Proverbs 19:28
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New International Version
A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

New Living Translation
A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice; the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

English Standard Version
A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

New American Standard Bible
A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.

King James Bible
An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A worthless witness mocks justice, and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.

International Standard Version
A corrupt witness mocks justice, and the wicked person feeds on iniquity.

NET Bible
A crooked witness scorns justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

New Heart English Bible
A corrupt witness mocks justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An evil witness is loud in judgment, and the mouth of the evil swallows him up.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A worthless witness mocks justice, and the mouths of wicked people swallow up trouble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
An ungodly witness mocketh at right; And the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

New American Standard 1977
A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice,
            And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A witness of Belial shall scorn judgment, and the mouth of the wicked shall cover iniquity.

King James 2000 Bible
An ungodly witness scorns judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

American King James Version
An ungodly witness scorns judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

American Standard Version
A worthless witness mocketh at justice; And the mouth of the wicked swalloweth iniquity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
An unjust witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
A witness of Belial scorneth judgment, and the mouth of the wicked swalloweth down iniquity.

English Revised Version
A worthless witness mocketh at judgment: and the mouth of the wicked swalloweth iniquity.

Webster's Bible Translation
An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

World English Bible
A corrupt witness mocks justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity.

Young's Literal Translation
A worthless witness scorneth judgment, And the mouth of the wicked swalloweth iniquity.
Study Bible
Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
27Cease listening, my son, to discipline, And you will stray from the words of knowledge. 28A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity. 29Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And blows for the back of fools.…
Cross References
Job 15:16
How much less one who is detestable and corrupt, Man, who drinks iniquity like water!

Job 20:12
"Though evil is sweet in his mouth And he hides it under his tongue,

Job 20:13
Though he desires it and will not let it go, But holds it in his mouth,

Job 34:7
"What man is like Job, Who drinks up derision like water,

Proverbs 19:27
Cease listening, my son, to discipline, And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Treasury of Scripture

An ungodly witness scorns judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

an ungodly witness or a witness of Belial

1 Kings 21:10,13 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against …

Acts 6:11-13 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous …

scorneth

Psalm 10:5,11 His ways are always grievous; your judgments are far above out of …

Isaiah 28:14-18 Why hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, that rule this people …

Luke 18:2-4 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither …

the

Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the …

Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinks iniquity like water?

Job 20:12,13 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue…

Job 34:7 What man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water?

Hosea 4:8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

(28) An ungodly (worthless) witness scorneth judgment.--Despises the orders of the Law to avoid perjury (Exodus 20:16; Leviticus 5:1). (Comp. 1Kings 8:31).

The mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.--As a dainty morsel. (Comp. Proverbs 18:8.)

Verse 28. - An ungodly (worthless) witness scorneth judgment; derides the Law which denounces perjury and compels a witness to speak truth (Exodus 20:16; Leviticus 5:1), and, as is implied he bears false testimony, thus proving himself "a witness of Belial," according to the Hebrew term. Septuagint, "He who becometh security for a foolish child outrages judgment." The mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity; swallows it eagerly as a toothsome morsel (Proverbs 18:8). So we have in Job 15:16,"A man that drinketh iniquity like water" (see on Proverbs 26:6). Such a man will lie and slander with the utmost pleasure, living and battening on wickedness. Septuagint, "The mouth of the impious drinketh judgments (κρίσεις)," i.e. boldly transgresses the Law. An ungodly witness scorneth judgment,.... Or, "a witness of Belial" (z). A false witness is not awed by the place of judgment where he is; nor by the judge before whom he is; nor by the law, the rule of judgment, nor by the punishment of perjury; he scorns all these, and scoffs at them, and proceeds in bearing a false testimony: or he covers that which is right and just, and eludes judgment by specious and sophistic arguments and pretences. Or this may be understood of a false teacher, that scorns the rule of judgment, or colours over things, to make them plausible, and seem to be agreeable to it;

and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity; greedily, and with pleasure commits it; as a hungry man takes in his food; or a thirsty man drinks down water: and in like manner are false doctrines imbibed by men of perverse minds.

(z) "testis Belijahal", Montanus, Tigurine version, Baynus. 28. ungodly witness—(Compare Margin), one false by bad principles (compare Pr 6:12).

scorneth judgment—sets at naught the dictates of justice.

devoureth—literally, "swalloweth," as something delightful.19:27. It is the wisdom of young men to dread hearing such talk as puts loose and evil principles into the mind. 28. Those are the worst of sinners, who are glad of an opportunity to sin.
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