Proverbs 16:27
New International Version
A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.

New Living Translation
Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze.

English Standard Version
A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

Berean Study Bible
A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

New American Standard Bible
A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are like scorching fire.

King James Bible
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

Christian Standard Bible
A worthless person digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

Contemporary English Version
Worthless people plan trouble. Even their words burn like a flaming fire.

Good News Translation
Evil people look for ways to harm others; even their words burn with evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

International Standard Version
A worthless person concocts evil gossip — his lips are like a burning fire.

NET Bible
A wicked scoundrel digs up evil, and his slander is like a scorching fire.

New Heart English Bible
A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An evil man forges evil and fire burns from his mouth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A worthless person plots trouble, and his speech is like a burning fire.

JPS Tanakh 1917
An ungodly man diggeth up evil, And in his lips there is as a burning fire.

New American Standard 1977
A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are as a scorching fire.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The man of Belial digs in search of evil, and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

King James 2000 Bible
An ungodly man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

American King James Version
An ungodly man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

American Standard Version
A worthless man deviseth mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But the perverse bears destruction upon his own mouth: a foolish man digs up evil for himself, and treasures fire on his own lips.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked man diggeth evil, and in his lips is a burning fire.

Darby Bible Translation
A man of Belial diggeth up evil, and on his lips there is as a scorching fire.

English Revised Version
A worthless man deviseth mischief: and in his lips there is as a scorching fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning 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.
Study Bible
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
26A worker’s appetite works for him because his hunger drives him onward. 27A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. 28A perverse man spreads dissension, and a gossip divides close friends.…
Cross References
James 3:6
The tongue also is a fire, a world of wickedness among the parts of the body. It pollutes the whole person, sets the course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Proverbs 6:12
A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth,

Proverbs 6:14
With deceit in his heart he devises evil; he continually sows discord.

Proverbs 16:26
A worker's appetite works for him because his hunger drives him onward.

Proverbs 16:28
A perverse man spreads dissension, and a gossip divides close friends.

Treasury of Scripture

An ungodly man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

an ungodly man a man of Belial

1 Samuel 25:17
Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.

2 Samuel 20:1
And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.

diggeth

Proverbs 2:4
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

Psalm 17:14,15
From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes…

Isaiah 5:18
Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

in

Psalm 52:2-4
Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp rasor, working deceitfully…

Psalm 57:4
My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

James 3:6
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.







Lexicon
A worthless
בְּ֭לִיַּעַל (bə·lî·ya·‘al)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1100: Without profit, worthlessness, destruction, wickedness

man
אִ֣ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

digs up
כֹּרֶ֣ה (kō·reh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3738: To dig, to plot, to bore, open

evil,
רָעָ֑ה (rā·‘āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

and his speech
שְׂ֝פָת֗וֹ (p̄ā·ṯōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

is like a scorching
צָרָֽבֶת׃ (ṣā·rā·ḇeṯ)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6867: Scab, scar (of a sore)

fire.
כְּאֵ֣שׁ (kə·’êš)
Preposition-k | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 784: A fire
(27) Diggeth up evil.--Digs, as it were, a pit for others by his malicious plottings and slanders (Psalm 7:15).

In his lips there is as a burning fire.--"Set on fire of hell" (James 3:6).

Verse 27. - This and the three following verses are concerned with the case of the evil man. An ungodly man - a man of Belial - diggeth up evil. A man of Belial (Proverbs 6:12) is a worthless, wicked person, what the French call a vaurien. Such a one digs a pit for others (Proverbs 26:27; Psalm 7:15), devises mischief against his neighbour, plots against him by lying and slandering and overreaching. Wordsworth confines the evil to the man himself; he digs it as treasure in a mine, loves wickedness for its own sake. But analogy is against this interpretation. Septuagint, "A foolish man diggeth evils for himself." So Ecclus. 27:26, "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that setteth a trap shall be taken therein." As the gnome says -

Ἡ δὲ κακὴ βουλὴ τῷ βουλεύσαντι κακίστη. And in his lips there is as a burning fire (Proverbs 26:23) His words scorch and injure like a devouring flame. James 3:6, "The tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell." Septuagint, "And upon his lips he treasureth up fire." 16:27,28. Ungodly men bestow more pains to do mischief than would be needful to do good. The whisperer separates friends: what a hateful, but how common a character! 29,30. Some do all the mischief they can by force and violence, and are blind to the result. 31. Old people especially should be found in the way of religion and godliness. 32. To overcome our own passions, requires more steady management, than obtaining victory over an enemy. 33. All the disposal of Providence concerning our affairs, we must look upon to be the determining what we referred to God; and we must be reconciled to them accordingly. Blessed are those that give themselves up to the will of God; for he knows what is good for them.
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