Proverbs 20:5
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English Standard Version
The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

King James Bible
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

American Standard Version
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water: but a wise man will draw it out.

English Revised Version
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Webster's Bible Translation
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

28 A worthless witness scoffeth at right;

     And the mouth of the godless swalloweth up mischief.

The Mosaic law does not know the oath of witnesses; but the adjuring of witnesses to speak the truth, Leviticus 4:1, places a false statement almost in the rank of perjury. The משׁפּט, which legally and morally binds witnesses, is just their duty to state the matter in accordance with truth, and without deceitful and malicious reservation; but a worthless witness (vid., regarding בּליּעל, Proverbs 6:12) despiseth what is right (יליץ with accus.-obj. like Proverbs 14:9), i.e., scornfully disregards this duty. Under 28b Hitzig remarks that בלע only in Kal means to devour, but in Piel, on the contrary, to absorb equals annihilate; therefore he reads with the lxx and Syr. דּין justice instead of און mischief: the mouth of the wicked murders that which is right, properly, swallows down his feeling of right. But בּלּע interchanges with בּלע in the sense of swallowing only, without the connected idea of annihilation; cf. כּבלּע for the continuance [duration] of a gulp equals for a moment, Numbers 4:20 with Job 7:29; and one can thus understand 28b without any alteration of the text after Job 15:16; cf. Proverbs 20:12-15, as well as with the text altered after Isaiah 3:12, by no means so that one makes און the subject: mischief swallows up, i.e., destroys, the mouth of the wicked (Rashi); for when "mouth" and "to swallow" stand connected, the mouth is naturally that which swallows, not that which is swallowed (cf. Ecclesiastes 10:12 : the mouth of the fool swallows, i.e., destroys, him). Thus 28b means that wickedness, i.e., that which is morally perverse, is a delicious morsel for the mouth of the godless, which he eagerly devours; to practise evil is for him, as we say, "ein wahrer Genuss" [a true enjoyment].

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

Psalm 64:6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man...

Cross References
Proverbs 18:4
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Proverbs 20:4
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

Proverbs 20:6
Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?

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