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Psalms 140:3

    Psalms 140:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; Adders poison is under their lips. Selah

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Their tongues are sharp like the tongue of a snake; the poison of snakes is under their lips. (Selah.)

    Webster's Revision

    They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; Adders poison is under their lips. Selah

    World English Bible

    They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent. Viper's poison is under their lips. Selah.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 140:3

    They have sharpened their tongues - They employ their time in forging lies and calumnies against me; and those of the most virulent nature.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 140:3

    They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent - Compare the notes at Psalm 64:3. The idea here is, that since the tongue of the serpent "seems" to be sharp, pointed, adapted to penetrate (and probably the original reference in the image was derived from that idea), the wound inflicted is by the serpent's tongue - "as if" with a hard, penetrating point. It is now known, however, that it is by a tooth - a single tooth, made flexible for the purpose - at the root of which a small bag containing the poison is located, which is injected through an orifice in the tooth into the wound. The meaning here is, that the words spoken by such persons - by their tongues - were like the poison produced by the bite of a serpent.

    Adders' poison is under their lips - The asp or adder is among the most poisonous of serpents. Thus, Cleopatra of Egypt is said to have destroyed her own life by an asp, which she had concealed for that purpose. This passage is quoted in Romans 3:13, as a proof of human depravity. See the notes at that verse.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 140:3

    140:3 Tongues - Using words as sharp and piercing as the sting of a serpent.