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.

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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 27. - This and the three following verses are concerned with the case of the evil man. An ungodly man - a man of Belial - diggeth up evil. A man of Belial (Proverbs 6:12) is a worthless, wicked person, what the French call a vaurien. Such a one digs a pit for others (Proverbs 26:27; Psalm 7:15), devises mischief against his neighbour, plots against him by lying and slandering and overreaching. Wordsworth confines the evil to the man himself; he digs it as treasure in a mine, loves wickedness for its own sake. But analogy is against this interpretation. Septuagint, "A foolish man diggeth evils for himself." So Ecclus. 27:26, "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that setteth a trap shall be taken therein." As the gnome says -

Ἡ δὲ κακὴ βουλὴ τῷ βουλεύσαντι κακίστη. And in his lips there is as a burning fire (Proverbs 26:23) His words scorch and injure like a devouring flame. James 3:6, "The tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell." Septuagint, "And upon his lips he treasureth up fire."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

An ungodly man diggeth up evil,.... Or "a man of Belial" (p), a worthless unprofitable man; a man without a yoke, not obedient to the law of God; such a man digs for sin as for a treasure; nor need he go far for it, he has enough in his own heart, out of the evil treasure of which he brings forth evil things; though he is more solicitious and diligent to search into the sins of others, and dig up them, which have long lain buried; as the Manichees raked up the sins of Austin in his youth; and as the Papists served Beza: but perhaps the evil of mischief is here rather intended, which a wicked man contrives and devises; a ditch he digs for others, though oftentimes he falls into it himself; and so the Septuagint and Arabic versions render it, "digs evils for himself"; not intentionally but eventually; see Psalm 7:15;

and in his lips there is as a burning fire; his tongue is a fire, it is set on fire of hell, and it sets on fire the course of nature; and with its lies, calumnies, and detractions, devours and consumer the good names, characters, and credit of men; and deserves no other than sharp arrows of the Almighty, and coals of juniper; even the everlasting fire and flames of hell, James 3:6.

(p) "vir Belijahal", Montanus, Tigurine version, Mercerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

27. ungodly man—(Compare Pr 6:12).

diggeth up evil—labors for it.

in his lips … fire—His words are calumniating (Jas 3:6).

Proverbs 16:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
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 evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Proverbs 6:12
A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,

Proverbs 6:14
who plots evil with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up conflict.

Proverbs 16:26
The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.

Proverbs 16:28
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close 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

1 Samuel 25:17 Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined …

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, …

diggeth

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

Psalm 17:14,15 From men which are your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which …

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…

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on …

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

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