Proverbs 16:28
New International Version
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

New Living Translation
A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.

English Standard Version
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Berean Study Bible
A perverse man spreads dissension, and a gossip divides close friends.

King James Bible
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

New King James Version
A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends.

New American Standard Bible
A perverse person spreads strife, And a slanderer separates close friends.

NASB 1995
A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.

NASB 1977
A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.

Amplified Bible
A perverse man spreads strife, And one who gossips separates intimate friends.

Christian Standard Bible
A contrary person spreads conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A contrary man spreads conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

American Standard Version
A perverse man scattereth abroad strife; And a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An evil man provokes judgment and persecutes his friends without cause.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A perverse man spreads mischief, and will kindle a torch of deceit with mischiefs; and he separates friends.

Contemporary English Version
Gossip is no good! It causes hard feelings and comes between friends.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A perverse man stirreth up quarrels: and one full of words separateth princes.

English Revised Version
A froward man scattereth abroad strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Good News Translation
Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A devious person spreads quarrels. A gossip separates the closest of friends.

International Standard Version
A deceitful man stirs dissension, and anyone who gossips separates friends.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A froward man soweth strife; And a whisperer separateth familiar friends.

Literal Standard Version
A contrary man sends forth contention, "" A tale-bearer is separating a familiar friend.

NET Bible
A perverse person spreads dissension, and a gossip separates the closest friends.

New Heart English Bible
A perverse man stirs up strife, and a gossip separates close friends.

World English Bible
A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.

Young's Literal Translation
A froward man sendeth forth contention, A tale-bearer is separating a familiar friend.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
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. 29A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.…

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

Proverbs 15:18
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger calms dispute.

Proverbs 16:27
A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

Proverbs 16:29
A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good.

Proverbs 17:9
Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, but he who brings it up separates friends.

Proverbs 26:20
Without wood, a fire goes out; without gossip, a conflict ceases.


Treasury of Scripture

A fraudulent man sows strife: and a whisperer separates chief friends.

froward

Proverbs 6:14,19
Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord…

Proverbs 15:18
A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

Proverbs 18:8
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

soweth

Proverbs 17:9
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

1 Samuel 24:9
And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men's words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?









(28) A froward man.--Who distorts the truth.

Verse 28. - A froward man soweth strife (Proverbs 6:14, 19). The verb means, literally, "sends forth," which may signify "scatters as seed" or "hurls as a missile weapon." The character intended is the perverse man, who distorts the truth, gives a wrong impression, attributes evil motives; such a one occasions quarrels and heartburnings. And a whisperer separateth chief friends (Proverbs 17:9). Nirgan is either "a chatterer," or "a whisperer," "calumniator." In Proverbs 18:8 and Proverbs 26:20, 22 it is translated "tale bearer." "Be not called a whisperer (ψίθυρος)," says the Son of Sirach (Ecclus. 5:14), speaking of secret slander. "Slanderers," says an old apothegm, "are Satan's bellows to blow up contension." Septuagint, "A perverse man sendeth abroad evils, and kindleth a torch of deceit for the wicked, and separateth friends." The alternative rendering of the second clause, "estrangeth a leader," i.e. alienates one leader from another, or from his army, is not confirmed by the authority of the versions or the best commentators.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A perverse
תַּ֭הְפֻּכוֹת (tah·pu·ḵō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 8419: Perversity, perverse thing

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

spreads
יְשַׁלַּ֣ח (yə·šal·laḥ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7971: To send away, for, out

dissension,
מָד֑וֹן (mā·ḏō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4066: A contest, quarrel

and a gossip
וְ֝נִרְגָּ֗ן‪‬ (wə·nir·gān)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5372: Talebearer, whisperer

divides
מַפְרִ֥יד (map̄·rîḏ)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 6504: To break through, spread, separate

close friends.
אַלּֽוּף׃ (’al·lūp̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 441: Familiar, a friend, gentle, a bullock, a chieftain


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