Proverbs 8:13
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New International Version
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

New Living Translation
All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.

English Standard Version
The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

New American Standard Bible
"The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.

King James Bible
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
To fear the LORD is to hate evil. I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech.

International Standard Version
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. Pride, arrogance, an evil lifestyle, and perverted speech I despise.

NET Bible
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride and the evil way and perverse utterances.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“The worship of Lord Jehovah is hating evil; pomp, pride, the evil way, and the perverse mouth, I hate.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
To fear the LORD is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and twisted speech.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride, arrogancy, the evil way, and the perverse mouth, do I hate.

King James 2000 Bible
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth, do I hate.

American King James Version
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the fraudulent mouth, do I hate.

American Standard Version
The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil: Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, And the perverse mouth, do I hate.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The fear of the Lord hateth evil: I hate arrogance, and pride, and every wicked way, and a mouth with a double tongue.

Darby Bible Translation
The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil; pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth do I hate.

English Revised Version
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Webster's Bible Translation
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

World English Bible
The fear of Yahweh is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil; Pride, and arrogance, and an evil way, And a froward mouth, I have hated.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:12-21 Wisdom, here is Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ in the heart; not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in us. All prudence and skill are from the Lord. Through the redemption of Christ's precious blood, the riches of his grace abound in all wisdom and prudence. Man found out many inventions for ruin; God found one for our recovery. He hates pride and arrogance, evil ways and froward conversation; these render men unwilling to hear his humbling, awakening, holy instructions. True religion gives men the best counsel in all difficult cases, and helps to make their way plain. His wisdom makes all truly happy who receive it in the love of Christ Jesus. Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing else. Christ never said, Seek in vain. Those who love Christ, are such as have seen his loveliness, and have had his love shed abroad in their hearts; therefore they are happy. They shall be happy in this world, or in that which is beyond compare better. Wealth gotten by vanity will soon be diminished, but that which is well got, will wear well; and that which is well spent upon works of piety and charity, will be lasting. If they have not riches and honour in this world, they shall have that which is infinitely better. They shall be happy in the grace of God. Christ, by his Spirit, guides believers into all truth, and so leads them in the way of righteousness; and they walk after the Spirit. Also, they shall be happy in the glory of God hereafter. In Wisdom's promises, believers have goods laid up, not for days and years, but for eternity; her fruit therefore is better than gold.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Wisdom here enunciates the proposition which is the foundation of all her teaching, only here, as it were, on the reverse side, net as the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10), but as the hatred of evil; she then proceeds to particularize the evil which the Lord hates. Taking the clause in this sense, we have no need to alter the persons and forms of the verbs to "I fear the Lord, I hate evil," as Dathe and others suggest; still less to suppress the whole paragraph as a late insertion. These violent measures are arbitrary and quite unnecessary, the present text allowing a natural and sufficient exposition. There can be no fellowship between light and darkness; he who serves the Lord must renounce the works of the devil. Pride and arrogancy, which are opposed to the sovereign virtue of humility, are the first sins which Wisdom names. These are among the things which the Lord is said to hate (Proverbs 6:17, etc.). "Initium omnis peccati est superbia" (Ecclus. 10:15, Vet. Lat.). The evil way; i.e. sins of conduct, "way" being, as commonly, equivalent to "manner of life." The froward mouth; literally, mouth of perverseness, sins of speech (see on Proverbs 2:12; and comp. 10:31); Vulgate, os bilingue.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil,.... All evil in general, evil thoughts, evil words, evil actions, evil company, evil worship, and evil doctrines; and by "the fear of the Lord", which shows itself in an hatred of evil, because of the loathsome nature of it, and being contrary to God and his will, and as it appears in the glass of the law, and especially in the glass of pardoning love, is meant not the fear of his judgments and wrath, or a distrust of his grace and goodness, much less an hypocritical fear, or a mere show of devotion; but a reverential affection for him, which is peculiar to children; a filial, godly fear, which is consistent with strong faith, great joy, and true courage; and is opposite to pride and self-confidence, and is accompanied with real holiness; it takes its rise from the grace of God, and is greatly increased and promoted by the discoveries of his love and goodness: this is brought into the account and description of wisdom, to distinguish it from carnal wisdom; to commend wisdom from its holiness; for this the beginning of wisdom, yea, wisdom itself, Job 28:28;

pride and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate; these are the particulars of evil, which Wisdom, or Christ, declares his hatred of. "Pride", which appears in men in thinking too highly of themselves, in speaking too well of themselves, in despising others, in setting up and trusting to their own righteousness for salvation, and in crying up the purity and power of human nature; this is very contrary to the spirit of the meek and lowly Jesus, and must be hateful to him: "arrogancy" differs little from pride, and the two words in the Hebrew are very much the same, very little differ; it is an ascribing that to a man's self which does not belong to him, whether in things natural, civil, or spiritual; when men attribute their justification and salvation to their own works, it is arrogancy, and must be hateful to Christ; who been at so much pains and expense to bring in everlasting righteousness, and work out salvation for men: it is the height of arrogancy in a man to conceit he a power to regenerate, renew, and convert himself, and, with the haughty Arminian, Grevinchovius, to say, he has made himself to differ from others; this must be hateful to Christ, by whose Spirit and grace this only is done: and it is a piece of arrogancy when men ascribe all the good works done by them to their own power, when without Christ they can do nothing; which therefore must be displeasing to him. "The evil way", as Aben Ezra observes, is an evil custom and course of sinning; a man's own way, which he chooses and delights in, and which leads to destruction: "and the froward mouth" is the mouth that speaks perverse things; things contrary to a man's own heart, contrary to truth, to the rule of the divine word, to the Gospel, to Christ and his people, and to all men; which must be hateful and abominable to him who is truth itself.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. For such is the effect of the fear of God, by which hatred to evil preserves from it.

froward mouth—or, "speech" (Pr 2:12; 6:14).

Proverbs 8:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Excellence of Wisdom
12"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion. 13"The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate. 14"Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:3
"Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.

Job 1:1
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Psalm 97:10
Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

Proverbs 6:12
A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,

Proverbs 15:9
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

Proverbs 16:6
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.

Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Isaiah 13:11
I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
Treasury of Scripture

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the fraudulent mouth, do I hate.

the fear

Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD …

Psalm 97:10 You that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his …

Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them …

Psalm 119:104,128 Through your precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way…

Amos 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate…

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

pride

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

1 Samuel 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogance come out of …

Psalm 5:4,5 For you are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness: neither shall …

Psalm 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet has he respect to the lowly: but the …

Zechariah 8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor; …

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

the froward

Proverbs 4:24 Put away from you a fraudulent mouth, and perverse lips put far from you.

Proverbs 6:12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walks with a fraudulent mouth.

Proverbs 10:31 The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom: but the fraudulent tongue …

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