Proverbs 20:19
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English Standard Version
Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

King James Bible
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

American Standard Version
He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; Therefore company not with him that openeth wide his lips.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Meddle not with him that revealeth secrets, and walketh deceitfully, and openeth wide his lips.

English Revised Version
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that openeth wide his lips.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

13 Love not sleep, lest thou become poor;

     Open thine eyes, and have enough to eat.

What is comprehended in the first line here is presented in detail in Proverbs 6:9-11. The fut. Niph. of רוּשׁ, to become poor (cf. Proverbs 10:4), is formed metaplastically from ירשׁ, Proverbs 23:21; Proverbs 30:9, as at 1 Samuel 2:7; Hitzig compares (Arab.) ryth, which, however, means to loiter or delay, not to come back or down. The R. רש signifies either to be slack without support (cf. דּל), or to desire (cf. אבון, Arab. fkyr, properly hiscens, R. פק, as in פקח, to open widely, which here follows). Regarding the second imper. 13b, vid., Proverbs 3:4 : it has the force of a consequence, Las deine augen wacker sein, So wirstu brots gnug haben (Luth.) [Let thine eyes be open, so shalt thou have bread enough]. With these two proverbs of the eyes, the group beginning with Proverbs 20:8 rounds itself off.

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that goeth

Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer reveals secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit conceals the matter.

Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

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...

meddle

Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear you the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

flattereth

Proverbs 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor, and leads him into the way that is not good.

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly...

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 11:13
Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

Proverbs 13:3
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

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