He knew his enemies still desired his death, and were plotting to accomplish it; and here he prays that God may disappoint and confound them. The Chaldee understands this of Doeg.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

let the mischief

Psalm 7:16 His mischief shall return on his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own pate.

Psalm 64:8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall on themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

Psalm 94:23 And he shall bring on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yes...

Esther 5:14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends to him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high...

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.

Proverbs 10:6,11 Blessings are on the head of the just: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked...

Proverbs 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

Proverbs 18:7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

Matthew 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

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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
Psalm 7:16
The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.

Psalm 94:23
He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.

Proverbs 18:7
The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.

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