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Psalms 120:4

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— Sharp arrows of the warrior, With the [burning] coals of the broom tree.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Sharp arrows of the mighty, With coals of juniper.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Sharp arrows of a mighty one, with burning coals of broom-wood.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The arrows of the hero sharpened, with burning coals of broom.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Sharp arrows of a mighty one, with broom-coals.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals that lay waste.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— It is as the sharpe arrowes of a mightie man, and as the coales of iuniper.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Sharpe arrowes of the mightie: with coales of iuniper.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— The arrows of the mighty are sharp; they are as hot coals of oak.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Sharpened weapons of the mighty, with coals of the desert.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Sharp 8150
{8150} Prime
A primitive root; to point (transitively or intransitively); intensively to pierce; figuratively to inculcate.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
arrows 2671
{2671} Prime
From H2686; properly a piercer, that is, an arrow; by implication a wound; figuratively (of God) thunder bolt; (by interchange for H6086) the shaft of a spear.
of the mighty, 1368
{1368} Prime
Intensive from the same as H1397; powerful; by implication warrior, tyrant.
with x5973
(5973) Complement
From H6004; adverb or preposition, with (that is, in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English).
coals 1513
{1513} Prime
From an unused root meaning to glow or kindle; an ember.
of juniper. 7574
{7574} Prime
From H7573; the Spanish broom (from its pole like stems).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 120:4

_ _ Sharp arrows of the mighty — destructive inflictions.

_ _ coals of juniper — which retain heat long. This verse may be read as a description of the wicked, but better as their punishment, in reply to the question of Psalms 120:3.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 120:1-4.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 120:4

Arrows — The wrath and vengeance of the mighty God, which in scripture is often compared to arrows, and here to coals of juniper, which burn very fiercely and retain their heat for a long time.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 120:4

(d) Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

(d) He shows that there is nothing so sharp to pierce, nor so hot to set on fire, as a slanderous tongue.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
etc. or, It is as the sharp arrows of the mighty man, with coals of juniper.
Psalms 57:4 My soul [is] among lions: [and] I lie [even among] them that are set on fire, [even] the sons of men, whose teeth [are] spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
Psalms 59:7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords [are] in their lips: for who, [say they], doth hear?
Proverbs 11:9 An hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
Proverbs 11:12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
Proverbs 11:18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness [shall be] a sure reward.
Proverbs 16:27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire.
Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
James 3:5-8 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! ... But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.


Psalms 7:13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
Psalms 52:5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of [thy] dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
Psalms 140:9 [As for] the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
Psalms 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow [him].
Deuteronomy 32:23-24 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them. ... [They shall be] burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.
Proverbs 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall not escape.
Proverbs 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall perish.
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
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Dt 32:23. Ps 7:13; 52:5; 57:4; 59:7; 140:9, 11. Pv 11:9, 12, 18; 12:22; 16:27; 18:8, 21; 19:5, 9. Jm 3:5. Rv 21:8.

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