Psalms 31:18

18 Let the 1lying lips be mute, Which 2speak arrogantly against the righteous With pride and contempt.

Psalms 31:18 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 31:18

Let the lying lips be put to silence
Being convicted of the lies told by them, and so silenced and confounded; or being cut off and destroyed, as all such will be in the Lord's own time, ( Psalms 12:3 ) . It is very likely the psalmist may have respect either to Doeg the Edomite, who loved lying rather than righteousness; or to others that were about Saul, who lying said to him that David sought his harm, even to take away his kingdom and his life, ( Psalms 52:3 ) ( 1 Samuel 24:9 ) ;

which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the
meaning himself; not that he thought himself righteous in the sight of God by any righteousness of his own, but by the righteousness of Christ imputed to him; see ( Psalms 143:2 ) ( Romans 4:6 ) . Though he may have regard here to the righteousness of his cause before men, and assert himself righteous, as he might with respect to the "grievous things", the hard and lying speeches, which were spoken against him, in a proud, haughty, and contemptuous manner. And it is no unusual thing for such false charges to be brought against righteous men; nay, such hard speeches were spoken by ungodly men against Jesus Christ the righteous himself, ( Jude 1:15 ) . The Targum interprets it of "reproaches".

Psalms 31:18 In-Context

16 Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness.
17 Let me not be put to shame, O LORD , for I call upon You; Let the wicked be put to shame, let them be silent in Sheol.
18 Let the lying lips be mute, Which speak arrogantly against the righteous With pride and contempt.
19 How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men!
20 You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 109:2; Psalms 120:2
  • 2. 1 Samuel 2:3; Psalms 94:4; Jude 15
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