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

Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered 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's Commentary 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 Commentary 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.
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