New International Version
Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.
King James Bible
They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
Darby Bible Translation
They set their mouth in the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
World English Bible
They have set their mouth in the heavens. Their tongue walks through the earth.
Young's Literal Translation
They have set in the heavens their mouth, And their tongue walketh in the earth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Set their mouth against the heavens - They blaspheme God, ridicule religion, mock at Providence, and laugh at a future state.
Their tongue walketh through the earth - They find fault with every thing; they traduce the memory of the just in heaven, and ridicule the saints that are upon earth. They criticize every dispensation of God.
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It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.
those who say, "By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us--who is lord over us?"
Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence.
They do not turn to the Most High; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent words. For this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.
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