Psalm 31:18

18 Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

Read Psalm 31:18 Using Other Translations

Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.
Silence their lying lips— those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.

What does Psalm 31:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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
righteous;
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".

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