Proverbs 17:20
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New International Version
One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.

New Living Translation
The crooked heart will not prosper; the lying tongue tumbles into trouble.

English Standard Version
A man of crooked heart does not discover good, and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.

New American Standard Bible
He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.

King James Bible
He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One with a twisted mind will not succeed, and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin.

International Standard Version
The person whose mind is perverse does not find good, and anyone with perverted speech falls into trouble.

NET Bible
The one who has a perverse heart does not find good, and the one who is deceitful in speech falls into trouble.

New Heart English Bible
One who has a perverse heart doesn't find prosperity, and one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that is perverse in his heart will not find good and he that perverts his tongue falls into evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A twisted mind never finds happiness, and one with a devious tongue [repeatedly]gets into trouble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that hath a froward heart findeth no good; And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into evil.

New American Standard 1977
He who has a crooked mind finds no good,
            And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that has a perverse heart shall never find good, and he that stirs up trouble with his tongue shall fall into evil.

King James 2000 Bible
He that has a crooked heart finds no good: and he that has a perverse tongue falls into calamity.

American King James Version
He that has a fraudulent heart finds no good: and he that has a perverse tongue falls into mischief.

American Standard Version
He that hath a wayward heart findeth no good; And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is of a perverse heart, shall not find good: and he that perverteth his tongue, shall fall into evil.

Darby Bible Translation
He that hath a perverse heart findeth no good; and he that shifteth about with his tongue falleth into evil.

English Revised Version
He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

World English Bible
One who has a perverse heart doesn't find prosperity, and one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.

Young's Literal Translation
The perverse of heart findeth not good, And the turned in his tongue falleth into evil.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
19He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction. 20He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil. 21He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.…
Cross References
James 3:8
but no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

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

Proverbs 10:31
The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

Proverbs 24:20
For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
Treasury of Scripture

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Proverbs 10:10,14,31 He that winks with the eye causes sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall…

Proverbs 18:6,7 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes…

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(20) He that hath a froward heart, findeth no good.--For he is an abomination to God (Proverbs 11:20), and so gains no blessing from Him.

Verse 20. - He that hath a froward heart findeth no good. (For "froward," see on Proverbs 11:20; for "find good," on Proverbs 16:20.) The perverse, wilful man shall not prosper, shall win no blessing in his worldly matters, much less in spiritual things. Septuagint, "He who is hard of heart meeteth not with good things." He that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief; literally, he who turns himself about with his tongue, saying one thing at one time and something quite contrary at another. Vulgate, qui vertit linguam; Septuagint, ἀνὴρ εὐμετάβολος γλώσσῃ, "easily changed in tongue" (comp. Proverbs 8:13; Proverbs 10:31, where the word is different). "Mischief" (ra) "is trouble," "calamity," as in Proverbs 13:17. Speaking of the various aspects which words may assume, Cato ('Dist.,' 4:20) says -

"Sermo hominum mores et celat et indicat idem."

"Man's words his character reveal,
But often they his mind conceal?
He that hath a froward heart findeth no good,.... Who is of a perverse spirit, meditates and devises evil things; is not ingenuous and sincere, but false and deceitful to God and men: such an one gets no good from either; he obtains not the favour of God, nor a good name, credit, and reputation among men;

and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief; or "that turns himself", or "is turned in his tongue" (w); whose tongue is changeable, as the Septuagint and Arabic versions; who sometimes says one thing, and sometimes another, and is not consistent with himself; as well as is contrary to all men: sooner or later he falls into mischief, into a pit, which he himself has dug for others; see James 3:6.

(w) "qui verterit se", Pagninus; "et verteus se in lingua sua", Montanus; "qui vertitur in lingua sua". Mercerus, Gejerus. 20. The second clause advances on the first. The ill-natured fail of good, and the cavilling and fault-finding incur evil.17:19. If we would keep a clear conscience and a quiet mind, we must shun all excitements to anger. And a man who affects a style of living above his means, goes the way to ruin. 20. There is nothing got by ill designs. And many have paid dear for an unbridled tongue. 21. This speaks very plainly what many wise and good men feel very strongly, how grievous it is to have a foolish, wicked child. 22. It is great mercy that God gives us leave to be cheerful, and cause to be cheerful, if by his grace he gives us hearts to be cheerful. 23. The wicked are ready to part with their money, though loved, that they may not suffer for their crimes. 24. The prudent man keeps the word of God continually in view. But the foolish man cannot fix his thoughts, nor pursue any purpose with steadiness. 25. Wicked children despise the authority of their father, and the tenderness of their mother. 26. It is very wrong to find fault for doing what is duty. 27,28. A man may show himself to be a wise man, by the good temper of his mind, and by the good government of his tongue. He is careful when he does speak, to speak to the purpose. God knows his heart, and the folly that is bound there; therefore he cannot be deceived in his judgment as men may be.
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