Behold, they belch forth with their mouth;
Swords are in their lips,
For, they say, “Who hears?”
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.
He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable,
But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
They say, “How does God know?
And is there knowledge with the Most High?”
There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
“Is not God in the height of heaven?
Look also at the distant stars, how high they are!
Why has the wicked spurned God?
He has said to himself, “You will not require it.”
His speech was smoother than butter,
But his heart was war;
His words were softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn swords.
Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword.
They aimed bitter speech as their arrow,
They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly;
All who do wickedness vaunt themselves.
They have said, “The Lord does not see,
Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed.”
For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me;
They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
“Have you not observed what this people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families which the Lord chose, He has rejected them’? Thus they despise My people, no longer are they as a nation in their sight.
You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.