Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.

King James Version

Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp rasor, working deceitfully.

Holman Bible

Like a sharpened razor,
your tongue devises destruction,
working treachery.

International Standard Version

Your tongue, like a sharp razor, devises wicked things and crafts treachery.

A Conservative Version

Thy tongue devises wickedness, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

American Standard Version

Thy tongue deviseth very wickedness, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.


Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Bible in Basic English

Purposing destruction, using deceit; your tongue is like a sharp blade.

Darby Translation

Thy tongue deviseth mischievous things, like a sharp razor, practising deceit.

Julia Smith Translation

Thy tongue will purpose mischief as a razor being sharpened, working deceit.

King James 2000

Your tongue devises evil; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Your tongue plans destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceit.

Modern King James verseion

Your tongue devises evil, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Thy tongue imagineth wickedness, and with lies it cutteth like a sharp razor.

NET Bible

Your tongue carries out your destructive plans; it is as effective as a sharp razor, O deceiver.

New Heart English Bible

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

The Emphasized Bible

Engulfing ruin, doth thy tongue devise, Like a whetted razor, working deceit;


Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

World English Bible

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

Youngs Literal Translation

Mischiefs doth thy tongue devise, Like a sharp razor, working deceit.



Context Readings

God Judges The Proud

1 For the choir director. A Maskil of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul and said to him, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”
Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.
2 Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.
3 You love evil more than good,
Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.

Cross References

Psalm 57:4

My soul is among lions;
I must lie among those who breathe forth fire,
Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows
And their tongue a sharp sword.

Psalm 50:19

“You let your mouth loose in evil
And your tongue frames deceit.

Psalm 59:7

Behold, they belch forth with their mouth;
Swords are in their lips,
For, they say, “Who hears?”

Psalm 64:2-6

Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers,
From the tumult of those who do iniquity,

Psalm 109:2

For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me;
They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

Psalm 120:2

Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips,
From a deceitful tongue.

Psalm 140:2-3

Who devise evil things in their hearts;
They continually stir up wars.

Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:

Proverbs 12:18

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 30:14

There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords
And his jaw teeth like knives,
To devour the afflicted from the earth
And the needy from among men.

Jeremiah 9:3-4

“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.

Jeremiah 18:18

Then they said, “Come and let us devise plans against Jeremiah. Surely the law is not going to be lost to the priest, nor counsel to the sage, nor the divine word to the prophet! Come on and let us strike at him with our tongue, and let us give no heed to any of his words.”

Matthew 26:59

Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death.

Acts 6:11-13

Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”

Acts 24:1

After five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders, with an attorney named Tertullus, and they brought charges to the governor against Paul.

Acts 24:5

For we have found this man a real pest and a fellow who stirs up dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.

2 Corinthians 4:2

but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 11:13

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

Revelation 12:10

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.

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