Proverbs 24:2
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New International Version
for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.

New Living Translation
For their hearts plot violence, and their words always stir up trouble.

English Standard Version
for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble.

New American Standard Bible
For their minds devise violence, And their lips talk of trouble.

King James Bible
For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for their hearts plan violence, and their words stir up trouble.

International Standard Version
because they plan violence, and they are always talking about trouble.

NET Bible
for their hearts contemplate violence, and their lips speak harm.

New Heart English Bible
for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about mischief.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because they devise evil in their heart, and their lips speak evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because their minds plot violence, and their lips talk trouble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For their heart studieth destruction, And their lips talk of mischief.

New American Standard 1977
For their minds devise violence,
            And their lips talk of trouble.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For their heart studies robbery, and their lips speak evil.

King James 2000 Bible
For their heart studies destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

American King James Version
For their heart studies destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

American Standard Version
For their heart studieth oppression, And their lips talk of mischief.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because their mind studieth robberies, and their lips speak deceits.

Darby Bible Translation
for their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

English Revised Version
For their heart studieth oppression, and their lips talk of mischief.

Webster's Bible Translation
For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

World English Bible
for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about mischief.

Young's Literal Translation
For destruction doth their heart meditate, And perverseness do their lips speak.
Study Bible
Don’t Be Envious of Evil Men
1Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; 2For their minds devise violence, And their lips talk of trouble. 3By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;…
Cross References
Job 15:35
"They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity, And their mind prepares deception."

Psalm 10:7
His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.

Psalm 38:12
Those who seek my life lay snares for me; And those who seek to injure me have threatened destruction, And they devise treachery all day long.

Proverbs 6:18
A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,

Isaiah 30:12
Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel, "Since you have rejected this word And have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them,

Jeremiah 22:17
"But your eyes and your heart Are intent only upon your own dishonest gain, And on shedding innocent blood And on practicing oppression and extortion."
Treasury of Scripture

For their heart studies destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

Proverbs 24:8 He that devises to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

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

1 Samuel 23:9 And David knew that Saul secretly practiced mischief against him; …

Esther 3:6,7 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had …

Job 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepares deceit.

Psalm 7:14 Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and …

Psalm 10:7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue …

Psalm 28:3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, …

Psalm 36:4 He devises mischief on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is …

Psalm 64:4-6 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot …

Psalm 140:2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered …

Isaiah 59:4 None calls for justice, nor any pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, …

Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, …

Matthew 26:3,4 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the …

Luke 23:20-21 Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spoke again to them…

Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, you child of the …

Verse 2. - For their heart studieth destruction. The grounds of the warning arc here given, as in Proverbs 1:15. "Destruction" (shod); Vulgate, rapinas, "violence" of all kinds, e.g., robbery, murder. Their lips talk of mischief; utter lies and slanders which may injure other people or bring themselves profit. Admiration of such men and intercourse with them must be repugnant to every religious soul. The LXX. refers the verse to evil imaginations issuing in evil talk; "For their heart meditates falsehoods, and their lips speak mischiefs (πόνους)." For their heart studieth destruction,.... To others; to good men, that separate from them, and reprove them, or are in their way; or any ways hinder them in the prosecution of their wicked designs; as Haman's heart studied the destruction of the Jews: or their hearts study to draw men into their destructive methods of living, and therefore should be shunned and avoided. Moreover, their hearts study destruction to themselves; they study what they shall eat and drink, which they pursue to intemperance; and how they shall compass their lewd designs, and which issue in their ruin; destruction and misery are in all the ways they devise and walk in;

and their lips talk of mischief; which they study in their hearts against others; as are their hearts, so are their lips; out of the abundance of the wickedness of their hearts their mouths speak mischievous things; and which, though they design for others, oftentimes fall upon themselves. 2. studieth—meditateth.

talk … mischief—Their expressed purposes are to do evil.24:1,2 Envy not sinners. And let not a desire ever come into thy mind, Oh that I could shake off restraints! 3-6. Piety and prudence in outward affairs, both go together to complete a wise man. By knowledge the soul is filled with the graces and comforts of the spirit, those precious and pleasant riches. The spirit is strengthened for the spiritual work and the spiritual warfare, by true wisdom. 7-9. A weak man thinks wisdom is too high for him, therefore he will take no pains for it. It is bad to do evil, but worse to devise it. Even the first risings of sin in the heart are sin, and must be repented of. Those that strive to make others hateful, make themselves so. 10. Under troubles we are apt to despair of relief. But be of good courage, and God shall strengthen thy heart. 11,12. If a man know that his neighbour is in danger by any unjust proceeding, he is bound to do all in his power to deliver him. And what is it to suffer immortal souls to perish, when our persuasions and example may be the means of preventing it? 13,14. We are quickened to the study of wisdom by considering both the pleasure and the profit of it. All men relish things that are sweet to the palate; but many have no relish for the things that are sweet to the purified soul, and that make us wise unto salvation. 15,16. The sincere soul falls as a traveller may do, by stumbling at some stone in his path; but gets up, and goes on his way with more care and speed. This is rather to be understood of falls into affliction, than falls into actual sin.
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