New Living Translation
Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze.
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
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
16:27 Diggeth up - Prosecutes his evil designs with great industry. His lips - His tongue is set on fire of hell.
LibraryTrust in God --True Wisdom
A sermon (No. 392) delivered on Sunday Morning, May 12th, 1861, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he."--Proverbs 16:20. Wisdom is man's true path--that which enables him to accomplish best the end of his being, and which therefore gives to him the richest enjoyment and the fullest play for all his powers. Wisdom is the compass by which man is to steer across the trackless waste …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
A Wise Desire
And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars,
Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble.
It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on.
A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.
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