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Their slander will bring about their demise. 1 All who see them will shudder, 2
For 1 they do not speak the truth; 2 their stomachs are like the place of destruction, 3 their throats like an open grave, 4 their tongues like a steep slope leading into it. 5
Confuse them, 1 O Lord! Frustrate their plans! 2 For I see violence and conflict in the city.
They 1 sharpen their tongues like a sword; they aim their arrow, a slanderous charge, 2
Their tongues wound like a serpent; 1 a viper’s 2 venom is behind 3 their lips. (Selah)
I, the Lord, affirm 1 that I am opposed to those prophets who are using their own tongues to declare, ‘The Lord declares….’ 2
Jerusalem certainly stumbles, Judah falls, for their words and their actions offend the Lord; 1 they rebel against his royal authority. 2
The oppressed and the poor look for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched from thirst. I, the Lord, will respond to their prayers; 1 I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them.
One friend deceives another and no one tells the truth. These people have trained themselves 1 to tell lies. They do wrong and are unable to repent.
Their tongues are like deadly arrows. 1 They are always telling lies. 2 Friendly words for their neighbors come from their mouths. But their minds are thinking up ways to trap them. 3
They turn to Baal; 1 they are like an unreliable bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because their prayers to Baal 2 have made me angry. So people will disdain them in the land of Egypt. 3
The Lord says, 1 “These people are like soldiers who have readied their bows. Their tongues are always ready to shoot out lies. 2 They have become powerful in the land, but they have not done so by honest means. 3 Indeed, they do one evil thing after another 4 and do not pay attention to me. 5