Psalm 12:2
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.

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

New King James Version
They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

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

NASB 1995
They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.

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

Amplified Bible
They speak deceitful and worthless words to one another; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

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

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

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

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Every one has spoken vanity to his neighbour: their lips are deceitful, they have spoken with a double heart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
They each speak vanity with his neighbor, Lip of flattery! With heart and heart they speak.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 every boastful tongue.…

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.


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 is mischief and vanity.

Psalm 36:3,4
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good…

Psalm 38:12
They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

flattering

Psalm 5:9
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.

Psalm 28:3
Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.

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. Selah.

a double heart.

1 Chronicles 12:33
Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.

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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They lie
שָׁ֤וְא ׀ (šāw)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7723: Evil, idolatry, uselessness

to
אֶת־ (’eṯ-)
Preposition
Strong's 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

one
אִ֤ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

another;
רֵ֫עֵ֥הוּ (rê·‘ê·hū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7453: Friend, companion, fellow

they speak
יְדַבֵּֽרוּ׃ (yə·ḏab·bê·rū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

with flattering
חֲלָק֑וֹת (ḥă·lā·qō·wṯ)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 2513: Smoothness, flattery, an allotment

lips
שְׂפַ֥ת (śə·p̄aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 8193: The lip, language, a margin

and a double
בְּלֵ֖ב (bə·lêḇ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

heart.
וָלֵ֣ב (wā·lêḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre


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