Proverbs 15:26
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New International Version
The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight.

New Living Translation
The LORD detests evil plans, but he delights in pure words.

English Standard Version
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but gracious words are pure.

New American Standard Bible
Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD, But pleasant words are pure.

King James Bible
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD detests the plans of an evil man, but pleasant words are pure.

International Standard Version
To the LORD evil plans are detestable, but pleasant words are pure.

NET Bible
The LORD abhors the plans of the wicked, but pleasant words are pure.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but the thoughts of the pure are pleasing.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Evil ideas are detestable before Lord Jehovah, and pure words are sweet.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The thoughts of evil people are disgusting to the LORD, but pleasant words are pure to him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The thoughts of wickedness are an abomination to the LORD; But words of pleasantness are pure.

New American Standard 1977
Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD,
            But pleasant words are pure.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but the speech of the pure is pure.

King James 2000 Bible
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

American King James Version
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

American Standard Version
Evil devices are an abomination to Jehovah; But pleasant words are pure.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Evil thoughts are an abomination to the Lord: and pure words most beautiful shall be confirmed by him.

Darby Bible Translation
The thoughts of the evil [man] are an abomination to Jehovah; but pure words are pleasant.

English Revised Version
Evil devices are an abomination to the LORD: but pleasant words are pure.

Webster's Bible Translation
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

World English Bible
Yahweh detests the thoughts of the wicked, but the thoughts of the pure are pleasing.

Young's Literal Translation
An abomination to Jehovah are thoughts of wickedness, And pure are sayings of pleasantness.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
25The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow. 26Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD, But pleasant words are pure. 27He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:25
The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow.

Proverbs 15:27
He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.

Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Treasury of Scripture

The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

thoughts

Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things does the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination to him…

Proverbs 24:9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. …

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, …

but

Proverbs 15:23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due …

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable …

Psalm 37:30,31 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment…

Psalm 45:1 My heart is gushing a good matter: I speak of the things which I …

Matthew 12:34-37 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? …

pleasant words

(26) The thoughts of the wicked.--Rather, thoughts of evil, wicked designs.

But the words of the pure are pleasant words.--Rather, pleasant words (i.e., kindly meant, soothing words; comp. Proverbs 16:24) are pure in God's sight; accepted by Him as coming from a well-meaning heart.

Verse 26. - The thoughts of the wicked (or, evil devices) are an abomination to the Lord. Although the Decalogue, by forbidding coveting, showed that God's Law touched the thought of the heart as well as the outward action, the idea here refers to wicked plans or designs, rather than emphatically to the secret movements of the mind. These have been noticed in ver. 11. But the words of the pure are pleasant words; literally, pure are words of pleasantness; i.e. words of soothing, comforting tone are, not an abomination to the Lord, as are the devices of the wicked, but they are pure in a ceremonial sense, as it were, a pure and acceptable offering. Revised Version, pleasant words are pure. Vulgate, "Speech pure and pleasant is approved by him" - which is a pharaphrase of the clause. Septuagint, "The words of the pure are honoured (σεμναί)." The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,.... They are known unto the Lord, who is the searcher of the heart, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of it; he knows they are vain and sinful, yea, that they are only evil, and that continually, and therefore are hateful and abominable to him; it may be rendered "the thoughts of evil", as by the Targum; or evil thoughts, as the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and the Oriental versions; but Aben Ezra interprets as we, the thoughts of a wicked man, which are never otherwise but evil; whereas in a good man, though there are many evil thoughts which are abominable to himself, yet there are some good thoughts, and which are pleasing to the Lord, as follows;

but the words of the pure are pleasant words; that is, unto the Lord; which are the same with their thoughts, and are the effect of them, and so stand opposed to the thoughts of the wicked; these, expressed either in a way of prayer or of praise, are sweet and pleasant, and acceptable unto God through Christ; as likewise their words and discourse in religious conversation, which also minister grace unto the hearer, and are very delightful and pleasing to saints; the words may be supplied thus, "but the thoughts of the pure", of such who are pure in heart, whose hearts are purified by faith in the blood of Christ, are "words of pleasantness", so Gersom; there is a language in thought which is known to a man's self, and by the Lord; there is the meditation or discourse of the heart, and this being about divine and spiritual things is pleasing to God; he hearkens to it, and writes a book of remembrance for them that fear him, and have thought on his name; see Psalm 19:14. 26. are pleasant words—that is, pleasing to God (Pr 8:8, 9).15:25. Pride is the ruin of multitudes. But those who are in affliction God will support. 26. The thoughts of wicked men offend Him who knows the heart. 27. The covetous man lets none of his family have rest or enjoyment. And greediness of gain often tempts to projects that bring ruin. 28. A good man is proved to be a wise man by this; he governs his tongue well.
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