New International Version
A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
King James Bible
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
Darby Bible Translation
A man of Belial diggeth up evil, and on his lips there is as a scorching fire.
World English Bible
A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.
Young's Literal Translation
A worthless man is preparing evil, And on his lips -- as a burning fire.
Proverbs 16:27 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
An ungodly man diggeth up evil - How will the following suit?
Effodiuntur opes irritamenta malorum
"Wealth, the incitement to all evil, is digged up out the earth."
A wicked man labors as much to bring about an evil purpose, as the quarryman does to dig up stones.
In his lips - a burning fire - His words are as inflammable, in producing strife and contention among his neighbors, as fire is in igniting dry stubble.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
an ungodly man a man of Belial
LibraryApril 27. "The Sweetness of the Lips" (Prov. xvi. 21).
"The sweetness of the lips" (Prov. xvi. 21). Spiritual conditions are inseparably connected with our physical life. The flow of the divine life-currents may be interrupted by a little clot of blood; the vital current may leak out through a very trifling wound. If you want to keep the health of Christ, keep from all spiritual sores, from all heart wounds and irritations. One hour of fretting will wear out more vitality than a week of work; and one minute of malignity, or rankling jealousy or envy …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
What I Think of Myself and what God Thinks of Me
Abandonment to God --Its Fruit and Its Irrevocability --In what it Consists --God Exhorts us to It.
The Providence of God
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
who plots evil with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up conflict.
The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
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