Psalm 55:21
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New International Version
His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.


New American Standard Bible
His speech was smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.


King James Bible
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
His buttery words are smooth, but war is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, but they are drawn swords.


International Standard Version
His mouth is as smooth as butter, while war is in his heart. His words were as smooth as olive oil, while his sword is drawn.


American Standard Version
His mouth was smooth as butter, But his heart was war: His words were softer than oil, Yet were they drawn swords.


Douay-Rheims Bible
they are divided by the wrath Of his countenance, and his heart hath drawn near. His words are smoother than oil, and the same are darts.


Darby Bible Translation
Smooth were the milky words of his mouth, but his heart was war; his words were softer than oil, yet are they drawn swords.


Young's Literal Translation
Sweeter than honey hath been his mouth, And his heart is war! Softer have been his words than oil, And they are drawn swords.
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Context
Cast Your Cares on the Lord

1Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not yourself from my supplication. 2Attend to me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; 3Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity on me, and in wrath they hate me. 4My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen on me. 5Fearfulness and trembling are come on me, and horror has overwhelmed me. 6And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. 7See, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. 8I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. 9Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10Day and night they go about it on the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the middle of it. 11Wickedness is in the middle thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets. 12For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: 13But it was you, a man my equal, my guide, and my acquaintance. 14We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in company. 15Let death seize on them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. 16As for me, I will call on God; and the LORD shall save me. 17Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. 18He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. 19God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that stays of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. 20He has put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he has broken his covenant. 21The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. 22Cast your burden on the LORD, and he shall sustain you: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. 23But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in you.
Cross References
Psalm 12:2
They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.


Psalm 28:3
Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbors, but mischief is in their hearts.


Psalm 35:20
For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.


Psalm 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.


Psalm 59:7
Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, does hear?


Psalm 62:4
They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.


Psalm 120:7
I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.


Proverbs 5:3
For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:


Proverbs 5:4
But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.


Treasury of Scripture

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

The words

Psalm 28:3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbors...

Psalm 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...

Psalm 62:4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly...

Psalm 64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

Proverbs 5:3,4 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil...

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 26:24-26,28 He that hates dissembles with his lips, and lays up deceit within him...

Matthew 26:25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said to him, You have said.

Luke 20:20,21 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words...

war

John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

Strong's Concordance
[The words] of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war [was] in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet [were] they drawn swords.
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Psalms Chapter 55 Verse 21

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OT Poetry: Psalm 55:21 His mouth was smooth as butter (Psalm Ps Psa.)
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