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Psalms Self-Destruction Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter:Verse)

Quote #1

For there is no truth in their mouths;
their hearts are destruction;
their throats are open graves;
they flatter with their tongues.
Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
because of their many transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you. (NRSV 5:9-10)

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee. (KJV 5:9-10)

The enemies of the Israelites are really good with words, but what they consider flattery is exactly what will kill them. Not exactly a pretty image.

Quote #2

If one does not repent, God will whet his sword;
he has bent and strung his bow; (NRSV 7:12)

If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. (KJV 7:12)

Who's doing the dirty work here? God, the Israelites, or the enemies of the Israelites? Things are getting a little sticky.

Quote #3

Let ruin come on them unawares.
And let the net that they hid ensnare them;
let them fall in it—to their ruin. (NRSV 35:8)

Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall. (KJV 35:8)

If you're an average Israelite, what do you need to do to defeat your enemies? According to this passage, not much. Well, there is that whole "remain loyal to God" thing….

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