Psalms 144:8

8 whose mouths speak 1lies and whose right hand is 2a right hand of falsehood.

Psalms 144:8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 144:8

Whose mouth speaketh vanity
Vain words, lies, flatteries, and deceit, ( Psalms 12:2 ) ; when they speak loftily of themselves, and contemptuously of others; when they deliver out threatenings against some, and make fair promises to others; it is all vanity, and comes to nothing; and their right hand [is] a right hand of falsehood;
their strength and power to perform what they boast of, threaten, or promise, is fallacious, is mere weakness, and cannot effect anything; or their treaties, contracts, and covenants, they enter into and sign with their right hand, are not kept by them; they act the treacherous and deceitful part. The Latin interpreter of the Arabic version renders it, "their oath is an oath of iniquity"; and Ben Balaam in Aben Ezra, and R. Adnim in Ben Melech, say the word so signifies in the Arabic language; and Schultens F13 has observed the same: but the word in that language signifies the right hand as well as an oath, and need not be restrained to that; it is better to take it in the large sense, as Cocceius F14 does; whether they lifted up the hand to pray, or to swear; or gave it to covenant with, to make contracts and agreements; or stretched it out to work with; it was a right hand of falsehood.


F13 Observat. Philolog. p. 195.
F14 Lexicon, col. 312.

Psalms 144:8 In-Context

6 Flash forth the lightning and scatter them; send out your arrows and rout them!
7 Stretch out your hand from on high; rescue me and deliver me from the many waters, from the hand of foreigners,
8 whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing a new song to you, O God; upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
10 who gives victory to kings, who rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 12:2; Psalms 41:6
  • 2. [Psalms 106:26; Genesis 14:22; Deuteronomy 32:40; Isaiah 62:8]
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