Psalm 12:8
New International Version
who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.

New Living Translation
even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.

English Standard Version
On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

Berean Study Bible
The wicked wander freely, and vileness is exalted among men.

New American Standard Bible
The wicked strut about on every side When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

King James Bible
The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Christian Standard Bible
The wicked prowl all around, and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.

Contemporary English Version
But all who are wicked will keep on strutting, while everyone praises their shameless deeds.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wicked wander everywhere, and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.

International Standard Version
The wicked, however, keep walking around, exalting the vileness of human beings.

NET Bible
for the wicked seem to be everywhere, when people promote evil.

New Heart English Bible
The wicked walk on every side, when what is vile is exalted among the sons of men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wicked go around and walk according to the contemptible pride of the sons of Edom.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wicked people parade around when immorality increases among Adam's descendants.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wicked walk on every side, When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

New American Standard 1977
The wicked strut about on every side, When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wicked press in on every side when the vilest men are exalted.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked prowl on every side, when vile men are exalted.

American King James Version
The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

American Standard Version
The wicked walk on every side, When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The ungodly walk around: according to thy greatness thou has greatly exalted the sons of men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked walk round about: according to thy highness, thou best multiplied the children of men.

Darby Bible Translation
The wicked walk about on every side, when vileness is exalted among the children of men.

English Revised Version
The wicked walk on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

World English Bible
The wicked walk on every side, when what is vile is exalted among the sons of men. For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

Young's Literal Translation
Around the wicked walk continually, According as vileness is exalted by sons of men!
Study Bible
The Godly are No More
7You, O LORD, will keep us; You will forever guard us from this generation. 8The wicked wander freely, and vileness is exalted among men.
Cross References
Psalm 55:10
Day and night they encircle the walls, while malice and trouble lie within.

Psalm 55:11
Destruction is in the midst; oppression and deceit never leave the streets.

Isaiah 32:5
No longer will a fool be called noble, nor a scoundrel said to be important.

Treasury of Scripture

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

wicked

Proverbs 29:12
If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

Hosea 5:11
Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment.

Micah 6:16
For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

when

Judges 9:18
And ye are risen up against my father's house this day, and have slain his sons, threescore and ten persons, upon one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your brother;)

1 Samuel 18:17,18
And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD'S battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him…

Esther 3:6
And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.

men.

Job 30:8
They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.

Daniel 11:21
And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.







Lexicon
The wicked
רְשָׁעִ֥ים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

wander
יִתְהַלָּכ֑וּן (yiṯ·hal·lā·ḵūn)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

freely,
סָבִ֗יב (sā·ḇîḇ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 5439: A circle, neighbour, environs, around

and vileness
זֻ֝לּ֗וּת (zul·lūṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2149: A shaking, a tempest

is exalted
כְּרֻ֥ם (kə·rum)
Preposition-k | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7311: To be high actively, to rise, raise

among
לִבְנֵ֥י (liḇ·nê)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

men.
אָדָֽם׃ (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being
(8) The wicked.--Gesenius translates this verse, "The wicked walk on every side like the rising of a tempest upon the sons of men." There seems no reason to question his rendering of the word zull�th (Authorised Version, "vilest"), which is peculiar to this passage; but by comparison with Psalm 39:6; Psalm 58:7, we may render the first clause, the wicked vanish on every side; and a slight change gives for the second clause, at the rising of a tempest on the sons of men.

Verse 8. - The wicked walk on every side. This can scarcely have been intended as an independent clause, though grammatically it stands alone. It is best to supply "while" or "though" before "the wicked," as Dr. Kay does, and to translate, Though (or, while) wicked men march to and fro on all sides; i.e. while they have their way, and control all other men's incomings and out-goings, being free themselves. When the vilest men are exalted; rather, and though villainy (זֻלּות) exalteth itself among the sons of men.



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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