Psalm 64:3
New International Version
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.

New Living Translation
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows.

English Standard Version
who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows,

Berean Study Bible
who sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows,

King James Bible
Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

New King James Version
Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words,

New American Standard Bible
Who have sharpened their tongues like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrows,

NASB 1995
Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow,

NASB 1977
Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow,

Amplified Bible
Who have sharpened their tongues like a sword. They aim venomous words as arrows,

Christian Standard Bible
who sharpen their tongues like swords and aim bitter words like arrows,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who sharpen their tongues like swords and aim bitter words like arrows,

American Standard Version
Who have whet their tongue like a sword, And have aimed their arrows, even bitter words,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They sharpened their tongue like a sword, and their words like an arrow

Brenton Septuagint Translation
who have sharpened their tongues as a sword; they have bent their bow maliciously;

Contemporary English Version
Their words cut like swords, and their cruel remarks sting like sharp arrows.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they have whetted their tongues like a sword; they have bent their bow a bitter thing,

English Revised Version
Who have whet their tongue like a sword, and have aimed their arrows, even bitter words:

Good News Translation
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like arrows.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They sharpen their tongues like swords. They aim bitter words like arrows

International Standard Version
who sharpen their tongues like swords, and aim their bitter words like arrows,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who have whet their tongue like a sword, And have aimed their arrow, a poisoned word;

Literal Standard Version
Who sharpened their tongue as a sword, "" They directed their arrow—a bitter word.

NET Bible
They sharpen their tongues like a sword; they aim their arrow, a slanderous charge,

New Heart English Bible
who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and aim their arrows, deadly words,

World English Bible
who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and aim their arrows, deadly words,

Young's Literal Translation
Who sharpened as a sword their tongue, They directed their arrow -- a bitter word.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Hurtful Tongue
2Hide me from the scheming of the wicked, from the mob of workers of iniquity, 3who sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows, 4ambushing the innocent in seclusion, shooting suddenly, without fear.…

Cross References
Psalm 11:2
For behold, the wicked bend their bows. They set their arrow on the string to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.

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

Psalm 58:7
May they vanish like water that runs off; when they draw the bow, may their arrows be blunted.

Psalm 140:3
They sharpen their tongues like snakes; the venom of vipers is on their lips. Selah

Jeremiah 9:3
"They bend their tongues like bows; lies prevail over truth in the land. For they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not take Me into account," declares the LORD.


Treasury of Scripture

Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

whet

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.

Proverbs 12:18
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 30:14
There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

bend

Psalm 11:2
For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

Psalm 58:7
Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.









(3) For the figure in this and the following verse, see Psalm 10:7; Psalm 11:2; Psalm 52:2; Psalm 57:4; Psalm 59:7.

"'Tis slander.

Whose edge is sharper than the sword."

SHAKESPEARE.

For the ellipse in "they bend (literally, tread) their arrows," see Psalm 58:7.

Verse 3. - Who whet their tongue like a sword (comp. Psalm 55:21; Psalm 57:4; Psalm 59:7). And bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words (comp. Psalm 11:2; Psalm 57:4). Calumny was what David especially feared, and what actually brought about his downfall (see 2 Samuel 15:2-6). The "bitterness" of his enemies is further emphasized by the speeches and curses of Shimei (2 Samuel 16:5-13).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
who
אֲשֶׁ֤ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

sharpen
שָׁנְנ֣וּ (šā·nə·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 8150: To point, to pierce, to inculcate

their tongues
לְשׁוֹנָ֑ם (lə·šō·w·nām)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3956: The tongue

like swords
כַחֶ֣רֶב (ḵa·ḥe·reḇ)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

and aim
דָּרְכ֥וּ (dā·rə·ḵū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1869: To tread, to walk, to string a, bow

their bitter
מָֽר׃ (mār)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 4751: Bitter, bitterness, bitterly

words
דָּבָ֥ר (dā·ḇār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

like arrows,
חִ֝צָּ֗ם (ḥiṣ·ṣām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 2671: A piercer, an arrow, a wound, thunderbolt, the shaft of a, spear


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