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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They set their mouths in the sky and their tongue walks in the dirt.

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
They set their mouth against heaven, and their tongue walks through the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walks through the earth.

American King James Version
They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walks through 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.

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

Darby Bible Translation
They set their mouth in the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh 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.
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 His people return to this place and drink up waters in abundance.…
Cross References
Revelation 13:6
And the beast opened its mouth to blaspheme against God and 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.







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
(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. 73:1-14 The psalmist was strongly tempted to envy the prosperity of the wicked; a common temptation, which has tried the graces of many saints. But he lays down the great principle by which he resolved to abide. It is the goodness of God. This is a truth which cannot be shaken. Good thoughts of God will fortify against Satan's temptations. The faith even of strong believers may be sorely shaken, and ready to fail. There are storms that will try the firmest anchors. Foolish and wicked people have sometimes a great share of outward prosperity. They seem to have the least share of the troubles of this life; and they seem to have the greatest share of its comforts. They live without the fear of God, yet they prosper, and get on in the world. Wicked men often spend their lives without much sickness, and end them without great pain; while many godly persons scarcely know what health is, and die with great sufferings. Often the wicked are not frightened, either by the remembrance of their sins, or the prospect of their misery, but they die without terror. We cannot judge men's state beyond death, by what passes at their death. He looked abroad, and saw many of God's people greatly at a loss. Because the wicked are so very daring, therefore his people return hither; they know not what to say to it, and the rather, because they drink deep of the bitter cup of affliction. He spoke feelingly when he spoke of his own troubles; there is no disputing against sense, except by faith. From all this arose a strong temptation to cast off religion. But let us learn that the true course of sanctification consists in cleansing a man from all pollution both of soul and body. The heart is cleansed by the blood of Christ laid hold upon by faith; and by the begun works of the Lord's Spirit, manifested in the hearty resolution, purpose, and study of holiness, and a blameless course of life and actions, the hands are cleansed. It is not in vain to serve God and keep his ordinances.
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