Proverbs 12:19
New International Version
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

New Living Translation
Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.

English Standard Version
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Berean Study Bible
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

New American Standard Bible
Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.

New King James Version
The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment.

King James Bible
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Christian Standard Bible
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue, only a moment.

Contemporary English Version
Truth will last forever; lies are soon found out.

Good News Translation
A lie has a short life, but truth lives on forever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue, only a moment.

International Standard Version
A truthful saying is trusted forever, but the liar only for a moment.

NET Bible
The one who tells the truth will endure forever, but the one who lies will last only for a moment.

New Heart English Bible
Truth's lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only momentary.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The lips of truth are right, and the hasty witness does evil with his tongue.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The word of truth lasts forever, but lies last only a moment.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The lip of truth shall be established for ever; But a lying tongue is but for a moment.

New American Standard 1977
Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The lip of truth shall be established for ever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

King James 2000 Bible
The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

American King James Version
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

American Standard Version
The lip of truth shall be established for ever; But a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
True lips establish testimony; but a hasty witness has an unjust tongue.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lip of truth shall be steadfast for ever: but he that is a hasty witness, frameth a lying tongue.

Darby Bible Translation
The lip of truth shall be established for ever; but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

English Revised Version
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Webster's Bible Translation
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

World English Bible
Truth's lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only momentary.

Young's Literal Translation
The lip of truth is established for ever, And for a moment -- a tongue of falsehood.
Study Bible
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
18Speaking rashly is like a piercing sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. 20Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but the counselors of peace have joy.…
Cross References
1 Kings 13:18
Then the prophet replied, "I too am a prophet like you, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'Bring him back with you to your house, so that he may eat bread and drink water.'" The old prophet was lying to him,

Psalm 52:4
You love every word that devours, O deceitful tongue.

Psalm 52:5
Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin; He will snatch you up and tear you away from your tent; He will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah

Proverbs 12:20
Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but the counselors of peace have joy.

Proverbs 19:9
A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who pours out lies will perish.

Treasury of Scripture

The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

lip

Zechariah 1:4-6
Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD…

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

but

Proverbs 19:9
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

Job 20:5
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

Psalm 52:5
God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.







Lexicon
Truthful
אֱ֭מֶת (’ĕ·meṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness

lips
שְֽׂפַת־ (śə·p̄aṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

endure forever,
תִּכּ֣וֹן (tik·kō·wn)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect

but a lying
שָֽׁקֶר׃ (šā·qer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8267: Deception, disappointment, falsehood

tongue
לְשׁ֣וֹן (lə·šō·wn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue

[lasts] only
וְעַד־ (wə·‘aḏ-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

a moment.
אַ֝רְגִּ֗יעָה (’ar·gî·‘āh)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7281: A wink, a very short space of time
(19) A lying tongue is but for a moment.--Being detected and silenced by the providence of God, (Comp. Psalm 64:7-8.)

Verse 19. - The lip of truth shall be established forever. Truth is consistent, invincible, enduring; and the fact belongs not only to Divine truth (Psalm 117:2; Matthew 24:35), but to human, in its measure. Septuagint, "True lips establish testimony," pointing the last word ad as ed. Is but for a moment; literally, while I wink the eye (Jeremiah 49:19; Jeremiah 50:44). Lying never answers in the end; it is soon found out and punished (Proverbs 19:9; Psalm 52:5). Septuagint, "But a hasty (ταχύς; repentinus, Vulgate) witness hath an unjust tongue." One who gives his testimony without due consideration, or influenced by evil motives, readily fails into lying and injustice. With the latter half of the verse we may compare the gnome -

Ἀλλ οὐδὲν ἕρπει ψεῦδος εἰς γῆρας χρόνου

"Unto old age no lie doth ever live." A lie has no legs, is a maxim of wide nationality; and "Truth may be blamed, but shall ne'er be shamed." 12:16. A foolish man is soon angry, and is hasty in expressing it; he is ever in trouble and running into mischief. It is kindness to ourselves to make light of injuries and affronts, instead of making the worst of them. 17. It is good for all to dread and detest the sin of lying, and to be governed by honesty. 18. Whisperings and evil surmises, like a sword, separate those that have been dear to each other. The tongue of the wise is health, making all whole. 19. If truth be spoken, it will hold good; whoever may be disobliged, still it will keep its ground. 20. Deceit and falsehood bring terrors and perplexities. But those who consult the peace and happiness of others have joy in their own minds. 21. If men are sincerely righteous, the righteous God has engaged that no evil shall happen to them. But they that delight in mischief shall have enough of it. 22. Make conscience of truth, not only in words, but in actions. 23. Foolish men proclaim to all the folly and emptiness of their minds. 24. Those who will not take pains in an honest calling, living by tricks and dishonesty, are paltry and beggarly. 25. Care, fear, and sorrow, upon the spirits, deprive men of vigour in what is to be done, or courage in what is to be borne. A good word from God, applied by faith, makes the heart glad. 26. The righteous is abundant; though not in this world's goods, yet in the graces and comforts of the Spirit, which are the true riches. Evil men vainly flatter themselves that their ways are not wrong. 27. The slothful man makes no good use of the advantages Providence puts in his way, and has no comfort in them. The substance of a diligent man, though not great, does good to him and his family. He sees that God gives it to him in answer to prayer. 28. The way of religion is a straight, plain way; it is the way of righteousness. There is not only life at the end, but life in the way; all true comfort.
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