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

King James Bible
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

American Standard Version
A worthless person, a man of iniquity, Is he that walketh with a perverse mouth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man that is an apostate, an unprofitable man, walketh with a perverse mouth,

English Revised Version
A worthless person, a man of iniquity; he walketh with a froward mouth;

Webster's Bible Translation
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

Proverbs 6:12 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

As Elihu (Job 35:11) says that God has set the beasts as our teachers, so he sends the sluggard to the school of the ant (Ameise), so named (in Germ.) from its industry (Emsigkeit):

6 Go to the ant, sluggard;

   Consider her ways, and be wise!

7 She that hath no judge,

   Director, and ruler:

8 She prepareth in summer her food,

   Has gathered in harvest her store.

The Dech written mostly under the לך separates the inseparable. The thought, Go to the ant, sluggard! permits no other distinction than in the vocative; but the Dech of לך אל־נמלה is changed into Munach

(Note: Cod. 1294 accentuates לך אל־נמלה; and that, according to Ben-Asher's rule, is correct.)

on account of the nature of the Athnach-word, which consists of only two syllables without the counter-tone. The ant has for its Hebrew-Arabic name נמלה, from the R. נם (Isaiah, p. 687), which is first used of the sound, which expresses the idea of the low, dull, secret - thus of its active and yet unperceived motion; its Aramaic name in the Peshto, ûmenaa', and in the Targ. שׁוּמשׁמנא (also Arab. sumsum, simsim, of little red ants), designates it after its quick activity, its busy running hither and thither (vid., Fleischer in Levy's Chald. Wrterb. ii. 578). She is a model of unwearied and well-planned labour. From the plur. דּרכיה it is to be concluded that the author observed their art in gathering in and laying up in store, carrying burdens, building their houses, and the like (vid., the passages in the Talmud and Midrash in the Hamburg Real-Encyclopdie fr Bibel und Talmud, 1868, p. 83f.). To the ant the sluggard (עצל, Aram. and Arab. עטל, with the fundamental idea of weight and dulness) is sent, to learn from her to be ashamed, and to be taught wisdom.

Proverbs 6:12 Parallel Commentaries

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naughty

Proverbs 11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

Proverbs 17:4 A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; and a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue.

1 Samuel 17:28 And Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said...

Jeremiah 24:2,8-10 One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs...

James 1:21 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word...

walketh

Proverbs 6:14 Frowardness is in his heart, he devises mischief continually; he sows discord.

Proverbs 2:12 To deliver you from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaks fraudulent things;

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

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the fraudulent mouth, do I hate.

Psalm 10:3,7 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, whom the LORD abhors...

Psalm 36:3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to be wise, and to do good.

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

Psalm 59:7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, does hear?

Psalm 73:8,9 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily...

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

1 Timothy 5:13 And with they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies...

Titus 1:10,11 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision...

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
Proverbs 2:12
delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,

Proverbs 4:24
Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Proverbs 8:13
The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Proverbs 10:32
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.

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

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