Proverbs 10:18
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New International Version
Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.

New Living Translation
Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.

English Standard Version
The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.

New American Standard Bible
He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.

King James Bible
He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.

International Standard Version
Whoever conceals hatred is a deceitful liar, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.

NET Bible
The one who conceals hatred utters lies, and the one who spreads slander is certainly a fool.

New Heart English Bible
He who hides hatred has lying lips. He who utters a slander is a fool.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The lips of the evil lie in wait in hostility and he that brings forth a curse is lacking a mind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever conceals hatred has lying lips. Whoever spreads slander is a fool.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that hideth hatred is of lying lips; And he that uttereth a slander is a fool.

New American Standard 1977
He who conceals hatred has lying lips,
            And he who spreads slander is a fool.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that hides hatred has lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.

King James 2000 Bible
He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.

American King James Version
He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.

American Standard Version
He that hideth hatred is of lying lips; And he that uttereth a slander is a fool.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lying lips hide hatred: he that uttereth reproach is foolish.

Darby Bible Translation
He that covereth hatred hath lying lips, and he that sendeth forth a slander is a fool.

English Revised Version
He that hideth hatred is of lying lips; and he that uttereth a slander is a fool.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

World English Bible
He who hides hatred has lying lips. He who utters a slander is a fool.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is covering hatred with lying lips, And whoso is bringing out an evil report is a fool.
Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
17He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who ignores reproof goes astray. 18He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool. 19When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:1
"You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

Proverbs 26:24
He who hates disguises it with his lips, But he lays up deceit in his heart.

Jeremiah 9:4
"Let everyone be on guard against his neighbor, And do not trust any brother; Because every brother deals craftily, And every neighbor goes about as a slanderer.
Treasury of Scripture

He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.

that hideth

Proverbs 24:24-26 He that said to the wicked, You are righteous; him shall the people …

1 Samuel 18:21,22,29 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, …

2 Samuel 3:27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the …

2 Samuel 11:8-15 And David said to Uriah, Go down to your house, and wash your feet. …

2 Samuel 13:23-29 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheep …

2 Samuel 20:9,10 And Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And Joab took …

Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is …

Psalm 12:2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips …

Psalm 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in …

Luke 20:20,21 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves …

that uttereth

Psalm 15:3 He that backbites not with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, …

Psalm 50:20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son.

Psalm 101:5 Whoever privately slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him …

(18) He that hideth hatred . . .--This would be more correctly translated, "He that hideth hatred is a mouth of falsehood: he that spreadeth slander is a fool" (khesl: Proverbs 1:22). (For the construction, "he . . . is a mouth of falsehood," comp. note on Proverbs 8:30; and for the sentiment, David's complaint, Psalm 41:6).

Is a fool.--For he does mischief to his neighbour, and only gets ill-will for himself.

Verse 18. - This verse ought to be translated, He that hideth hatred is [a man] of lying lips, and he that uttereth slander is a fool. He who cherishes hatred in the heart must be a liar and a hypocrite, speaking and acting in a way contrary to his real sentiments; if he divulges his slander, he is a stupid fool, injuring his neighbour, and procuring ill will for himself. The LXX. reads, "Just (δίκαια) lips conceal hatred;" but probably δίκαια is an error for ἄδικα or δόλια, though Ewald defends it, and would alter the Hebrew to suit it. He that hideth hatred with lying lips,.... Or he whose "lying lips hide hatred", which is much the same; who pretends to be a friend, and outwardly behaves as one, but inwardly nourishes and cherishes hatred in his heart, which he covers and conceals, till he has a proper opportunity of showing it; as Absalom to Ammon, Joab to Amasa, the men of Anathoth to Jeremiah, and Judas to Christ; see Proverbs 26:24. Or, "he that hideth hatred is a man of lying lips" (m); he is a liar, as the person next described is a fool. And he that uttereth slander is a fool; that brings it out by wholesale, and hides it not; who openly defames his neighbour, and in the most public manner; and with a multitude of words detracts from his good name, credit, and reputation, and loads him with calumny and reproach; such a man is a fool, a very wicked man: yea, not only the public slanderer, but the secret dissembler, who thinks himself a cunning man because he hides himself; each of these is a fool, the one as well as the other. Gersom thinks there is a comparison made between the dissembler and the slanderer; the one being a liar, and the other a fool; and that the former is more abominable and pernicious than the latter.

(m) "Est vir laborium falsitatis", Piscator, "vel fallacium", Gejerus. 18. Both vices must one day be known and punished, and hence their folly.10:7. Both the just and the wicked must die; but between their souls there is a vast difference. 8. The wise in heart puts his knowledge in practice. 9. Dissemblers, after all their shuffling, will be exposed. 10. Trick and artifice will be no excuse for iniquity. 11. The good man's mouth is always open to teach, comfort, and correct others. 12. Where there is hatred, every thing stirs up strife. By bearing with each other, peace and harmony are preserved. 13. Those that foolishly go on in wicked ways, prepare rods for themselves. 14. Whatever knowledge may be useful, we must lay it up, that it may not be to seek when we want it. The wise gain this wisdom by reading, by hearing the word, by meditation, by prayer, by faith in Christ, who is made of God unto us wisdom. 15. This refers to the common mistakes both of rich and poor, as to their outward condition. Rich people's wealth exposes them to many dangers; while a poor man may live comfortably, if he is content, keeps a good conscience, and lives by faith. 16. Perhaps a righteous man has no more than what he works hard for, but that labour tends to life. 17. The traveller that has missed his way, and cannot bear to be told of it, and to be shown the right way, must err still. 18. He is especially a fool who thinks to hide anything from God; and malice is no better. 19. Those that speak much, speak much amiss. He that checks himself is a wise man, and therein consults his own peace. 20,21. The tongue of the just is sincere, freed from the dross of guile and evil design. Pious discourse is spiritual food to the needy. Fools die for want of a heart, so the word is; for want of thought.
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