Proverbs 16:28
Parallel Verses
New International Version
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

New Living Translation
A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.

English Standard Version
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

New American Standard Bible
A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.

King James Bible
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A contrary man spreads conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

International Standard Version
A deceitful man stirs dissension, and anyone who gossips separates friends.

NET Bible
A perverse person spreads dissension, and a gossip separates the closest friends.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An evil man provokes judgment and persecutes his friends without cause.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A devious person spreads quarrels. A gossip separates the closest of friends.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The perverse man sows strife, and the tale bearer separates princes.

King James 2000 Bible
A perverse man sows strife: and a whisperer separates best friends.

American King James Version
A fraudulent man sows strife: and a whisperer separates chief friends.

American Standard Version
A perverse man scattereth abroad strife; And a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A perverse man stirreth up quarrels: and one full of words separateth princes.

Darby Bible Translation
A false man soweth contention; and a talebearer separateth very friends.

English Revised Version
A froward man scattereth abroad strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Webster's Bible Translation
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

World English Bible
A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.

Young's Literal Translation
A froward man sendeth forth contention, A tale-bearer is separating a familiar friend.
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 28. - A froward man soweth strife (Proverbs 6:14, 19). The verb means, literally, "sends forth," which may signify "scatters as seed" or "hurls as a missile weapon." The character intended is the perverse man, who distorts the truth, gives a wrong impression, attributes evil motives; such a one occasions quarrels and heartburnings. And a whisperer separateth chief friends (Proverbs 17:9). Nirgan is either "a chatterer," or "a whisperer," "calumniator." In Proverbs 18:8 and Proverbs 26:20, 22 it is translated "tale bearer." "Be not called a whisperer (ψίθυρος)," says the Son of Sirach (Ecclus. 5:14), speaking of secret slander. "Slanderers," says an old apothegm, "are Satan's bellows to blow up contension." Septuagint, "A perverse man sendeth abroad evils, and kindleth a torch of deceit for the wicked, and separateth friends." The alternative rendering of the second clause, "estrangeth a leader," i.e. alienates one leader from another, or from his army, is not confirmed by the authority of the versions or the best commentators.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A froward man soweth strife,.... Or "a man of perversenesses" (q); in whose heart is frowardness and perverseness; and whose mouth speaketh froward and perverse things, contrary to reason, law, and Gospel; and who has a spirit of contradiction, and is contrary to all men in his principles and practices; such a man sows discord and strife wherever he comes, in families, in neighbourhoods, in churches, in commonwealths, in civil and religious societies; and he seldom fails of finding a soil fit for his purpose, or ground susceptive of the seed he sows, where it takes root and thrives; see Proverbs 6:19;

and a whisperer separateth chief friends; one that goes from place to place, from house to house, carrying tales, whispering into the ears of persons things prejudicial to the characters of others, mere lies and falsehoods; such a man by his conduct separates one friend from another, even chief friends, that have been for a long time in the closest and most intimate friendship; he alienates their minds one from another, so that they will not come near one another, or keep up any correspondence as before. The word for "chief friends" is in the singular number, and signifies a prince or leader; and such men, according to the station they are in, and the influence they have, separate princes, as the Vulgate Latin version renders it, from their subjects, and stir up the latter to rebel against them; at least alienate their affections from them; and pastors of churches from their flocks, and husbands from their wives: and such a man, at last, when found out, separates his best friends from himself, as well as from one another; who drop him as a worthless person, yea, as dangerous to converse with; so sin, that whisperer and agitator, separates between God and men, Isaiah 59:2.

(q) "vir perversitatum", Montanus, Baynus, Schultens; "vir perversitatibus deditus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. (Compare Pr 6:14; 10:31).

whisperer—prater, talebearer (Pr 18:8; 26:20).

Proverbs 16:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
27A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are like scorching fire. 28A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends. 29A man of violence entices his neighbor And leads him in a way that is not good.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:14
who plots evil with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up conflict.

Proverbs 15:18
A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

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

Proverbs 16:29
A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good.

Proverbs 17:9
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 26:20
Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
Treasury of Scripture

A fraudulent man sows strife: and a whisperer separates chief friends.

froward

Proverbs 6:14,19 Frowardness is in his heart, he devises mischief continually; he sows discord…

Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the …

Proverbs 26:20-22 Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, …

Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.

Proverbs 30:33 Surely the churning of milk brings forth butter, and the wringing …

1 Timothy 6:3-5 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even …

James 3:14-16 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, …

soweth

Proverbs 17:9 He that covers a transgression seeks love; but he that repeats a …

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which …

1 Samuel 24:9 And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold, …

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, …

2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …

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