Psalms 144:8

8 whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalms 144:8 in Other Translations

8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
8 whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
8 Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.
8 Who lie through their teeth, who shake your hand then knife you in the back.
8 whose mouths speak lies, whose right hands are deceptive.

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 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy; shoot your arrows and rout them.
7 Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners
8 whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.
9 I will sing a new song to you, my God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,
10 to the One who gives victory to kings, who delivers his servant David. From the deadly sword

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 12:2; Psalms 41:6
  • 2. Genesis 14:22; Deuteronomy 32:40
  • 3. S Psalms 36:3
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