Proverbs 6:17
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New International Version
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,

New Living Translation
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent,

English Standard Version
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

New American Standard Bible
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,

King James Bible
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,

International Standard Version
Arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, and hands shedding innocent blood;

NET Bible
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lofty eyes and the false tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people,

Jubilee Bible 2000
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

King James 2000 Bible
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

American King James Version
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

American Standard Version
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,

Darby Bible Translation
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood;

English Revised Version
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood;

Webster's Bible Translation
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.

World English Bible
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood;

Young's Literal Translation
Eyes high -- tongues false -- And hands shedding innocent blood --
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:12-19 If the slothful are to be condemned, who do nothing, much more those that do all the ill they can. Observe how such a man is described. He says and does every thing artfully, and with design. His ruin shall come without warning, and without relief. Here is a list of things hateful to God. Those sins are in a special manner provoking to God, which are hurtful to the comfort of human life. These things which God hates, we must hate in ourselves; it is nothing to hate them in others. Let us shun all such practices, and watch and pray against them; and avoid, with marked disapproval, all who are guilty of them, whatever may be their rank.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - The enumeration begins with pride. A proud look (Hebrew, eynayim ramoth); literally, haughty or lofty eyes, as in the margin; Vulgate, oculos sublimes; LXX., ὀφθάλμὸς ὑβριστοῦ. It is not merely the look which is meant, but the temper of mind which the look expresses (Wardlaw). The lofty look is the indication of the swelling pride which fills the heart, the mentis elatae tumor, the supreme disdain, grande supercilium, for everything and everybody. Pride is put first, because it is at the bottom of all disobedience and rebellion against God's laws. It is the very opposite of humility, which the apostle, in Ephesians 4:2, mentions as the basis, as it were, of all the virtues. All pride is intended, and the face of the Lord is against this pride. He "resisteth the proud;" he "knoweth them afar off;" he "hath respect unto the lowly;" he "will bring down high looks" (Psalm 18:27); he judgeth those that are high (Job 21:22). It is against this spirit that Job prays Jehovah "to behold every one that is proud, and abase him," and "to look upon every one that is proud, and bring him low" (Job 40:11, 12). The next thing in the enumeration is a lying tongue. Lying is hateful to God, because he is the God of truth. In a concise form the expression, "a lying tongue," represents what has been already said in vers. 12 and 13 of "the wicked man" who "walks with a froward mouth," and whose conduct is made up of deceit. Lying is the wilful perversion of truth, not only by speech, but by any means whatever whereby a false impression is conveyed to the mind. The liar "sticks not at any lies, flatteries, or calumnies" (Patrick). Lying is elsewhere denounced as the subject which excites the Divine displeasure (see Psalm 5:6; Psalm 120:3, 4; Hosea 4:1-3; Revelation 21:8, 27); and in the early Christian Church, in the case of Ananias and Sapphira, it was punished with death. On the subject of lying, see St. Augustine, 'Enchiridion,' c. 18, wherein he says, "Mihi autem videtur peccatum quidem esse omne mendacium." Every lie is a sin. The third thing is hands that shed innocent blood, i.e. a murderous and cruel disposition, which, rather than have its plans frustrated, will imbue the hands with innocent blood, i.e. the blood of those who have done it no injury. The Divine command is, "Thou shall do no murder," and those who break it will find, even if they escape man, that the Lord is "the avenger of blood," and that he "maketh inquisition" for it (cf. ch. 1. and 2, and Isaiah 59:7, which bear a close resemblance to this passage). That the shedding of innocent blood cues for vengeance, and pulls down God's heavy judgments on the murderer, appears in the case of Cain and Abel (Muffet).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A proud look,.... Or, "eyes elated" (d); scorning to look down upon others; or looking upon them with disdain; or reckoning them as unworthy to be looked upon, having an high opinion of their own worth and merit. Pride is the first of the hateful things mentioned; it being the first sin committed, as is probable, the sin of the angels, and of the first man; and is a predominant evil in human nature, and is directly opposite to God and to his nature, and against which he sets himself; for "he resisteth the proud", James 4:6; the pride of the heart shows itself in the eyes, or by the looks of a man; Gersom says, the phrase denotes impudence and haughtiness;

a lying tongue; that is the second of the hateful things; a tongue speaking falsehood, knowingly and willingly, with an intention to deceive others; to hurt the character of a neighbour, or to flatter a friend, is a most detestable evil; it ought to be so to men, it must be so to God, who is a God of truth: nor is there anything in which a man more resembles the devil, who is the father of lies;

and hands that shed innocent blood; human blood; and that of persons who have not been guilty of any capital sin, for which they ought to die by the laws of God or men, and yet shed or poured out as common water; such hands must be defiled, and such men must be hateful to God, they destroying his image, and being like to the devil, who was a murderer from the beginning. These "three" sins are plainly to be seen in the son of Belial, antichrist, who exalts himself above all that is called God, the kings and princes of the earth; he and his followers speak lies in hypocrisy; and is the whore that is drunk with the blood of the saints, 2 Thessalonians 2:4.

(d) "oculi clati", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. proud look—literally, "eyes of loftiness" (Ps 131:1). Eyes, tongue, &c., for persons.

Proverbs 6:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Warnings against Foolishness
16There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 19:10
Do this so that innocent blood will not be shed in your land, which the LORD your God is giving you as your inheritance, and so that you will not be guilty of bloodshed.

Psalm 18:27
You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

Psalm 31:18
Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

Psalm 101:5
Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate.

Psalm 120:2
Save me, LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.

Proverbs 1:16
for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.

Proverbs 6:16
There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:

Proverbs 12:22
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

Proverbs 17:7
Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

Proverbs 21:4
Haughty eyes and a proud heart-- the unplowed field of the wicked--produce sin.

Proverbs 28:17
Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.

Proverbs 30:13
those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful;

Isaiah 1:15
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!

Isaiah 59:7
Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. They pursue evil schemes; acts of violence mark their ways.

Jeremiah 26:15
Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, for in truth the LORD has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing."
Treasury of Scripture

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

a proud look

Proverbs 30:13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids …

Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after …

Psalm 18:27 For you will save the afflicted people; but will bring down high looks.

Psalm 73:6-8 Therefore pride compasses them about as a chain; violence covers …

Psalm 101:5 Whoever privately slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him …

Psalm 131:1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise …

Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men …

Isaiah 3:9,16 The show of their countenance does witness against them; and they …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

lying

Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly …

Proverbs 14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering …

Psalm 5:6 You shall destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the …

Psalm 120:2,3 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue…

Hosea 4:1,2 Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel: for the LORD has …

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

and hands

Proverbs 1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk …

Deuteronomy 27:25 Cursed be he that takes reward to slay an innocent person. And all …

2 Kings 24:4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem …

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Isaiah 59:3-6 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; …

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