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Proverbs 26:23

    Proverbs 26:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Smooth lips and an evil heart are like a vessel of earth plated with silver waste.

    Webster's Revision

    Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

    World English Bible

    Like silver dross on an earthen vessel are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Fervent lips and a wicked heart are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

    Definitions for Proverbs 26:23

    Dross - Waste formed by melting metal.
    Potsherd - A piece of broken pottery.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 26:23

    Burning lips and a wicked heart - Splendid, shining, smooth lips; that is, lips which make great professions of friendship are like a vessel plated over with base metal to make it resemble silver; but it is only a vile pot, and even the outside is not pure.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 26:23

    Burning lips - i. e., "Lips glowing with, affection, uttering warm words of love," joined with a malignant heart, are like a piece of broken earthenware from the furnace, which glitters with the silver drops at stick to it, but is itself worthless.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 26:23

    26:23 Burning - With malice or hatred: A slanderous or evil tongue. Dross - Such a tongue and heart are of no real worth, although sometimes they make a shew of it, as dross does of silver.