Psalm 5:9
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New International Version
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.

King James Bible
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

Darby Bible Translation
For there is no certainty in their mouth; their inward part is perversion, their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

World English Bible
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth. Their heart is destruction. Their throat is an open tomb. They flatter with their tongue.

Young's Literal Translation
For there is no stability in their mouth. Their heart is mischiefs, An open grave is their throat, Their tongue they make smooth.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

No faithfulness in their mouth - They make professions of friendship; but all is hollow and deceitful: "They flatter with their tongue."

Very wickedness - Their heart is full of all kinds of depravity.

Their throat is an open sepulcher - It is continually gaping for the dead; and sends forth effluvia destructive to the living. I fear that this is too true a picture of the whole human race, totally corrupt within, and abominable without. The heart is the center and spring of this corruption; and the words and actions of men, which proceed from this source, will send out incessant streams of various impurity; and thus they continue till the grace of God changes and purifies the heart.

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Psalm 36:1-4 The transgression of the wicked said within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes...

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

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

Psalm 62:4,9 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly...

Psalm 111:1-3 Praise you the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation...

Jeremiah 9:3-6 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth on the earth...

Micah 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies...

Romans 1:29-31 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder...

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

faithfulness. or, stedfastness
their mouth. Heb. his mouth, that is, the mouth of any of them
inward

Psalm 51:6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part you shall make me to know wisdom.

Psalm 58:2 Yes, in heart you work wickedness; you weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

Psalm 62:4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly...

Psalm 64:6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your vain thoughts lodge within you?

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Mark 7:21,22 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders...

Luke 11:39 And the Lord said to him, Now do you Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter...

very wickedness. Heb. wickedness
throat

Luke 11:44 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are as graves which appear not...

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

they

Psalm 12:2,3 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak...

Job 32:21,22 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles to man...

Proverbs 29:5 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

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A Staircase of Three Steps
'All those that put their trust in Thee ... them also that love Thy name ... the righteous.'--PSALM v. 11, 12. I have ventured to isolate these three clauses from their context, because, if taken in their sequence, they are very significant of the true path by which men draw nigh to God and become righteous. They are all three designations of the same people, but regarded under different aspects and at different stages. There is a distinct order in them, and whether the Psalmist was fully conscious
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Moreover what is Written "Thou Wilt Destroy all that Speak Leasing...
35. Moreover what is written "Thou wilt destroy all that speak leasing:" [2360] one saith that no lie is here excepted, but all condemned. Another saith: Yea verily: but they who speak leasing from the heart, as we disputed above; for that man speaketh truth in his heart, who hateth the necessity of lying, which he understands as a penalty of the moral life. Another saith: All indeed will God destroy who speak leasing, but not all leasing: for there is some leasing which the Prophet was at that time
St. Augustine—On Lying

Covenanting a Duty.
The exercise of Covenanting with God is enjoined by Him as the Supreme Moral Governor of all. That his Covenant should be acceded to, by men in every age and condition, is ordained as a law, sanctioned by his high authority,--recorded in his law of perpetual moral obligation on men, as a statute decreed by him, and in virtue of his underived sovereignty, promulgated by his command. "He hath commanded his covenant for ever."[171] The exercise is inculcated according to the will of God, as King and
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

Covenant Duties.
It is here proposed to show, that every incumbent duty ought, in suitable circumstances, to be engaged to in the exercise of Covenanting. The law and covenant of God are co-extensive; and what is enjoined in the one is confirmed in the other. The proposals of that Covenant include its promises and its duties. The former are made and fulfilled by its glorious Originator; the latter are enjoined and obligatory on man. The duties of that Covenant are God's law; and the demands of the law are all made
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

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

Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,

Psalm 7:14
Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.

Psalm 52:2
You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor.

Psalm 52:3
You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth.

Psalm 55:11
Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.

Proverbs 29:5
Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.

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