Psalm 35:20
New International Version
They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations against those who live quietly in the land.

New Living Translation
They don’t talk of peace; they plot against innocent people who mind their own business.

English Standard Version
For they do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit.

Berean Study Bible
For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful schemes against those who live quietly in the land.

King James Bible
For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

New King James Version
For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful matters Against the quiet ones in the land.

New American Standard Bible
For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.

NASB 1995
For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.

NASB 1977
For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.

Amplified Bible
For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful words [half-truths and lies] against those who are quiet in the land.

Christian Standard Bible
For they do not speak in friendly ways, but contrive fraudulent schemes against those who live peacefully in the land.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For they do not speak in friendly ways, but contrive deceitful schemes against those who live peacefully in the land.

American Standard Version
For they speak not peace; But they devise deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they do not speak peace, and they conceive deceit against the meek of the Earth.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For to me they spoke peaceably, but imagined deceits in their anger.

Contemporary English Version
They say hurtful things, and they lie to people who want to live in peace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they spoke indeed peaceably to me; and speaking in the anger of the earth they devised guile.

English Revised Version
For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful words against them that are quiet in the land.

Good News Translation
They do not speak in a friendly way; instead they invent all kinds of lies about peace-loving people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They do not talk about peace. Instead, they scheme against the peaceful people in the land.

International Standard Version
For they do not speak peace; they devise clever lies against the peaceful people of the land.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For they speak not peace; But they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

Literal Standard Version
For they do not speak peace, And against the quiet of the land, They devise deceitful words,

NET Bible
For they do not try to make peace with others, but plan ways to deceive those who are unsuspecting.

New Heart English Bible
For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.

World English Bible
For they don't speak peace, but they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.

Young's Literal Translation
For they speak not peace, And against the quiet of the land, Deceitful words they devise,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Contend with My Opponents
19Let not my enemies gloat over me without cause, nor those who hate me without reason wink in malice. 20For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful schemes against those who live quietly in the land. 21They gape at me and say, “Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen!”…

Cross References
Psalm 38:12
Those who seek my life lay snares; those who wish me harm speak destruction, plotting deceit all day long.

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 120:6
Too long have I dwelt among those who hate peace.

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.

Micah 6:12
For the wealthy of the city are full of violence, and its residents speak lies; their tongues are deceitful in their mouths.


Treasury of Scripture

For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

For

Psalm 120:5-7
Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! …

but

Psalm 31:13
For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

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.

quiet

Matthew 12:19,24
He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets…

1 Peter 2:22,23
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: …









(20) Quiet in the land.--For the construction, comp. Isaiah 23:8 : "The honourable of the earth." They are evidently the pious Jews who wished to preserve their national life and religion against foreign influence and intervention, and certainly among them were Levites.

Verse 20. - For they speak not peace. Once more the language of complaint. David's enemies, though they have driven him from the court, and made him a fugitive and a wanderer, were not yet satisfied. They did not speak him peace. They continued to scheme against him. But they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land. David, if let alone, was willing enough to have remained "quiet in the land." He was a fugitive and an outlaw; but, could he have obtained a safe refuge - the cave of Adullam, or any other - would gladly have remained peacefully within it. But his enemies would not allow him to remain quiet. They stirred up the jealousy and hatred of Saul by false tales, and caused him to be "hunted upon the mountains" (1 Samuel 26:20).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

they do not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

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

peace,
שָׁל֗וֹם (šā·lō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7965: Safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity, peace

but devise
יַחֲשֹׁבֽוּן׃ (ya·ḥă·šō·ḇūn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's 2803: To think, account

deceitful
מִ֝רְמוֹת (mir·mō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4820: Deceit, treachery

schemes
דִּבְרֵ֥י (diḇ·rê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

against
וְעַ֥ל (wə·‘al)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

those who live quietly
רִגְעֵי־ (riḡ·‘ê-)
Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's 7282: Restful, peaceable

in the land.
אֶ֑רֶץ (’e·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land


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