Psalm 120: Saved from Liars

How much trouble do people have to be in before they will cry out to the Lord?

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Psalm 120:1 A song for worship.
In bad trouble, I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me.
Revelation 9:20–21 Those who were not killed refused to change their ways. They continued to worship demons and idols of wood, stone, brass, silver, and gold, which cannot walk, see, or hear. They would not repent from their self-serving pleasures in prostitution, stealing, murder, and sorcery.
Revelation 16:8–11 The fourth vial was poured upon the sun, with power to scorch Earth’s people with fire. Because of the intense, scorching heat, people cursed God for his authority over the plagues. But they still would not repent or say anything good about God. The fifth vial was poured upon the throne of the beast, which buried his kingdom in darkness and caused the people to grind their teeth in pain. Because of their sores and intense pain, they cursed God above and would not repent of their evil deeds.
King James
Psalm 120:1 <A Song of degrees.> In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.
Revelation 9:20–21 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Revelation 16:8–11 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Who is responsible for saving us from liars and deceivers? Why??

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Psalm 120:2 “Lord,” I said, “save me from liars and deceivers.”
King James
Psalm 120:2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

Should any lie be regarded as a “white lie,” where people see the good of the lie outweighing the bad? Why?

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Psalm 120:3 What is the punishment for lying? What will happen to deceptive people?
King James
Psalm 120:3 What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?

What is the best definition of a lie?

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Psalm 120:3 What is the punishment for lying? What will happen to deceptive people?
King James
Psalm 120:3 What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?

Many liars have not been burned or stuck down by sharp arrows, so what exactly will happen to them?

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Psalm 120:3–4 What is the punishment for lying? What will happen to deceptive people? They will be pierced with sharp arrows and burned with red-hot coals.
King James
Psalm 120:3–4 What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

What is it like to live among liars?

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Psalm 120:5 How miserable I am, having to live in Meshech, among the liars in Kedar.
King James
Psalm 120:5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!

How long should we tolerate those who hate peace?

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Psalm 120:6–7 For way too long, I have lived among those who hate peace.
When I call for peace, they are for war.
King James
Psalm 120:6–7 My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.

What do people enjoy about war?

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