Proverbs 26:22
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New International Version
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.

New Living Translation
Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one's heart.

English Standard Version
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

New American Standard Bible
The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

King James Bible
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A gossip's words are like choice food that goes down to one's innermost being.

International Standard Version
The words of a gossip are like delicate morsels; they sink down deep within.

NET Bible
The words of a gossip are like delicious morsels; they go down into a person's innermost being.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The words of the malicious stir up strife and they go down to the inner chambers of the heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The words of a gossip are swallowed greedily, and they go down into a person's innermost being.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The words of a talebearer seem smooth, but they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

King James 2000 Bible
The words of a talebearer are tasty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

American King James Version
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

American Standard Version
The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of a talebearer are as it were simple, but they reach to the innermost parts of the belly.

Darby Bible Translation
The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

English Revised Version
The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

World English Bible
The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, they go down into the innermost parts.

Young's Literal Translation
The words of a tale-bearer are as self-inflicted wounds, And they have gone down to the inner parts of the heart.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:2. He that is cursed without cause, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head. 3. Every creature must be dealt with according to its nature, but careless and profligate sinners never will be ruled by reason and persuasion. Man indeed is born like the wild ass's colt; but some, by the grace of God, are changed. 4,5. We are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate. 6-9. Fools are not fit to be trusted, nor to have any honour. Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness. 10. This verse may either declare how the Lord, the Creator of all men, will deal with sinners according to their guilt, or, how the powerful among men should disgrace and punish the wicked. 11. The dog is a loathsome emblem of those sinners who return to their vices, 2Pe 2:22. 12. We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it. This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad. 13. The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour. But it is foolish to frighten ourselves from real duties by fancied difficulties. This may be applied to a man slothful in the duties of religion. 14. Having seen the slothful man in fear of his work, here we find him in love with his ease. Bodily ease is the sad occasion of many spiritual diseases. He does not care to get forward with his business. Slothful professors turn thus. The world and the flesh are hinges on which they are hung; and though they move in a course of outward services, yet they are not the nearer to heaven. 15. The sluggard is now out of his bed, but he might have lain there, for any thing he is likely to bring to pass in his work. It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot. Those that are slothful in religion, will not be at the pains to feed their souls with the bread of life, nor to fetch in promised blessings by prayer. 16. He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master, and that his labour shall not be in vain. 17. To make ourselves busy in other men's matters, is to thrust ourselves into temptation. 18,19. He that sins in jest, must repent in earnest, or his sin will be his ruin. 20-22. Contention heats the spirit, and puts families and societies into a flame. And that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning by whisperers and backbiters. 23. A wicked heart disguising itself, is like a potsherd covered with the dross of silver.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - (See Proverbs 18:8, where the gnome occurs.) Septuagint, "The words of knaves (κερκώπων) are soft, but they strike to the secret chambers of the bowels."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. These expressions are the same with those in Proverbs 18:8; and are here repeated, as being found along with others by the men of Hezekiah, Proverbs 25:1; as some others likewise are; and also because of the importance of them; and to impress the minds of men with a sense of the evil of such a practice, that they may shun it, and avoid those that are given to it. See Gill on Proverbs 18:8.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. (Compare Pr 18:8).

Proverbs 26:22 Additional Commentaries
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21Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife. 22The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body. 23Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart.…
Cross References
Leviticus 19:16
"'Do not go about spreading slander among your people. "'Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor's life. I am the LORD.

Proverbs 18:8
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
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