Psalm 52:2
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New International Version
You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor.

New Living Translation
All day long you plot destruction. Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor; you're an expert at telling lies.

English Standard Version
Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.

Berean Study Bible
Your tongue devises destruction like a sharpened razor, O worker of deceit.

New American Standard Bible
Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.

King James Bible
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp rasor, working deceitfully.

Christian Standard Bible
Like a sharpened razor, your tongue devises destruction, working treachery.

Contemporary English Version
You plan brutal crimes, and your lying words cut like a sharp razor.

Good News Translation
You make plans to ruin others; your tongue is like a sharp razor. You are always inventing lies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Like a sharpened razor, your tongue devises destruction, working treachery.

International Standard Version
Your tongue, like a sharp razor, devises wicked things and crafts treachery.

NET Bible
Your tongue carries out your destructive plans; it is as effective as a sharp razor, O deceiver.

New Heart English Bible
Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Your tongue conceives evil and, like a sharpened razor, you have worked deceit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your tongue makes up threats. It's like a sharp razor, you master of deceit.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy tongue deviseth destruction; Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

New American Standard 1977
Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy tongue devises wickedness like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

King James 2000 Bible
Your tongue devises evil; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

American King James Version
The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

American Standard Version
Thy tongue deviseth very wickedness, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All the day long thy tongue hath devised injustice: as a sharp razor, thou hast wrought deceit.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy tongue deviseth mischievous things, like a sharp razor, practising deceit.

English Revised Version
Thy tongue deviseth very wickedness; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

World English Bible
Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Young's Literal Translation
Mischiefs doth thy tongue devise, Like a sharp razor, working deceit.
Study Bible
Why Do You Boast of Evil?
1For the choirmaster. A Maskil of David. After Doeg the Edomite went to Saul and told him, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.” Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The loving devotion of God endures all day long. 2Your tongue devises destruction like a sharpened razor, O worker of deceit. 3You love evil more than good, falsehood more than speaking the truth. Selah…
Cross References
Nehemiah 6:8
Then I sent him this reply: "There is nothing to these rumors you are spreading; you are inventing them in your own mind."

Psalm 5:9
For not a word they speak can be trusted; destruction is within them. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice flattery.

Psalm 50:19
You unleash your mouth for evil and unharness your tongue for deceit.

Psalm 57:4
My soul is among the lions; I lie down with ravenous beasts whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.

Psalm 59:7
See what they spew from their mouths--sharp words from their lips: "For who can hear us?"

Psalm 101:7
No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who tells lies shall stand in my presence.

Psalm 140:2
who devise evil in their hearts and stir up war all day long.

Jeremiah 18:18
Then some said, "Come, let us make plans against Jeremiah, for the law will never be lost to the priest, or counsel to the wise, or an oracle to the prophet. Come, let us denounce him and pay no heed to any of his words."

Jeremiah 37:14
"That is a lie," Jeremiah replied. "I am not deserting to the Chaldeans!" But Irijah would not listen to him; instead, he arrested Jeremiah and took him to the officials.

Ezekiel 11:2
And the LORD said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who plot evil and give wicked counsel in this city.

Treasury of Scripture

The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Thy

Psalm 50:19 You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit.

Psalm 64:2-6 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection …

Psalm 140:2,3 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered …

Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things does the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination to him…

Proverbs 30:14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth …

Jeremiah 9:3,4 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are …

Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; …

Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false …

Acts 6:11-13 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous …

Acts 24:1,5 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, …

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, …

like

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on …

Psalm 59:7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: …

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue …

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love …

working

Psalm 109:2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened …

Psalm 120:2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …







(2) Working deceitfully.--Better, working guile. (For the metaphor, see Psalm 55:21; Psalm 57:4, &c)

Verse 2. - Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; or, malignities - evils of the worst kind. It was Doeg's "tongue" that brought about the entire ghastly massacre (see 1 Samuel 22:9, 10). Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Doeg had "worked deceitfully," since he had not told Saul the circumstances that made Ahimelech's giving aid to David no disloyalty to the king (1 Samuel 21:2, 8). The suppressio veri is a suggestio falsi. Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs,.... Abundance of mischiefs, in a variety of ways, against many persons, even all good men. What properly belongs to the heart is here ascribed to the tongue; because, as Aben Ezra observes, it is the interpreter and discoverer of the thoughts of the heart: out of the abundance of that the tongue speaks and declares the mischief it has devised. Doeg intended mischief to David, when he spoke to Saul, 1 Samuel 22:9; so antichrist devises mischiefs against the saints of the most High, to wear them out, and thinks to change times and laws, Daniel 7:25;

like a sharp razor, working deceitfully; that is, his tongue was like a razor; the razor is but a small instrument, and the tongue is but a little member: the razor is a sharp and cutting one, and so is the tongue; and therefore compared to a sharp sword, Psalm 57:4; see Jeremiah 18:18; the razor takes off the beard cleanly and wholly; Doeg's tongue was the cause of the utter ruin of Ahimelech's family and the city of Nob; and as a razor may be said to "work deceitfully", when it turns aside in the hand of him that useth it, and with the hair takes off more than it should, even skin and flesh, or cuts the man's throat; so in a deceitful and insidious manner did Doeg work the destruction of Ahimelech and the priests of the Lord. 2. tongue—for self.

mischiefs—evil to others (Ps 5:9; 38:12).

working deceitfully—(Ps 10:7), as a keen, smoothly moving razor, cutting quietly, but deeply.52:1-5 Those that glory in sin, glory in their shame. The patience and forbearance of God are abused by sinners, to the hardening of their hearts in their wicked ways. But the enemies in vain boast in their mischief, while we have God's mercy to trust in. It will not save us from the guilt of lying, to be able to say, there was some truth in what we said, if we make it appear otherwise than it was. The more there is of craft and contrivance in any wickedness, the more there is of Satan in it. When good men die, they are transplanted from the land of the living on earth, to heaven, the garden of the Lord, where they shall take root for ever; but when wicked men die, they are rooted out, to perish for ever. The believer sees that God will destroy those who make not him their strength.
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