Proverbs 26:25
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New International Version
Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts.

New Living Translation
They pretend to be kind, but don't believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils.

English Standard Version
when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart;

New American Standard Bible
When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart.

King James Bible
When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When he speaks graciously, don't believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.

International Standard Version
Though he speaks graciously, don't believe him, for there are seven detestable things in his heart.

NET Bible
When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations within him.

New Heart English Bible
When his speech is charming, do not believe him; for there are seven abominations in his heart.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if he makes his voice gentle, do not believe him, because seven evils are within him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When he talks charmingly, do not trust him because of the seven disgusting things in his heart.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When he speaketh fair, Believe him not; For there are seven abominations in his heart.

New American Standard 1977
When he speaks graciously, do not believe him,
            For there are seven abominations in his heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
when he speaks fair, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.

King James 2000 Bible
When he speaks graciously, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

American King James Version
When he speaks fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

American Standard Version
When he speaketh fair, believe him not; For there are seven abominations in his heart:

Douay-Rheims Bible
When he shall speak low, trust him not: because there are seven mischiefs in his heart.

Darby Bible Translation
when his voice is gracious, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart.

English Revised Version
When he speaketh fair, believe him not; for there are seven abominations in his heart:

Webster's Bible Translation
When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

World English Bible
When his speech is charming, don't believe him; for there are seven abominations in his heart.

Young's Literal Translation
When his voice is gracious trust not in him, For seven abominations are in his heart.
Study Bible
Similitudes and Instructions
24He who hates disguises it with his lips, But he lays up deceit in his heart. 25When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart. 26Though his hatred covers itself with guile, His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.…
Cross References
Psalm 28:3
Do not drag me away with the wicked And with those who work iniquity, Who speak peace with their neighbors, While evil is in their hearts.

Proverbs 23:7
For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink!" But his heart is not with you.

Proverbs 26:23
Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart.

Jeremiah 9:4
"Let everyone be on guard against his neighbor, And do not trust any brother; Because every brother deals craftily, And every neighbor goes about as a slanderer.

Jeremiah 9:8
"Their tongue is a deadly arrow; It speaks deceit; With his mouth one speaks peace to his neighbor, But inwardly he sets an ambush for him.

Jeremiah 12:6
"For even your brothers and the household of your father, Even they have dealt treacherously with you, Even they have cried aloud after you. Do not believe them, although they may say nice things to you."
Treasury of Scripture

When he speaks fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

speaketh fair or maketh his voice gracious

Psalm 12:2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips …

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

Jeremiah 9:2-8 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; …

Micah 7:5 Trust you not in a friend, put you not confidence in a guide: keep …

believe

Jeremiah 12:6 For even your brothers, and the house of your father, even they have …

Matthew 24:23 Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

seven

Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things does the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination to him…

(25) Seven abominations.--See above on Proverbs 26:16, and comp. "seven spirits" (Matthew 12:45) and "seven devils" (Mark 16:9).

Verse 25. - When he speaketh fair, believe him not. When he lowers his voice to a winning, agreeable tone, put no trust in him. Septuagint, "If thine enemy entreat thee with a loud voice, be not persuaded." For there are seven abominations in his heart. His heart is filled with a host of evil thoughts (see on ver. 16), as if seven devils had entered in and dwelt there (Matthew 12:45; Mark 16:9). Ecclus. 12:10, etc. "Never trust thine enemy; for like as iron rusteth, so is his wickedness. Though he humble himself, and go crouching, yet take good heed and beware of him." Plato's verdict concerning hypocrisy is often quoted, Ἐσχάτη ἀδικία δοκεῖν δίκαιον εϊναι μὴ ὄντα "It is the very worst form of injustice to appear to be just without being so in reality" ('De Rep.,' 2, p. 361, A). With this Cicero agrees ('De Offic.,' 1:13), "Totius injustitiae nulla capitalior est quam eorum, qui tum cum maxime fallunt id agunt ut viri boni esse videantur." When he speaketh fair, believe him not,.... Gives good words, flatters with his lips, pretends great kindness and favour, expresses himself in a very gracious and amiable manner, in order to gain attention and respect; or when he delivers himself in a submissive and suppliant way, with great humility and deference; or in a mournful and pitiful strain, as if he had the most tender affection and concern; be not too credulous; do not suffer yourselves to be imposed upon by him; be upon your guard, distrust him, suspect a snake in the grass;

for there are seven abominations in his heart; a multitude of wicked purposes, schemes, and designs, which he has formed there against you, and which he only waits a proper time to put in execution; things abominable to God and men. Aben Ezra thinks reference is had to the seven abominations in Proverbs 6:16. 25. Sentiment of Pr 26:24 carried out.

seven abominations in his heart—that is, very many (compare Pr 24:16).26:24-26. Always distrust when a man speaks fair unless you know him well. Satan, in his temptations, speaks fair, as he did to Eve; but it is madness to give credit to him. 27. What pains men take to do mischief to others! but it is digging a pit, it is rolling a stone, hard work; and they prepare mischief to themselves. 28. There are two sorts of lies equally detestable. A slandering lie, the mischief of this every body sees. A flattering lie, which secretly works ruin. A wise man will be more afraid of a flatterer than of a slanderer.
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