Proverbs 26:23
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New International Version
Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.

New Living Translation
Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.

English Standard Version
Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart.

New American Standard Bible
Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart.

King James Bible
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Smooth lips with an evil heart are like glaze on an earthen vessel.

International Standard Version
A clay vessel plated with a thin veneer of silver— that's what smooth lips with a wicked heart are.

NET Bible
Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.

New Heart English Bible
Like silver dross on an earthen vessel are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like tried silver plated over a clay vessel, so are fiery lips and an evil heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] a clay pot covered with cheap silver, [so] is smooth talk that covers up an evil heart.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Burning lips and a wicked heart Are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

New American Standard 1977
Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross
            Are burning lips and a wicked heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

King James 2000 Bible
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

American King James Version
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

American Standard Version
Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Swelling lips joined with a corrupt heart, are like an earthen vessel adorned with silver dross.

Darby Bible Translation
Ardent lips, and a wicked heart, are [as] an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

English Revised Version
Fervent lips and a wicked heart are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

Webster's Bible Translation
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

World English Bible
Like silver dross on an earthen vessel are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.

Young's Literal Translation
Silver of dross spread over potsherd, Are burning lips and an evil heart.
Study Bible
Similitudes and Instructions
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. 24He who hates disguises it with his lips, But he lays up deceit in his heart.…
Cross References
Matthew 23:27
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and every impurity.

Luke 11:39
"Now then," said the Lord, "you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.

Proverbs 25:4
Take away the dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the smith;

Proverbs 26:25
When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart.
Treasury of Scripture

Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

that is ardent professions of friendship from a wicked heart, however smooth shining and splendid they may appear, are like a vile vessel covered over with base metal

Proverbs 10:18 He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.

2 Samuel 20:9,10 And Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And Joab took …

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Luke 22:47,48 And while he yet spoke, behold a multitude, and he that was called …

(23) Burning lips--i.e., burning with love, while there is an evil heart within.

A potsherd covered with silver dross.--Pottery glazed with dross of silver, a well-known method of ornamentation. For similar proverbs, comp. Matthew 23:27; Luke 11:39.

Verse 23. - The next proverbs are concerned with hypocrisy. The Hebrew denotes the comparison simply by position (see on Proverbs 25:11), thus: An earthen vessel (or, potsherd) overlaid with silver dross - growing lips and a wicked heart. So called "silver dross" is litharge, an oxide of lead used to this day to put a glaze on pottery (comp. Ecclus. 38:30). The comparatively worthless article is thus made to assume a fine appearance. Thus lips that seem to burn with affection, and give the kiss of glowing, love, may mask a heart filled with envy and hatred Judas kisses and words of friendship hide the bad feelings that lurk within. Septuagint, "Silver given with guile is to be considered as a potsherd; smooth (λεῖα) lips hide a grievous heart" (comp. Matthew 23:27). Burning lips, and a wicked heart,.... Either burning with wrath and malice; breathing out threatenings and slaughter; pursuing men with reproaches and slanders, arising from a wicked heart: or rather, burning with profession of love to God, and affection to good men; with great pretensions of kindness, and promises of good things, when their hearts are wicked, and they design noticing less; say one thing with their lips, with the greatest show of affection and sincerity, and mean another in their hearts. These

are like a potsherd covered with silver dross: which at a distance, or to less discerning persons, looks like silver, and is taken for it; when the covering is only dross, and what is within is only a potsherd, Or a piece of an earthen vessel, good for nothing: such are the specious professions and deceitful words, which flow from a wicked heart. 23. Warm professions can no more give value to insincerity than silver coating to rude earthenware.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.
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