Proverbs 16:27
Parallel Verses
New International Version
A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.

New Living Translation
Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze.

English Standard Version
A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

New American Standard Bible
A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are like scorching fire.

King James Bible
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

International Standard Version
A worthless person concocts evil gossip — his lips are like a burning fire.

NET Bible
A wicked scoundrel digs up evil, and his slander is like a scorching fire.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An evil man forges evil and fire burns from his mouth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A worthless person plots trouble, and his speech is like a burning fire.

JPS Tanakh 1917
An ungodly man diggeth up evil, And in his lips there is as a burning fire.

New American Standard 1977
A worthless man digs up evil,
            While his words are as a scorching fire.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The man of Belial digs in search of evil, and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

King James 2000 Bible
An ungodly man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

American King James Version
An ungodly man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

American Standard Version
A worthless man deviseth mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked man diggeth evil, and in his lips is a burning fire.

Darby Bible Translation
A man of Belial diggeth up evil, and on his lips there is as a scorching fire.

English Revised Version
A worthless man deviseth mischief: and in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

World English Bible
A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.

Young's Literal Translation
A worthless man is preparing evil, And on his lips -- as a burning fire.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
16:27,28. Ungodly men bestow more pains to do mischief than would be needful to do good. The whisperer separates friends: what a hateful, but how common a character! 29,30. Some do all the mischief they can by force and violence, and are blind to the result. 31. Old people especially should be found in the way of religion and godliness. 32. To overcome our own passions, requires more steady management, than obtaining victory over an enemy. 33. All the disposal of Providence concerning our affairs, we must look upon to be the determining what we referred to God; and we must be reconciled to them accordingly. Blessed are those that give themselves up to the will of God; for he knows what is good for them.
Study Bible
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
26A worker's appetite works for him, For his hunger urges him on. 27A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are like scorching fire. 28A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.…
Cross References
James 3:6
The tongue also is a fire, a world of wickedness among the parts of the body. It pollutes the whole person, sets the course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

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

Proverbs 6:14
Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who spreads strife.

Proverbs 16:26
A worker's appetite works for him, For his hunger urges him on.

Proverbs 16:28
A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
Treasury of Scripture

An ungodly man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

an ungodly man a man of Belial

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diggeth

Proverbs 2:4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

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Isaiah 5:18 Woe to them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it …

Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor …

in

Psalm 52:2-4 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully…

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James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among …

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