Proverbs 16:27
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English Standard Version
A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

King James Bible
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

American Standard Version
A worthless man deviseth mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked man diggeth evil, and in his lips is a burning fire.

English Revised Version
A worthless man deviseth mischief: and in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Four proverbs of wisdom with eloquence:

21 The wise in heart is called prudent,

     And grace of the lips increaseth learning.

Elsewhere (Proverbs 1:5; Proverbs 9:9) הוסיף לקח means more than to gain learning, i.e., erudition in the ethico-practical sense, for sweetness of the lips (dulcedo orationis of Cicero) is, as to learning, without significance, but of so much the greater value for reaching; for grace of expression, and of exposition, particularly if it be not merely rhetorical, but, according to the saying pectus disertos facit, coming out of the heart, is full of mind, it imparts force to the instruction, and makes it acceptable. Whoever is wise of heart, i.e., of mind or spirit (לב equals the N.T. νοῦς or πνεῦμα), is called, and is truly, נבון [learned, intelligent] (Fleischer compares to this the expression frequent in Isaiah, "to be named" equals to be and appear to be, the Arab. du'ay lah); but there is a gift which highly increases the worth of this understanding or intelligence, for it makes it fruitful of good to others, and that is grace of the lips. On the lips (Proverbs 10:13) of the intelligent wisdom is found; but the form also, and the whole manner and way in which he gives expression to this wisdom, is pleasing, proceeding from a deep and tender feeling for the suitable and the beneficial, and thus he produces effects so much the more surely, and beneficently, and richly.

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an ungodly man a man of Belial

1 Samuel 25:17 Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household...

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said...

diggeth

Proverbs 2:4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

Psalm 17:14,15 From men which are your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life...

Isaiah 5:18 Woe to them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire...

in

Psalm 52:2-4 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully...

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows...

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body...

Cross References
James 3:6
And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.

Proverbs 6:12
A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech,

Proverbs 6:14
with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord;

Proverbs 16:26
A worker's appetite works for him; his mouth urges him on.

Proverbs 16:28
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

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