Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

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

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.

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 wickedness; it is 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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

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

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 Why do you make evil the foundation of your boasting, mighty one? God's gracious love never ceases. 2 Your tongue, like a sharp razor, devises wicked things and crafts treachery. 3 You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking uprightly. Interlude

Cross References

Psalm 57:4

I am surrounded by lions. I lie down with those who burn with fire that is, with people whose teeth are like spears and arrows whose tongues are like sharp swords.

Psalm 50:19

You give your mouth free reign for evil, and your tongue devises deceit.

Psalm 59:7

Look what pours out of their mouths! They use their lips like swords, saying "Who will hear us?"

Psalm 64:2-6

Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the mob of those who practice evil,

Psalm 109:2

for the mouths of wicked and deceitful people are opened against me; they speak against me with lying tongues.

Psalm 120:2

"LORD, deliver me from lips that lie and tongues that deceive."

Psalm 140:2-3

who craft evil plans in their minds, inciting wars every day.

Proverbs 6:16-19

Here are six things that the LORD hates seven, in fact, are detestable to him:

Proverbs 12:18

Some speak rashly like the cutting of a sword, but what the wise say promotes healing.

Proverbs 18:21

The power of the tongue is life and death those who love to talk will eat what it produces.

Proverbs 30:14

Some people have swords for teeth and knives for fangs to devour the afflicted from the earth and the needy from among mankind.

Jeremiah 9:3-4

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.

Jeremiah 18:18

Then they said, "Come, let's make up a plot against Jeremiah. After all, the priest's instruction, the wise man's counsel, and the prophet's message won't be destroyed. So let's verbally attack him. Pay no attention to anything he says!"

Matthew 26:59

Meanwhile, the high priests and the whole Council were looking for false testimony against Jesus in order to have him put to death.

Acts 6:11-13

So they secretly got some men to say, "We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God."

Acts 24:1

Five days later, the high priest Ananias arrived with certain elders and Tertullus, an attorney, and they summarized their case against Paul before the governor.

Acts 24:5

For we have found this man a perfect pest and an agitator among all Jews throughout the world. He is a ringleader in the sect of the Nazarenes

2 Corinthians 4:2

Instead, we have renounced secret and shameful ways. We do not use trickery or pervert God's word. By clear statements of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone's conscience before God.

2 Corinthians 11:13

Such people are false apostles, dishonest workers who are masquerading as apostles of the Messiah.

Revelation 12:10

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say, "Now the salvation, the power, the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah have come. For the one who accuses our brothers, who accuses them day and night in the presence of our God, has been thrown out.

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