Micah 7:5
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New International Version
Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with the woman who lies in your embrace guard the words of your lips.

New Living Translation
Don't trust anyone--not your best friend or even your wife!

English Standard Version
Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms;

New American Standard Bible
Do not trust in a neighbor; Do not have confidence in a friend. From her who lies in your bosom Guard your lips.

King James Bible
Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not rely on a friend; don't trust in a close companion. Seal your mouth from the woman who lies in your arms.

International Standard Version
Don't trust your friends, don't confide in a companion, watch what you say to your wife.

NET Bible
Do not rely on a friend; do not trust a companion! Don't even share secrets with the one who lies in your arms!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't trust your neighbors. Don't have confidence in [your] friends. Keep your mouth shut even when a woman is lying in your arms.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not believe in a friend, do not trust in a prince; from her that lies at thy side, take care, open not thy mouth.

King James 2000 Bible
Trust not in a friend, put not confidence in a companion: keep the doors of your mouth from her that lies in your bosom.

American King James Version
Trust you not in a friend, put you not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of your mouth from her that lies in your bosom.

American Standard Version
Trust ye not in a neighbor; put ye not confidence in a friend; keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Believe not a friend, and trust not in a prince: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that sleepeth in thy bosom.

Darby Bible Translation
Believe ye not in a companion, put not confidence in a familiar friend: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

English Revised Version
Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

Webster's Bible Translation
Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

World English Bible
Don't trust in a neighbor. Don't put confidence in a friend. With the woman lying in your embrace, be careful of the words of your mouth!

Young's Literal Translation
Believe not in a friend, trust not in a leader, From her who is lying in thy bosom keep the openings of thy mouth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:1-7 The prophet bemoans himself that he lived among a people ripening apace for ruin, in which many good persons would suffer. Men had no comfort, no satisfaction in their own families or in their nearest relations. Contempt and violation of domestic duties are a sad symptom of universal corruption. Those are never likely to come to good who are undutiful to their parents. The prophet saw no safety or comfort but in looking to the Lord, and waiting on God his salvation. When under trials, we should look continually to our Divine Redeemer, that we may have strength and grace to trust in him, and to be examples to those around us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Such is the moral corruption that the nearest relations cannot be trusted: selfishness reigns everywhere The prophet emphasizes this universal evil by warning the better portion of the people. Friend... guide. There is a gradation here, beginning with "neighbour," or "common acquaintance," and ending with "wife." The word rendered "guide" means "closest, most familiar friend, as in Psalm 55:13 (14, Hebrew). Our version is sanctioned by the Septuagint, ἡγουμένοις, "leaders;" and the Vulgate, duce; but the context confirms the other translation (comp. Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 17:9). Our Lord has used some of the expressions in the next verso in describing the miseries of the latter day (Matthew 10:21, 35, 36; Matthew 24:12; comp. Luke 12:53; Luke 21:16; 2 Timothy 3:2). Keep the doors of thy mouth. Guard thy secrets. (For the phrase, comp. Psalm 141:3.) Her that lieth in thy bosom. Thy wife (Deuteronomy 13:6; Deuteronomy 28:54).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Trust ye not in a friend,.... This is not said to lessen the value of friendship; or to discourage the cultivation of it with agreeable persons; or to dissuade from a confidence in a real friend; or in the least to weaken it, and damp the pleasure of true friendship, which is one of the great blessings of life; but to set forth the sad degeneracy of the then present age, that men, who pretended to be friends, were so universally false and faithless, that there was no dependence to be had on them:

put ye not confidence in a guide; in political matters, in civil affairs, as civil magistrates, judges, counsellors; or in domestic matters. The Targum renders it, in one near akin. Kimchi interprets it of an elder brother; and Aben Ezra of a husband, who is to his wife the guide of her youth; and in religious matters as prophets, priests who were false and deceitful. It may design a very intimate friend, a familiar acquaintance, who might of all men be thought to be confided in; of whom the word is used, Psalm 55:13;

keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom; from a wife, and much more from a concubine or harlot. The Targum is,

"from the wife of thy covenant keep the words of thy mouth;''

divulge not the thoughts of thine heart, or disclose the secrets of it, to one so near; take care of speaking treason against the prince, or ill of a neighbour; it may be got out of such an one, and who may be so base as to betray it: or utter not anything whatever that is secret, the divulging of which may be detrimental; for, in such an age as this was, one in so near a relation might be wicked enough to discover it; see Ecclesiastes 10:20.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. Trust ye not in a friend—Faith is kept nowhere: all to a man are treacherous (Jer 9:2-6). When justice is perverted by the great, faith nowhere is safe. So, in gospel times of persecution, "a man's foes are they of his own household" (Mt 10:35, 36; Lu 12:53).

guide—a counsellor [Calvin] able to help and advise (compare Ps 118:8, 9; 146:3). The head of your family, to whom all the members of the family would naturally repair in emergencies. Similarly the Hebrew is translated in Jos 22:14 and "chief friends" in Pr 16:28 [Grotius].

her that lieth in thy bosom—thy wife (De 13:6).

Micah 7:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Israel's Great Misery
4The best of them is like a briar, The most upright like a thorn hedge. The day when you post your watchmen, Your punishment will come. Then their confusion will occur. 5Do not trust in a neighbor; Do not have confidence in a friend. From her who lies in your bosom Guard your lips. 6For son treats father contemptuously, Daughter rises up against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man's enemies are the men of his own household.
Cross References
Psalm 41:9
Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.

Psalm 141:3
Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Jeremiah 9:4
"Beware of your friends; do not trust anyone in your clan. For every one of them is a deceiver, and every friend a slanderer.

Lamentations 1:2
Bitterly she weeps at night, tears are on her cheeks. Among all her lovers there is no one to comfort her. All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies.
Treasury of Scripture

Trust you not in a friend, put you not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of your mouth from her that lies in your bosom.

ye not in.

Job 6:14,15 To him that is afflicted pity should be showed from his friend; but …

Psalm 118:8,9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man…

Jeremiah 9:4 Take you heed every one of his neighbor, and trust you not in any …

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

keep.

Judges 16:5-20 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and said to her, …

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