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Proverbs 21:6

    Proverbs 21:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He who gets stores of wealth by a false tongue, is going after what is only breath, and searching for death.

    Webster's Revision

    The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death.

    World English Bible

    Getting treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor for those who seek death.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vapour driven to and fro; they that seek them seek death.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 21:6

    Of them that seek death - Instead of מבקשי mebakshey, "them that seek," several MSS., some ancient editions, with Symmachus, the Septuagint, Vulgate, and Arabic, have מקשי mokeshey, the snares. He who gets treasures by a lying tongue, pursues vanity into the snares of death. Our common translation may be as good. But he who, by the snares of his tongue, endeavors to buy and sell to the best advantage, is pursuing what is empty in itself; and he is ensnared by death, while he is attempting to ensnare others.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 21:6

    Vanity - Or, "a breath driven to and fro of those that are seeking death." Another reading of the last words is: "of the snares of death" (compare 1 Timothy 6:9). Some commentators have suggested that the "vapor" or "mist" is the mirage of the desert, misleading those who follow it, and becoming a "net of death."

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 21:6

    21:6 Lying tongue - By any false or deceitful words or actions. Is tossed - Is like the chaff or smoak driven away by the wind. Of them - That take those courses which will bring destruction upon them.