Parallel Verses

World English Bible

They bend their tongue, [as it were] their bow, for falsehood; and they are grown strong in the land, but not for truth: for they proceed from evil to evil, and they don't know me, says Yahweh.

New American Standard Bible

“They bend their tongue like their bow;
Lies and not truth prevail in the land;
For they proceed from evil to evil,
And they do not know Me,” declares the Lord.

King James Version

And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.

Holman Bible

They bent their tongues like their bows;
lies and not faithfulness prevail in the land,
for they proceed from one evil to another,
and they do not take Me into account.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

International Standard Version

They use their tongues like a bow. Lies rather than truth fly throughout the land. They progress from one evil to another, and they don't know me," declares the LORD.

A Conservative Version

And they bend their tongue--their bow--for falsehood, and they have grown strong in the land, but not for truth. For they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me, says LORD.

American Standard Version

And they bend their tongue, as it were their bow, for falsehood; and they are grown strong in the land, but not for truth: for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith Jehovah.

Amplified


“They bend their tongue like their bow;
[Their] lies and not truth prevail and grow strong in the land;
For they proceed from evil to evil,
And they do not know and understand and acknowledge Me,” says the Lord.

Bible in Basic English

Their tongues are bent like a bow to send out false words: they have become strong in the land, but not for good faith: they go on from evil to evil, and they have no knowledge of me, says the Lord.

Darby Translation

And they bend their tongue, their bow of falsehood, and not for fidelity are they valiant in the land; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith Jehovah.

Julia Smith Translation

And they will bend their tongue, their bow, a lie: and they were not strong for faithfulness upon the land; for from evil to evil they went forth, and they knew me not, says Jehovah.

King James 2000

And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, says the LORD.

Lexham Expanded Bible

And they bend their tongue [like] their bow, [for] falsehood and not truth is superior in the land, for they go forth from evil to evil, and they do not know me," {declares} Yahweh.

Modern King James verseion

And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies. But they are not mighty for the truth on the earth; for they go from evil to evil, and they do not know Me, says Jehovah.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

They bend their tongues like bows, to shoot out lies: As for the truth, they may nothing away with all in the world. For they go from one wickedness to another, and hold nothing of me, sayeth the LORD.

NET Bible

The Lord says, "These people are like soldiers who have readied their bows. Their tongues are always ready to shoot out lies. They have become powerful in the land, but they have not done so by honest means. Indeed, they do one evil thing after another and do not pay attention to me.

New Heart English Bible

"They bend their tongue, as their bow, for falsehood; and they are grown strong in the land, but not for truth: for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me," says the LORD.

The Emphasized Bible

Who have prepared e their tongue as their bow of falsehood, And, not by faithfulness, have they become mighty in the land, - For from wickedness unto wickedness, have they gone forth, But me, have they not known, Declareth Yahweh.

Webster

And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.

Youngs Literal Translation

And they bend their tongue, their bow is a lie, And not for stedfastness have they been mighty in the land, For from evil unto evil they have gone forth, And Me they have not known, An affirmation of Jehovah!

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
דּרך 
Darak 
Usage: 63

לשׁנה לשׁן לשׁון 
Lashown 
Usage: 116

קשׁת 
Qesheth 
Usage: 75

שׁקר 
Sheqer 
Usage: 113

but they are not valiant
גּבר 
Gabar 
Usage: 25

for the truth
אמנה אמוּנה 
'emuwnah 
Usage: 49

upon the earth
ארץ 
'erets 
Usage: 2504

יצא 
Yatsa' 
....out, ....forth, bring, come, proceed, go, depart,
Usage: 1068

not me, saith
נאם 
N@'um 
Usage: 376

References

Easton

Bow

Context Readings

Judah's Failures

2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they are all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men. 3 They bend their tongue, [as it were] their bow, for falsehood; and they are grown strong in the land, but not for truth: for they proceed from evil to evil, and they don't know me, says Yahweh. 4 Take heed everyone of his neighbor, and don't trust in any brother; for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will go about with slanders.



Cross References

Judges 2:10

Also all that generation were gathered to their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, who didn't know Yahweh, nor yet the work which he had worked for Israel.

Jeremiah 4:22

"For my people are foolish, they don't know me. They are foolish children, and they have no understanding. They are skillful in doing evil, but to do good they have no knowledge."

1 Samuel 2:12

Now the sons of Eli were base men; they didn't know Yahweh.

Jeremiah 9:8

Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceit: one speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in his heart he lays wait for him.

Psalm 52:2-4

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

Psalm 64:3-4

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

Psalm 120:2-4

Deliver my soul, Yahweh, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.

Isaiah 59:3-5

For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness.

Isaiah 59:13-15

transgressing and denying Yahweh, and turning away from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

Jeremiah 7:26

yet they didn't listen to me, nor inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff: they did worse than their fathers.

Jeremiah 9:5

They will deceive everyone his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves to commit iniquity.

Jeremiah 22:16

He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Wasn't this to know me? says Yahweh.

Jeremiah 31:34

and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know Yahweh; for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says Yahweh: for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.

Hosea 4:1-3

Hear the word of Yahweh, you children of Israel; for Yahweh has a charge against the inhabitants of the land: "Indeed there is no truth, nor goodness, nor knowledge of God in the land.

Micah 7:3-5

Their hands are on that which is evil to do it diligently. The ruler and judge ask for a bribe; and the powerful man dictates the evil desire of his soul. Thus they conspire together.

Matthew 10:31-33

Therefore don't be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows.

Mark 8:38

For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

John 8:54-55

Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is our God.

John 17:3

This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes; for the Jew first, and also for the Greek.

Romans 1:28

Even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

Romans 3:13

"Their throat is an open tomb. With their tongues they have used deceit." "The poison of vipers is under their lips;"

2 Corinthians 4:4-6

in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the Good News of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn on them.

Philippians 1:28

and in nothing frightened by the adversaries, which is for them a proof of destruction, but to you of salvation, and that from God.

2 Timothy 3:13

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Jude 1:3

Beloved, while I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I was constrained to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

Revelation 12:11

They overcame him because of the Lamb's blood, and because of the word of their testimony. They didn't love their life, even to death.

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