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Psalms 64:8

    Psalms 64:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    So they shall make their own tongue to fall on themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    So they shall be made to stumble, their own tongue being against them: All that see them shall wag the head.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The evil of their tongues is the cause of their fall; all those who see them are shaking their heads at them.

    Webster's Revision

    So they shall be made to stumble, their own tongue being against them: All that see them shall wag the head.

    World English Bible

    Their own tongues shall ruin them. All who see them will shake their heads.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    So they shall be made to stumble, their own tongue being against them: all that see them shall wag the head.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 64:8

    Their own tongue to fall upon them-selves - All the plottings, counsels, and curses, they have formed against me, shall come upon themselves.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 64:8

    So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves - In Psalm 64:3, their tongue is represented as a sword; and here, keeping up the figure, the tongue, as a sword, is represented as falling on them, or as inflicting the wound on themselves which they had intended to inflict on others. This might be rendered, "And they have cast him down; upon them is their own tongue;" or, "Upon them their own tongue has come." That is, someone would cast them down, and they would fall as if smitten by their own tongue like a sword. It is not said who would do this, but the most natural interpretation is that it would be done by God. The idea is, that the instrument which they had employed to injure others would be the means of their own ruin.

    All that see them shall flee away - Compare Psalm 31:11. That is, they shall flee in consternation from those who are so fearfully overthrown. They shall see that God is just, and that He will punish the wicked; and they will desire to escape from a ruin so dreadful as that which comes upon the ungodly. The idea is, that when God punishes sinners, the effect on others is, and should be, to lead them to wish not to be associated with such people, but to escape from a doom so fearful.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 64:8

    64:8 Flee - Through fear of being involved in their destruction.