Psalms 73:6-9

6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.
7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity[a] ; their evil imaginations have no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression.
9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.

Psalms 73:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.
ESV
6 Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.
NLT
6 They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty.
MSG
6 Pretentious with arrogance, they wear the latest fashions in violence,
CSB
6 Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment.

Psalms 73:6-9 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 73

\\<>\\. It seems by the title that Asaph was the penman of this psalm, as it is certain that he was a composer of psalms and hymns; see 2Ch 29:30, though it may be rendered, "a psalm for Asaph", or "unto Asaph" {a}; and might have David for its author, as some think, who, having penned it, sent it to Asaph, to be made use of by him in public service; see 1Ch 16:7, and so the Targum paraphrases it, ``a song by the hands of Asaph;'' the occasion of it was a temptation the psalmist fell into, through the prosperity of the wicked, and the afflictions of the righteous, to think there was nothing in religion, that it was a vain and useless thing; under which he continued until he went into the house of God, and was taught better; when he acknowledged his stupidity and folly, and penned this psalm, to prevent others falling into the same snare, and to set forth the goodness of God to his people, with which it begins.

Psalms 73:6-9 In-Context

4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
5 They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.
7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity ; their evil imaginations have no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression.
9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.
11 They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?”

Cross References 7

  • 1. S Leviticus 26:19
  • 2. S Genesis 41:42; Song of Songs 4:9; Ezekiel 16:11
  • 3. S Genesis 6:11; S Proverbs 4:17; Psalms 109:18
  • 4. S Psalms 17:10
  • 5. Psalms 41:5; Ezekiel 25:15; Colossians 3:8
  • 6. Psalms 17:10; Jude 16
  • 7. S Psalms 10:7; S Psalms 12:5

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew "Their eyes bulge with fat"
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