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Psalms 64:8

 

 

So they will make him stumble; Their own tongue is against them; All who see them will shake the head.

Adam Clarke Commentary

Their own tongue to fall upon them-selves - All the plottings, counsels, and curses, they have formed against me, shall come upon themselves.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-64.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves - In Psalm 64:3, their tongue is represented as a sword; and here, keeping up the figure, the tongue, as a sword, is represented as falling on them, or as inflicting the wound on themselves which they had intended to inflict on others. This might be rendered, “And they have cast him down; upon them is their own tongue;” or, “Upon them their own tongue has come.” That is, someone would cast them down, and they would fall as if smitten by their own tongue like a sword. It is not said who would do this, but the most natural interpretation is that it would be done by God. The idea is, that the instrument which they had employed to injure others would be the means of their own ruin.

All that see them shall flee away - Compare Psalm 31:11. That is, they shall flee in consternation from those who are so fearfully overthrown. They shall see that God is just, and that He will punish the wicked; and they will desire to escape from a ruin so dreadful as that which comes upon the ungodly. The idea is, that when God punishes sinners, the effect on others is, and should be, to lead them to wish not to be associated with such people, but to escape from a doom so fearful.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-64.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

So shall they make their own tongue to fall upon themselves,.... The evil things they have wished for, threatened unto, and imprecated on others, shall come upon themselves; the curses they have cursed others with shall come upon themselves; the pit they have dug for others, they fall into. So Haman, to whom some apply the psalm, was hanged on the gallows he made for Mordecai; and the accusers of Daniel, to whom others apply it, were cast into the same den of lions they procured for him; and Babylon, who has been drunk with the blood of the saints, shall have blood given her to drink.

all that see them shall flee away; not being able to help them, nor to bear the horrible sight, and fearing the same judgments should fall on themselves; see Numbers 16:34. Or, "they shall move themselves"F4יתנודרו "amovebunt se", Montanus; "commovebuntur", Vatablus. ; shake their heads in a way of derision, as Jarchi interprets it; or skip for joy, as the word is rendered in Jeremiah 48:27; and then it must be understood of the righteous; who, seeing the vengeance on the wicked, rejoice, as in Psalm 52:6; though, as they are afterwards particularly mentioned, others seem to be designed. The word is used for lamenting and bemoaning one's self, in Jeremiah 31:18; and so may be applied to the friends of the wicked lamenting and bemoaning their ruin, and their being bereaved of them, Revelation 18:9.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-64.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall h flee away.

(h) To see God's heavy judgments against them, and how he has caught them in their own snares.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-64.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

tongue to fall, etc. — that is, the consequences of their slanders, etc. (compare Psalm 10:2; Psalm 31:16).

all that see … away — Their partners in evil shall be terrified.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-64.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

Flee — Through fear of being involved in their destruction.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-64.html. 1765.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

8And they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves Pursuing the same subject, he remarks, that the poison concocted in their secret counsels, and which they revealed with their tongues, would prove to have a deadly effect upon themselves. The sentiment is the same with that expressed elsewhere by another figure, when they are said to be caught in their own snares, and to fall into the pit which they have digged themselves, (Psalms 57:6.) It is just that Heaven should make the mischiefs which they had devised against innocent and upright men to recoil upon their own heads. The judgment is one which we see repeatedly and daily exemplified before our eyes, and yet we find much difficulty in believing that it can take place. We should feel ourselves bound the more to impress the truth upon our hearts, that God is ever watching, as it were, his opportunity of converting the stratagems of the wicked into means just as completely effective of their destruction, as if they had intentionally employed them for that end. In the close of the verse, to point out the striking severity of their punishment, it is said that all who saw them should flee away The judgments of God are lifted above out of the sight of an ignorant world, and ere it can be roused to fear and dismay, these must be such as to bear signal marks indeed of a divine hand.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-64.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 64:8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

Ver. 8. So they shall make their own tongue, &c.] According to Proverbs 12:13, Psalms 59:12. {See Trapp on "Proverbs 12:13"} {See Trapp on "Psalms 59:12"}

And all that see them shall flee away] With horror and astonishment. Heb. They shall wander about in their flight; this is spoken of their favourites and abetters fearing to fall under the like punishment, and being agitated by the furies of their own evil consciences.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-64.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Psalms 64:8. So they shall make their own tongue, &c.— And their own tongue shall cause it to fall upon them: all that see, &c.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/psalms-64.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The mischief of their hard speeches, and threats, and crafty counsels against me shall be turned against themselves.

Shall flee away; partly through abhorrency of them, and partly through fear of being involved in their destruction.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-64.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

8. Make their own tongue to fall upon themselves—The evil which they had proposed to bring upon the righteous by false testimony and vile slander, shall be visited back upon themselves to their ruin. Psalms 7:16; Proverbs 12:13; Proverbs 18:7. “They were thinking of wounding the upright, but behold they are wounded themselves.”Hengstenberg.

All that see them shall flee—As the people fled at the cry of Korah and his company when they saw them swallowed up alive. Numbers 16:34. But the word translated flee, signifies, radically, to move to and fro, to shake; and hence, also, to wag or shake the head in derisive triumph, as in Jeremiah 18:16; Jeremiah 48:27, in which latter it is translated in our English Bible, “skippedst for joy.” See also Psalm 14:14. So Furst translates the text, “All that look upon them shake [the head].” In this sense the looking upon them signifies, “the gratification of looking upon those who are justly punished, and rendered harmless.”Delitzsch. See Psalms 59:10; Psalms 92:11


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-64.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Troublest. Protestants, "stillest the noise." (Haydock) --- Troubled. The most obdurate are converted from all countries. (Worthington)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-64.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

men. Hebrew. "adam. App-14.

shall fear. Some codices, with six early printed editions, read "will see".


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-64.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.
tongue
59:12; 140:9; Job 15:6; Proverbs 12:13; 18:7; Matthew 21:41; Luke 19:22
all that
31:11; 52:6; Numbers 16:34; 1 Samuel 31:3-7; Nahum 3:7; Revelation 18:4,10

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 64:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-64.html.

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