Proverbs 12:19
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New International Version
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

New Living Translation
Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.

English Standard Version
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

New American Standard Bible
Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.

King James Bible
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue, only a moment.

International Standard Version
A truthful saying is trusted forever, but the liar only for a moment.

NET Bible
The one who tells the truth will endure forever, but the one who lies will last only for a moment.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The lips of truth are right, and the hasty witness does evil with his tongue.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The word of truth lasts forever, but lies last only a moment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The lip of truth shall be established for ever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

King James 2000 Bible
The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

American King James Version
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

American Standard Version
The lip of truth shall be established for ever; But a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lip of truth shall be steadfast for ever: but he that is a hasty witness, frameth a lying tongue.

Darby Bible Translation
The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

English Revised Version
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Webster's Bible Translation
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

World English Bible
Truth's lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only momentary.

Young's Literal Translation
The lip of truth is established for ever, And for a moment -- a tongue of falsehood.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:16. A foolish man is soon angry, and is hasty in expressing it; he is ever in trouble and running into mischief. It is kindness to ourselves to make light of injuries and affronts, instead of making the worst of them. 17. It is good for all to dread and detest the sin of lying, and to be governed by honesty. 18. Whisperings and evil surmises, like a sword, separate those that have been dear to each other. The tongue of the wise is health, making all whole. 19. If truth be spoken, it will hold good; whoever may be disobliged, still it will keep its ground. 20. Deceit and falsehood bring terrors and perplexities. But those who consult the peace and happiness of others have joy in their own minds. 21. If men are sincerely righteous, the righteous God has engaged that no evil shall happen to them. But they that delight in mischief shall have enough of it. 22. Make conscience of truth, not only in words, but in actions. 23. Foolish men proclaim to all the folly and emptiness of their minds. 24. Those who will not take pains in an honest calling, living by tricks and dishonesty, are paltry and beggarly. 25. Care, fear, and sorrow, upon the spirits, deprive men of vigour in what is to be done, or courage in what is to be borne. A good word from God, applied by faith, makes the heart glad. 26. The righteous is abundant; though not in this world's goods, yet in the graces and comforts of the Spirit, which are the true riches. Evil men vainly flatter themselves that their ways are not wrong. 27. The slothful man makes no good use of the advantages Providence puts in his way, and has no comfort in them. The substance of a diligent man, though not great, does good to him and his family. He sees that God gives it to him in answer to prayer. 28. The way of religion is a straight, plain way; it is the way of righteousness. There is not only life at the end, but life in the way; all true comfort.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - The lip of truth shall be established forever. Truth is consistent, invincible, enduring; and the fact belongs not only to Divine truth (Psalm 117:2; Matthew 24:35), but to human, in its measure. Septuagint, "True lips establish testimony," pointing the last word ad as ed. Is but for a moment; literally, while I wink the eye (Jeremiah 49:19; Jeremiah 50:44). Lying never answers in the end; it is soon found out and punished (Proverbs 19:9; Psalm 52:5). Septuagint, "But a hasty (ταχύς; repentinus, Vulgate) witness hath an unjust tongue." One who gives his testimony without due consideration, or influenced by evil motives, readily fails into lying and injustice. With the latter half of the verse we may compare the gnome -

Ἀλλ οὐδὲν ἕρπει ψεῦδος εἰς γῆρας χρόνου

"Unto old age no lie doth ever live." A lie has no legs, is a maxim of wide nationality; and "Truth may be blamed, but shall ne'er be shamed."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The lip of truth shall be established for ever,.... The man that speaks truth is and will be established in his credit and reputation among men; he is uniform and all of a piece, and what he says is believed; truth, though it may be opposed, will prevail against lies and falsehood; the word of truth, the Gospel of Christ, will stand for ever; the ministers of truth and righteousness will be continued to the end of the world; Christ, who is truth itself, abides the same to day, yesterday, and for ever;

but a lying tongue is but for a moment; if a liar speaks truth for once, he does not continue in it long, but quickly returns to his former course; or rather the lie he tells is very short lived, it is soon discovered, and he comes into contempt and disgrace, and loses all his credit and reputation among men of honour and honesty, and is sometimes suddenly snatched away by death, as Ananias and Sapphira; all error and heresy in a short time will cease and be no more; and antichrist, whose coming is with lying wonders, the direct opposite of the lip of truth, will be brought to ruin in a moment. Aben Ezra, Kimchi, and Ben Melech, who are followed by some Christian interpreters, as Montanus, and some in Vatablus, render it, "but", or "for ever, I will cause the lying tongue to cease", or "be at rest" from speaking; as if they were the words of God, threatening to cut off the lying tongue; but Jarchi and Gersom render it "for a moment", or a very short time, as we and others do; or, "whilst one winks" (f), in the twinkling of an eye; so soon is such a person removed.

(f) "at dum nictem", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. Words of truth are consistent, and stand all tests, while lies are soon discovered and exposed.

Proverbs 12:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
18There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment. 20Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.…
Cross References
1 Kings 13:18
The old prophet answered, "I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the LORD: 'Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.'" (But he was lying to him.)

Psalm 52:4
You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue!

Psalm 52:5
Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living.

Proverbs 12:20
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.

Proverbs 19:9
A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.
Treasury of Scripture

The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

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Zechariah 1:4-6 Be you not as your fathers, to whom the former prophets have cried, …

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

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Proverbs 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall perish.

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite …

Psalm 52:5 God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, …

Acts 5:3-10 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to …

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