Psalm 120:4
New International Version
He will punish you with a warrior's sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush.

New Living Translation
You will be pierced with sharp arrows and burned with glowing coals.

English Standard Version
A warrior’s sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree!

Berean Study Bible
Sharp arrows will come from the warrior, with burning coals of juniper!

New American Standard Bible
Sharp arrows of the warrior, With the burning coals of the broom tree.

King James Bible
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Christian Standard Bible
A warrior's sharp arrows with burning charcoal!

Contemporary English Version
Your reward should be sharp and flaming arrows!

Good News Translation
With a soldier's sharp arrows, with red-hot coals!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A warrior's sharp arrows with burning charcoal!

International Standard Version
Like a sharp arrow from a warrior, along with fiery coals from juniper trees!

NET Bible
Here's how! With the sharp arrows of warriors, with arrowheads forged over the hot coals.

New Heart English Bible
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The arrows of a mighty man are sharp, like burning coals of oak.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will give you a warrior's sharpened arrows and red-hot coals.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Sharp arrows of the mighty, With coals of broom.

New American Standard 1977
Sharp arrows of the warrior, With the burning coals of the broom tree.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

King James 2000 Bible
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

American King James Version
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

American Standard Version
Sharp arrows of the mighty, With coals of juniper.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Sharpened weapons of the mighty, with coals of the desert.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals that lay waste.

Darby Bible Translation
Sharp arrows of a mighty one, with burning coals of broom-wood.

English Revised Version
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Webster's Bible Translation
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

World English Bible
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Young's Literal Translation
Sharp arrows of a mighty one, with broom-coals.
Study Bible
In My Distress I Cried to the LORD
3What will He do to you, and what will be added to you, O deceitful tongue? 4Sharp arrows from the warrior, with burning coals of juniper! 5Woe to me that I dwell in Meshech, that I live among the tents of Kedar!…
Cross References
Ephesians 6:16
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Psalm 45:5
Your arrows pierce the hearts of the king's foes; the nations fall beneath your feet.

Psalm 127:4
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are children born in one's youth.

Psalm 140:10
May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into the miry pits, never to rise again.

Proverbs 25:18
Like a club or sword or sharp arrow is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.

Isaiah 5:28
Their arrows are sharpened, and all their bows are strung. The hooves of their horses are like flint; their chariot wheels are like a whirlwind.

Treasury of Scripture

Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

sharp, etc.

Psalm 57:4
My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

Psalm 59:7
Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?

Proverbs 11:9,12,18
An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered…

arrows

Psalm 7:13
He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

Psalm 52:5
God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

Psalm 140:9,11
As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them…







Lexicon
Sharp
שְׁנוּנִ֑ים (šə·nū·nîm)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8150: To point, to pierce, to inculcate

arrows
חִצֵּ֣י (ḥiṣ·ṣê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2671: A piercer, an arrow, a wound, thunderbolt, the shaft of a, spear

from the warrior,
גִבּ֣וֹר (ḡib·bō·wr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1368: Powerful, warrior, tyrant

with
עִ֝֗ם (‘im)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

burning coals
גַּחֲלֵ֥י (ga·ḥă·lê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1513: An ember

of juniper!
רְתָמִֽים׃ (rə·ṯā·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7574: Broom plant, retem
(4) Sharp.--Better, sharpened, whetted, as if for a purpose.

Juniper.--Properly, broom. Hebrew, rothem, a plant identical with the Arabian retem and Algerian retama. (See 1Kings 19:4-5.) Doctor Tristram mentions the employment of this bush for fuel. "It is ruthlessly uprooted by the Arabs, wherever it is tolerably abundant, for the manufacture of charcoal, which is considered of the finest quality, and fetches a higher price at Cairo than any other kind. Several travellers have mentioned their meeting with Bedouins employed in conveying retem charcoal to the Egyptian markets" (Nat. Hist. of the Bible, p. 360; see also Bible Educator, iv. 194). Burckhardt and Robinson also both noticed this trade.

Wonderful stories are told both by Jerome and the rabbis, how travellers, having cooked their food by fires made of the juniper wood, which they suppose to be the wood here meant, and returning a year after to the same spot, still found the embers alive.

Verse 4. - Sharp arrows of the mighty. The psalmist answers his own questions. Sharp-pointed arrows of a Mighty One shall be given thee, and added to them shall be coals of juniper. God, i.e., shall punish thee with extreme severity. 120:1-4 The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. They forged false charges against him. In this distress, he sought God by fervent prayer. God can bridle their tongues. He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer. Surely sinners durst not act as they do, if they knew, and would be persuaded to think, what will be in the end thereof. The terrors of the Lord are his arrows; and his wrath is compared to burning coals of juniper, which have a fierce heat, and keep fire very long. This is the portion of the false tongue; for all that love and make a lie, shall have their portion in the lake that burns eternally.
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