Psalm 31:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 31:18, NIV: Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

Psalm 31:18, ESV: Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.

Psalm 31:18, KJV: Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Psalm 31:18, NASB: Let the lying lips be speechless, Which speak arrogantly against the righteous With pride and contempt.

Psalm 31:18, NLT: Silence their lying lips--those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.

Psalm 31:18, CSB: Let lying lips that arrogantly speak against the righteous in proud contempt be silenced.

What does Psalm 31:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In prior verses, David noted that his enemies were whispering plots against him (Psalm 31:13). These were probably physical threats as well as slander and lies. These caused even friends and neighbors to avoid David (Psalm 31:11–12). As part of his prayer for deliverance, David asks for God to silence these enemies (Psalm 31:17). He asks God to turn those deceitful words into silence. He wants his enemies to become like those who cannot speak.

Further, David mentions that his enemies also make arrogant attacks on other godly people. Not only did his foes hate him, but they also despised anyone who was godly. Their evil insults against David and righteous others indicate that they despised the Lord. David associates this kind of hateful speech with "pride and contempt." It is ultimately pride that causes wicked people to oppose the Lord and His people. Such arrogance places them squarely in the Devil's camp. The Devil epitomized pride by seeking to usurp God and place himself on God's throne. He said, "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High" (Isaiah 14:14). In response, God will bring the Devil "down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit" (Isaiah 14:15).