Proverbs 4:24
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New International Version
Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

King James Bible
Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Put away from thee perverseness of mouth, and corrupt lips put far from thee.

World English Bible
Put away from yourself a perverse mouth. Put corrupt lips far from you.

Young's Literal Translation
Turn aside from thee a froward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A froward mouth - Beware of hastiness, anger, and rash speeches.

And perverse lips - Do not delight in nor acquire the habit of contradicting and gainsaying; and beware of calumniating and backbiting your neighbor.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 11:14 If iniquity be in your hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in your tabernacles.

Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit...

Ephesians 4:25-31 Why putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another...

Colossians 3:8 But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

James 1:21,26 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word...

1 Peter 2:1 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings,

Proverbs 8:8,13 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing fraudulent or perverse in them...

Proverbs 17:20 He that has a fraudulent heart finds no good: and he that has a perverse tongue falls into mischief.

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself.

Monotony and Crises
'When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.'--PROVERBS iv. 12. The old metaphor likening life to a path has many felicities in it. It suggests constant change, it suggests continuous progress in one direction, and that all our days are linked together, and are not isolated fragments; and it suggests an aim and an end. So we find it perpetually in this Book of Proverbs. Here the 'way' has a specific designation, 'the way of Wisdom'--that is
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Two Paths
'Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. 11. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. 12. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. 13. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. 14. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16. For they sleep not,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Epistle cxx. To Claudius in Spain .
To Claudius in Spain [78] . Gregory to Claudius, &c. The renown of good deeds being fragrant after the manner of ointment, the odour of your glory has extended from the Western parts as far as here. Besprinkled by the sweetness of which breath of air, I declare that I greatly loved one whom I knew not, and within the bosom of my heart seized thee with the hand of love; nor did I love without already knowing him to be one whose good qualities I had learnt. For of him who is known to me by great
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

Twenty-Fourth Day. Firmness in Temptation.
"Jesus saith unto him, Get thee hence, Satan."--Matt. iv. 10. There is an awful intensity of meaning in the words, as applied to Jesus, "He suffered, being tempted!" Though incapable of sin, there was, in the refined sensibilities of His holy nature, that which made temptation unspeakably fearful. What must it have been to confront the Arch-traitor?--to stand face to face with the foe of His throne, and His universe? But the "prince of this world" came, and found "nothing in Him." Billow after
John R. Macduff—The Mind of Jesus

Cross References
Proverbs 4:25
Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.

Proverbs 6:12
A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,

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

Proverbs 19:1
Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.

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