Psalm 12:2
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New International Version
Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.

New Living Translation
Neighbors lie to each other, speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.

English Standard Version
Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

Berean Study Bible
They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and a double heart.

New American Standard Bible
They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.

King James Bible
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

Christian Standard Bible
They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts.

Contemporary English Version
Everyone tells lies, and no one is sincere.

Good News Translation
All of them lie to one another; they deceive each other with flattery.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts.

International Standard Version
Everyone speaks lies to his neighbor; they speak with flattering lips and hidden motives.

NET Bible
People lie to one another; they flatter and deceive.

New Heart English Bible
Everyone lies to his neighbor. They speak with flattering lips, and with a double heart.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The children of men speak emptiness, and a man with his neighbor with duplicitous lips; they speak with a double heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All people speak foolishly. They speak with flattering lips. They say one thing but mean another.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They speak falsehood every one with his neighbour; With flattering lip, and with a double heart, do they speak.

New American Standard 1977
They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Each one speaks vanity with his neighbour: they speak with flattering lips and with a double heart.

King James 2000 Bible
They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

American King James Version
They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

American Standard Version
They speak falsehood every one with his neighbor: With flattering lip, and with a double heart, do they speak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have spoken vain things every one to his neighbour: with deceitful lips, and with a double heart have they spoken.

Darby Bible Translation
They speak falsehood every one with his neighbour: [with] flattering lip, with a double heart, do they speak.

English Revised Version
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lip, and with a double heart, do they speak.

Webster's Bible Translation
They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

World English Bible
Everyone lies to his neighbor. They speak with flattering lips, and with a double heart.

Young's Literal Translation
Vanity they speak each with his neighbour, Lip of flattery! With heart and heart they speak.
Study Bible
The Godly are No More
1For the choirmaster. According to Sheminith. A Psalm of David. Help, O LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men. 2They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and a double heart. 3May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things.…
Cross References
Romans 16:18
For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

1 Chronicles 12:33
From Zebulun: 50,000 fit for service, trained for battle with all kinds of weapons of war, who with one purpose were devoted to David.

Psalm 4:2
How long, O men, will my honor be maligned? How long will you love vanity and seek after lies? Selah

Psalm 10:7
His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and violence; trouble and malice are under his tongue.

Psalm 28:3
Do not drag me away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace to their neighbors while malice is in their hearts.

Psalm 36:3
The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and well-doing.

Psalm 41:6
My visitor speaks falsehood; he gathers slander in his heart; he goes out and spreads it abroad.

Psalm 55:21
His speech is smooth as butter, but war is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, yet they are swords unsheathed.

Psalm 144:8
whose mouths speak falsehood, whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:11
Set me free and rescue me from the grasp of foreigners, whose mouths speak falsehood, whose right hands are deceitful.

Proverbs 27:14
If one blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be counted to him as a curse.

Isaiah 58:9
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry out, and He will say, 'Here I am.' If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and malicious talk,

Jeremiah 9:4
"Let everyone guard against his neighbor; do not trust any brother, for every brother deals craftily, and every friend spreads slander.

Jeremiah 9:8
Their tongues are deadly arrows; they speak deception. With his mouth a man speaks peace to his neighbor, but in his heart he sets a trap for him.

Jeremiah 12:6
Even your brothers--your own father's household--even they have betrayed you; even they have cried aloud against you. Do not trust them, though they speak well of you.

Daniel 11:27
And the two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, will speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for still the end will come at the appointed time.

Treasury of Scripture

They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

They

Psalm 10:7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue …

Psalm 36:3,4 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to …

Psalm 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that …

Psalm 41:6 And if he come to see me, he speaks vanity: his heart gathers iniquity …

Psalm 52:1-4 Why boast you yourself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of …

Psalm 59:12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even …

Psalm 144:8,11 Whose mouth speaks vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood…

Jeremiah 9:2-6,8 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; …

flattering

Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is …

Psalm 28:3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, …

Psalm 62:4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight …

Proverbs 20:19 He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle …

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

Ezekiel 12:24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination …

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor …

a double heart. Heb. an heart and an heart

1 Chronicles 12:33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all …

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.







