Proverbs 29:5
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New International Version
Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.

New Living Translation
To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet.

English Standard Version
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

New American Standard Bible
A man who flatters his neighbor Is spreading a net for his steps.

King James Bible
A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

International Standard Version
A strong man who flatters his neighbor is setting a trap where he walks.

NET Bible
The one who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his steps.

New Heart English Bible
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A man that is duplicitous with his neighbor spreads a net for his steps.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person who flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for him to step into.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A man that flattereth his neighbour Spreadeth a net for his steps.

New American Standard 1977
A man who flatters his neighbor
            Is spreading a net for his steps.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The man that flatters his neighbour spreads a net for his feet.

King James 2000 Bible
A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

American King James Version
A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

American Standard Version
A man that flattereth his neighbor Spreadeth a net for his steps.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man that speaketh to his friend with flattering and dissembling words, spreadeth a net for his feet.

Darby Bible Translation
A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his steps.

English Revised Version
A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his steps.

Webster's Bible Translation
A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet.

World English Bible
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

Young's Literal Translation
A man taking a portion above his neighbour, Spreadeth a net for his own steps.
Study Bible
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
4The king gives stability to the land by justice, But a man who takes bribes overthrows it. 5A man who flatters his neighbor Is spreading a net for his steps. 6By transgression an evil man is ensnared, But the righteous sings and rejoices.…
Cross References
Psalm 5:9
There is nothing reliable in what they say; Their inward part is destruction itself. Their throat is an open grave; They flatter with their tongue.

Psalm 36:2
For it flatters him in his own eyes Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it.

Proverbs 26:28
A lying tongue hates those it crushes, And a flattering mouth works ruin.

Proverbs 28:23
He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor Than he who flatters with the tongue.
Treasury of Scripture

A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

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Proverbs 7:5,21 That they may keep you from the strange woman, from the stranger …

Proverbs 20:19 He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle …

Proverbs 26:24,25,28 He that hates dissembles with his lips, and lays up deceit within him…

2 Samuel 14:17 Then your handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be …

Job 17:5 He that speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children …

Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is …

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

1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor …

spreadeth

Proverbs 1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

Lamentations 1:13 From above has he sent fire into my bones, and it prevails against …

Hosea 5:1 Hear you this, O priests; and listen, you house of Israel; and give …

Luke 20:20,21 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves …

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

Verse 5. - A man that flattereth his neighbour; says only what is agreeable, applauds his words and actions indiscriminately, and makes him think too well of himself he is no true friend (see Proverbs 28:23). Spreadeth a net for his feet; his stops (Proverbs 26:28; Job 18:8, etc.). If a man listens to such flattering words, and is influenced by them, he works his own ruin; self-deceived, he knows not his real condition, and accordingly makes grievous disaster of his life. The LXX. gives a different turn to the sentence, "He that prepareth a net before his friend entangles his own feet therein" (comp. Proverbs 26:27; Proverbs 28:10). A man that flattereth his neighbour,.... That speaks smooth things to him gives him flattering titles, speaks fair to his face, highly commends him on one account or another:

spreadeth a net for his feet; has an idle design upon him, and therefore should be guarded against; his view is to draw him into a snare and make a prey of him; he attacks him on his weak side, and hopes to make some advantage of it to himself; wherefore flatterers should be avoided as pernicious persons; or he spreads a net for his own feet, and is taken in the snare which he had laid for his neighbour; or falls into the pit he dug for him, as Gersom observes; see Psalm 140:5. 5. (Compare Pr 26:28).

spreadeth … feet—By misleading him as to his real character, the flatterer brings him to evil, prepared by himself or others.29:1 If God wounds, who can heal? The word of God warns all to flee from the wrath to come, to the hope set before us in Jesus Christ. 2. The people have cause to rejoice or mourn, as their rulers are righteous or wicked. 3. Divine wisdom best keeps us from ruinous lusts. 4. The Lord Jesus is the King who will minister true judgment to the people. 5. Flatterers put men off their guard, which betrays them into foolish conduct. 6. Transgressions always end in vexations. Righteous men walk at liberty, and walk in safety. 7. This verse is applicable to compassion for the distress of the poor, and the unfeeling disregard shown by the wicked. 8. The scornful mock at things sacred and serious. Men who promote religion, which is true wisdom, turn away the wrath of God. 9. If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler, he will be treated with anger or ridicule; and no good is done. 10. Christ told his disciples that they should be hated of all men. The just, whom the blood-thirsty hate, gladly do any thing for their salvation.
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