There is nothing reliable in what they say;
Their inward part is destruction itself.
Their throat is an open grave;
They flatter with their tongue.
“Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position;
They delight in falsehood;
They bless with their mouth,
But inwardly they curse. Selah.
Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.
Woe to you! For you are like concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.”
“Let me now be partial to no one,
Nor flatter any man.
They speak falsehood to one another;
With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord.
Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart;
There is no fear of God before his eyes.
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
No, in heart you work unrighteousness;
On earth you weigh out the violence of your hands.
Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie;
In the balances they go up;
They are together lighter than breath.
They devise injustices, saying,
“We are ready with a well-conceived plot”;
For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep.
Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart,
In the company of the upright and in the assembly.
A man who flatters his neighbor
Is spreading a net for his steps.
Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem,
That you may be saved.
How long will your wicked thoughts
Lodge within you?
“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.
“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?
“For the rich men of the city are full of violence,
Her residents speak lies,
And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,
But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness.
being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—