Psalm 73:9
New International Version
Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.

New Living Translation
They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth.

English Standard Version
They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.

Berean Study Bible
They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongues strut across the earth.

King James Bible
They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

New King James Version
They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth.

New American Standard Bible
They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth.

NASB 1995
They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth.

NASB 1977
They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth.

Amplified Bible
They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue swaggers through the earth.

Christian Standard Bible
They set their mouths against heaven, and their tongues strut across the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They set their mouths against heaven, and their tongues strut across the earth.

American Standard Version
They have set their mouth in the heavens, And their tongue walketh through the earth.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They have set their mouth against heaven, and their tongue has gone through upon the earth.

Contemporary English Version
They dare to speak against God and to order others around.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have set their mouth against heaven: and their tongue hath passed through the earth.

English Revised Version
They have set their mouth in the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

Good News Translation
They speak evil of God in heaven and give arrogant orders to everyone on earth,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They verbally attack heaven, and they order people around on earth.

International Standard Version
They choose to speak against heaven; while they talk about things on earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walketh through the earth.

Literal Standard Version
They have set their mouth in the heavens, "" And their tongue walks in the earth.

NET Bible
They speak as if they rule in heaven, and lay claim to the earth.

New Heart English Bible
They have set their mouth in the heavens. Their tongue walks through the earth.

World English Bible
They have set their mouth in the heavens. Their tongue walks through the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
They have set in the heavens their mouth, And their tongue walketh in the earth.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Endow the King with Your Justice
8They mock and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression. 9They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongues strut across the earth. 10So their people return to this place and drink up waters in abundance.…

Cross References
Revelation 13:6
And the beast opened its mouth to speak blasphemies against God and to slander His name and His tabernacle--those who dwell in heaven.

Psalm 12:4
They say, "With our tongues we will prevail. We own our lips--who can be our master?"

Isaiah 3:8
For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen because they spoke and acted against the LORD, defying His glorious presence.

Hosea 7:16
They turn, but not to the Most High; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword for the cursing of their tongue; for this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.


Treasury of Scripture

They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walks through the earth.

set

Exodus 5:2
And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.

2 Chronicles 32:15
Now therefore let not Hezekiah deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers: how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?

Job 21:14
Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

tongue

Psalm 52:4
Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

Luke 18:4
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

James 3:6
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.









(9) They set.--The last clause is repeated here under a figure more defined:

"They have set their mouth in [not against] the heavens,

While their tongue walketh through the earth."

an image very expressive of a towering pride, vaunting itself to the skies, and trumpeting its own praises through the world.

Verse 9. - They set their mouth against the heavens. So Hupfeld and Canon Cook, who understand the expression of blasphemy; but most modern critics translate, "They have set their mouth in the heavens," and regard the meaning as nearly allied to that of the second clause of the preceding verse, "They speak as though they were inhabitants of the heavens." And their tongue walketh through the earth. Their tongue is always busily employed - boasting (ver. 3), lying, backbiting.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
They set
שַׁתּ֣וּ (šat·tū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 8371: To place, array, reflex, to lie

their mouths
פִּיהֶ֑ם (pî·hem)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

against the heavens,
בַשָּׁמַ֣יִם (ḇaš·šā·ma·yim)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky

and their tongues
וּ֝לְשׁוֹנָ֗ם (ū·lə·šō·w·nām)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue

strut
תִּֽהֲלַ֥ךְ (ti·hă·laḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

across the earth.
בָּאָֽרֶץ׃ (bā·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land


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