Psalm 55:21
New International Version
His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.

New Living Translation
His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war. His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers!

English Standard Version
His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

Berean Study Bible
His speech is smooth as butter, but war is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, yet they are swords unsheathed.

New American Standard Bible
His speech was smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.

King James Bible
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

Christian Standard Bible
His buttery words are smooth, but war is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, but they are drawn swords.

Contemporary English Version
His words were smoother than butter, and softer than olive oil. But hatred filled his heart, and he was ready to attack with a sword.

Good News Translation
His words were smoother than cream, but there was hatred in his heart; his words were as soothing as oil, but they cut like sharp swords.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His buttery words are smooth, but war is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, but they are drawn swords.

International Standard Version
His mouth is as smooth as butter, while war is in his heart. His words were as smooth as olive oil, while his sword is drawn.

NET Bible
His words are as smooth as butter, but he harbors animosity in his heart. His words seem softer than oil, but they are really like sharp swords.

New Heart English Bible
His mouth was smooth as butter, but his heart was war. His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They were troubled by the passion of his Person and by the anger of his heart; his words were softer than oil and effective as spearheads.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His speech is smoother than butter, but there is war in his heart. His words are more soothing than oil, but they are like swords ready to attack.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Smoother than cream were the speeches of his mouth, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet were they keen-edged swords.

New American Standard 1977
His speech was smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

King James 2000 Bible
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

American King James Version
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

American Standard Version
His mouth was smooth as butter, But his heart was war: His words were softer than oil, Yet were they drawn swords.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They were scattered at the anger of his countenance, and his heart drew nigh them. His words were smoother than oil, yet are they darts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
they are divided by the wrath Of his countenance, and his heart hath drawn near. His words are smoother than oil, and the same are darts.

Darby Bible Translation
Smooth were the milky [words] of his mouth, but his heart was war; his words were softer than oil, yet are they drawn swords.

English Revised Version
His mouth was smooth as butter, but his heart was war: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

World English Bible
His mouth was smooth as butter, but his heart was war. His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

Young's Literal Translation
Sweeter than honey hath been his mouth, And his heart is war! Softer have been his words than oil, And they are drawn swords.
Study Bible
Cast Your Burden upon the LORD
20My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant. 21His speech is smooth as butter, but war is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, yet they are swords unsheathed. 22Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.…
Cross References
Psalm 12:2
They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and a double heart.

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 35:20
For they do not speak peace, but devise deceitful schemes against those who live quietly in the land.

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 62:4
They fully intend to topple him from his lofty perch; they delight in lies; with their mouths they bless, but inwardly they curse. Selah

Psalm 120:7
I am in favor of peace; but when I speak, they want war.

Proverbs 5:3
Though the lips of the forbidden woman drip honey and her speech is smoother than oil,

Proverbs 5:4
her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a double-edged sword.

Treasury of Scripture

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

The words

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 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 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.

war

John 13:2
And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;







Lexicon
His speech
פִּיו֮ (pîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

is smooth
חָלְק֤וּ ׀ (ḥā·lə·qū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2505: To be smooth, to apportion, separate

as butter,
מַחְמָאֹ֣ת (maḥ·mā·’ōṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4260: Something buttery, as, flattery

but war
וּֽקֲרָב־ (ū·qă·rāḇ-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7128: Hostile encounter

is in his heart.
לִ֫בּ֥וֹ (lib·bōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

His words
דְבָרָ֥יו (ḏə·ḇā·rāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

are softer
רַכּ֖וּ (rak·kū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7401: To be tender, weak or soft

than oil,
מִשֶּׁ֗מֶן (miš·še·men)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8081: Grease, liquid, richness

yet they are
וְהֵ֣מָּה (wə·hêm·māh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They

swords unsheathed.
פְתִחֽוֹת׃ (p̄ə·ṯi·ḥō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6609: Something opened, a drawn sword
(21) The words of his mouth.--The ancient versions and the grammatical anomalies point to a corruption of the text. Read, Smoother than butter is his face. The reading face for mouth is suggested by the LXX., though their version has wandered far from the text even thus amended.

Drawn swords.--The comparison of the tongue to a sword is frequent; that of the words themselves not so usual, but apt. We may compare Shakespeare's

"I will speak daggers to her, but use none."--Hamlet.

Verse 21. - The words of his mouth wore smoother than butter; literally, smooth were the butters of his mouth - i.e., his flattering utterances. But war was in his heart; literally, but his heart was war. His words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords; i.e. keen, cutting - according to our own idiom, "like daggers." 55:16-23 In every trial let us call upon the Lord, and he will save us. He shall hear us, and not blame us for coming too often; the oftener the more welcome. David had thought all were against him; but now he sees there were many with him, more than he supposed; and the glory of this he gives to God, for it is he that raises us up friends, and makes them faithful to us. There are more true Christians, and believers have more real friends, than in their gloomy hours they suppose. His enemies should be reckoned with, and brought down; they could not ease themselves of their fears, as David could, by faith in God. Mortal men, though ever so high and strong, will easily be crushed by an eternal God. Those who are not reclaimed by the rod of affliction, will certainly be brought down to the pit of destruction. The burden of afflictions is very heavy, especially when attended with the temptations of Satan; there is also the burden of sin and corruption. The only relief under it is, to look to Christ, who bore it. Whatever it is that thou desirest God should give thee, leave it to him to give it in his own way and time. Care is a burden, it makes the heart stoop. We must commit our ways and works to the Lord; let him do as seemeth him good, and let us be satisfied. To cast our burden upon God, is to rest upon his providence and promise. And if we do so, he will carry us in the arms of his power, as a nurse carries a child; and will strengthen our spirits by his Spirit, so that they shall sustain the trial. He will never suffer the righteous to be moved; to be so shaken by any troubles, as to quit their duty to God, or their comfort in him. He will not suffer them to be utterly cast down. He, who bore the burden of our sorrows, desires us to leave to him to bear the burden of our cares, that, as he knows what is best for us, he may provide it accordingly. Why do not we trust Christ to govern the world which he redeemed?
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