Proverbs 10:32
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New International Version
The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

New Living Translation
The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.

English Standard Version
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.

New American Standard Bible
The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.

King James Bible
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The lips of the righteous know what is appropriate, but the mouth of the wicked, only what is perverse.

International Standard Version
Righteous lips know what is prudent, but the words of the wicked are perverse.

NET Bible
The lips of the righteous know what is pleasing, but the speech of the wicked is perverse.

New Heart English Bible
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The lips of the righteous know goodness, and the mouths of the evil are perverted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The lips of a righteous person announce good will, but the mouths of wicked people are devious.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable; But the mouth of the wicked is all frowardness.

New American Standard 1977
The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable,
            But the mouth of the wicked, what is perverted.



Jubilee Bible 2000
The lips of the righteous shall know the will of God, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perversion.

King James 2000 Bible
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.

American King James Version
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaks frowardness.

American Standard Version
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable; But the mouth of the wicked'speaketh perverseness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lips of the just consider what is acceptable: and the mouth of the wicked uttereth perverse things.

Darby Bible Translation
The lips of a righteous [man] know what is acceptable; but the mouth of the wicked is frowardness.

English Revised Version
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

Webster's Bible Translation
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

World English Bible
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.

Young's Literal Translation
The lips of the righteous know a pleasing thing, And the mouth of the wicked perverseness!

Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
31The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out. 32The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.
Cross References
Proverbs 2:12
To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things;

Proverbs 4:24
Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you.

Proverbs 6:12
A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,

Proverbs 15:28
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Ecclesiastes 10:12
Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;

Ecclesiastes 12:10
The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.
Treasury of Scripture

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaks frowardness.

know

Ecclesiastes 12:10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which …

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your …

Titus 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary …

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Proverbs 11:11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown …

Proverbs 12:6,18 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth …

Proverbs 15:2,28 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools …

Proverbs 18:6-8 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes…

frowardness

(32) What is acceptable.--To God and man. (Comp. the gracious words which proceeded out of Christ's lips, Luke 4:22.)

Speaketh frowardness.--Rather, is mere falsehood, misrepresentation. (See above on Proverbs 8:30.)

Verse 32. - Know. A good man's lips are conversant with what is acceptable to God and man. Such a person considers what will please God and edify his neighbour, and speaks in conformity therewith. The LXX. has," The lips of the righteous distil graces;" ἀποστάζει χάριτας, but probably the right verb is ἐπίσταται, which is found in some manuscripts. Speaketh frowardnsss; rather, knoweth, or is perverseness (comp. Ephesians 4:29); Septuagint, ἀποστρέφεται, or, according to the Sinaitic correcter and some other scribes, καταστρέφεται, "is turned aside," or "is overthrown." Delitszch translates, "is mere falsehood."



The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,.... To God and man; what is well pleasing to, God, and what ministers grace to the hearers, or what is grateful: and such things they will deliver out; they are used and accustomed to them; not only the righteous know in their judgment what is acceptable, but they use themselves to say those things; they not only know them in theory, but practise them: some men know what is acceptable, but their lips do not know it; they are not used to it, but the contrary;

but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness; or perverse things, as before. Or, "the mouth of the wicked knoweth frowardness" (b); or perverse things; or is used only to speak froward things; things contrary to truth and righteousness, and which they know to be so; their mouth speaks things contrary to their hearts; their hearts and mouths do not agree, when they both flatter and lie.

(b) "Novit tantum perversa", Michaelis, 32. know—regard and provide for (Ps 1:6).

frowardness—all kinds of deceit and ill-nature. The word is plural. 10:29. The believer grows stronger in faith, and obeys with increased delight. 30. The wicked would be glad to have this earth their home for ever, but it cannot be so. They must die and leave all their idols behind. 31,32. A good man discourses wisely for the benefit of others. But it is the sin, and will be the ruin of a wicked man, that he speaks what is displeasing to God, and provoking to those he converses with. The righteous is kept by the power of God; and nothing shall be able to separate him from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.
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