Proverbs 18:8
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English Standard Version
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

King James Bible
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

American Standard Version
The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of the double tongued are as if they were harmless: and they reach even to the inner parts of the bowels. Fear casteth down the slothful: and the souls of the effeminate shall be hungry.

English Revised Version
The words of a whisperer are as dainty, morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

2 The fool hath no delight in understanding;

   But only that his heart may reveal itself therein.

The verb חפץ forms the fut. יחפּץ as well as יחפּץ; first the latter from חפץ, with the primary meaning, to bow, to bend down; then both forms as intransitive, to bend oneself to something, to be inclined to something, Arab. 'ṭf. (Fl.). תּבוּנה is here the intelligence which consists in the understanding of one's own deficiency, and of that which is necessary to meet it. The inclination of the fool goes not out after such intelligence, but (כּי אם־; according to Ben-Naphtali, כי־אם) only that his heart, i.e., the understanding which he thinks that he already possesses, may reveal itself, show itself publicly. He thinks thereby to show himself in his true greatness, and to render a weighty service to the world. This loquacity of the fool, proceeding from self-satisfaction, without self-knowledge, has already, Proverbs 12:23, and often, been reprimanded.

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Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 16:28 A fraudulent man sows strife: and a whisperer separates chief friends.

Proverbs 26:20-22 Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases...

Leviticus 19:16 You shall not go up and down as a talebearer among your people: neither shall you stand against the blood of your neighbor...

Psalm 52:2 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Psalm 64:3,4 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words...

tale-bearer or whisperer, as wounds or like as when men are wounded. innermost parts or chambers.

Cross References
Leviticus 19:16
You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD.

Proverbs 18:7
A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 18:9
Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

Proverbs 26:22
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

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