(2) Vanity.--So in Psalm 41:6 and Job 35:13. Literally, evil. "Falsehood" would be better. This verse may have been in St Paul's mind (Ephesians 4:25).

Flattering lips.--Literally, lips of smoothness, (Comp. Note, Psalm 5:9.)

With a double heart.--Literally, with a heart and a heart. (Comp. 1Chronicles 12:33.) "One for the Church, another for the Change; one for Sundays, another for working-days; one for the king, another for the Pope. A man without a heart is a wonder, but a man with two hearts is a monster."--Thos. Adams, A.D. 1614.

Verse 2. - They speak vanity every one with his neighbour; rather, they speak falsehood (Kay, Cheyne). Contrast the injunction of the apostle (Ephesians 4:25). With flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak; literally, with lips of smoothness, and with a heart and a heart do they speak. The Authorized Version gives the true meaning (comp. 1 Chronicles 12:33). They speak vanity everyone with his neighbour,.... That which is false and a lie, either doctrinal or practical; what was not according to the word of God, and was vain and empty, frothy, filthy, and corrupt; and which no godly and faithful man would do. And this being done in common, by the generality of men, one with another, shows the degeneracy of the age, and supports the complaint before made. They speak even

with flattering lips; as Cain did to Abel, Joab to Amasa, the Herodians to Christ, Judas to his Master, false teachers to those that are simple, hypocrites to God himself, when they draw nigh to him only with their lips, and all formal professors to the churches of Christ, when they profess themselves to be what they are not. And this is a further proof of the justness of the above complaint;

and with a double heart do they speak: or "with an heart and an heart" (d); such are double minded men, who say one thing, and mean another; their words are not to be depended upon; there is no faithfulness in them. The Chinese (e) reckon a man of "two hearts", as they call him, a very wicked man, and none more remote from honesty.

(d) "in corde & corde", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus. (e) Martin. Sinic. Hist. p. 144. a heart having , a double meaning, as Pittacus says, Laert. in Vit. Pittac. l. 1. p. 53. 2. The want of it is illustrated by the prevalence of deceit and instability.12:1-8 The psalmist begs help of God, because there were none among men whom he durst trust. - This psalm furnishes good thoughts for bad times; a man may comfort himself with such meditations and prayers. Let us see what makes the times bad, and when they may be said to be so. Ask the children of this world, What makes the times bad? they will tell you, Scarcity of money, decay of trade, and the desolations of war, make the times bad: but the Scripture lays the badness of the times on causes of another nature, 2Ti 3:1, c.: perilous times shall come, for sin shall abound; and of this David complains. When piety decays times really are bad. He who made man's mouth will call him to an account for his proud, profane, dissembling, or even useless words. When the poor and needy are oppressed, then the times are very bad. God himself takes notice of the oppression of the poor, and the sighing of the needy. When wickedness abounds, and is countenanced by those in authority, then the times are very bad. See with what good things we are here furnished for such bad times; and we cannot tell what times we may be reserved for. 1. We have a God to go to, from whom we may ask and expect the redress of all our grievances. 2. God will certainly punish and restrain false and proud men. 3. God will work deliverance for his oppressed people. His help is given in the fittest time. Though men are false, God is faithful; though they are not to be trusted, God is. The preciousness of God's word is compared to silver refined to the highest degree. How many proofs have been given of its power and truth! God will secure his chosen remnant, however bad the times are. As long as the world stands, there will be a generation of proud and wicked men. But all God's people are put into the hands of Christ our Saviour; there they are in safety, for none can pluck them thence; being built on Him, the Rock, they are safe, notwithstanding temptation or persecution come with ever so much force upon them.
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