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Proverbs 16:27

    Proverbs 16:27 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    An ungodly man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A worthless man deviseth mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A good-for-nothing man is a designer of evil, and in his lips there is a burning fire.

    Webster's Revision

    A worthless man deviseth mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

    World English Bible

    A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A worthless man deviseth mischief: and in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 16:27

    An ungodly man diggeth up evil - How will the following suit?

    Effodiuntur opes irritamenta malorum

    "Wealth, the incitement to all evil, is digged up out the earth."

    A wicked man labors as much to bring about an evil purpose, as the quarryman does to dig up stones.

    In his lips - a burning fire - His words are as inflammable, in producing strife and contention among his neighbors, as fire is in igniting dry stubble.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 16:27

    The four verses speak of the same thing, and the well-known opprobrious name, the "man of Belial," stands at the head as stigmatizing the man who delights in causing the mischief of which they treat.

    Diggeth up evil - i. e., Digs an evil pit for others to fall into. Compare Psalm 7:15.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 16:27

    16:27 Diggeth up - Prosecutes his evil designs with great industry. His lips - His tongue is set on fire of hell.