Proverbs 26:23
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English Standard Version
Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart.

King James Bible
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

American Standard Version
Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Swelling lips joined with a corrupt heart, are like an earthen vessel adorned with silver dross.

English Revised Version
Fervent lips and a wicked heart are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

Webster's Bible Translation
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

A series of proverbs which recommend the love of peace, for they present caricatures of the opposite:

17 He seizeth by the ears of a dog passing by,

     Who is excited by a strife which concerns him not.

According to the accentuation in the text, the proverb is to be translated with Fleischer: Qualis est qui prehendit aures canis, talis est qui forte transiens ira abripitur propter rixam alienam (eique temere se immiscent). Since he is cautioned against unwarranted interference, the expression מתערב בּדין might have been used (Proverbs 14:10), according to which the Syr. translates; but על־ריב substantiates the originality of מתעבּר (vid., Proverbs 14:16; Proverbs 20:2). On the other hand, the placing together, without any connection of the two participles, is perplexing; why not עבר וּמתעבּר? For it is certainly not meant, that falling into a passion he passes by; but that passing by, he falls into a passion; for he stands to this object. The Targumist, feeling this also, renders עבר in the sense of being angry, but contrary to the usus loq. Wherefore the conjecture of Euchel and Abramsohn commends itself, that עבר belongs to כלב - the figure thereby becomes more distinct. To seize one's own dog by the ear is not dangerous, but it is not advisable to do this with a strange dog. Therefore עבר belongs as a necessary attribute to the dog. The dog accidentally passing by corresponds to the strife to which one stands in no relation (ריב לא־ול, vid., regarding the Makkeph, Baer's Genesis, p. 85, not. 9). Whoever is excited to passion about a strife that does not belong to him, is like one who lays hold by the ears (the lxx arbitrarily: by the tail) of a dog that is passing by - to the one or to the other it happens right when he brings evil upon himself thereby.

Proverbs 26:23 Parallel Commentaries

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that is ardent professions of friendship from a wicked heart, however smooth shining and splendid they may appear, are like a vile vessel covered over with base metal

Proverbs 10:18 He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.

2 Samuel 20:9,10 And Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him...

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them...

Luke 22:47,48 And while he yet spoke, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them...

Cross References
Matthew 23:27
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness.

Luke 11:39
And the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.

Proverbs 25:4
Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel;

Proverbs 26:25
when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart;

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