Proverbs 17:4
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New International Version
A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

New Living Translation
Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander.

English Standard Version
An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

New American Standard Bible
An evildoer listens to wicked lips; A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

King James Bible
A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wicked person listens to malicious talk; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

International Standard Version
Whoever practices evil pays attention to wicked speech, and the liar listens to malicious talk.

NET Bible
One who acts wickedly pays attention to evil counsel; a liar listens to a malicious tongue.

New Heart English Bible
An evildoer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An evil man listens to the lips of the wicked, and the righteous does not hear the tongue of the wicked.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
An evildoer pays attention to wicked lips. A liar opens his ears to a slanderous tongue.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; And a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

New American Standard 1977
An evildoer listens to wicked lips,
            A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

Jubilee Bible 2000
An evil doer gives heed to false lips, and a liar gives ear to the tongue which curses.

King James 2000 Bible
A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

American King James Version
A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; and a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue.

American Standard Version
An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; And a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The evil man obeyeth an unjust tongue: and the deceitful hearkeneth to lying lips.

Darby Bible Translation
The evil-doer giveth heed to iniquitous lips; the liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

English Revised Version
An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; and a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

Webster's Bible Translation
A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips: and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

World English Bible
An evildoer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

Young's Literal Translation
An evil doer is attentive to lips of vanity, Falsehood is giving ear to a mischievous tongue.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
17:4. Flatterers, especially false teachers, are welcome to those that live in sin. 5. Those that laugh at poverty, treat God's providence and precepts with contempt. 6. It is an honour to children to have wise and godly parents continued to them, even after they are grown up and settled in the world. 7. A fool, in Solomon's Proverbs, signifies a wicked man, whom excellent speech does not become, because his conversation contradicts it.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
3The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts. 4An evildoer listens to wicked lips; A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. 5He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.…
Cross References
Job 16:11
"God hands me over to ruffians And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.

Proverbs 14:15
The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.
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