Proverbs 17:20
New International Version
One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.

New Living Translation
The crooked heart will not prosper; the lying tongue tumbles into trouble.

English Standard Version
A man of crooked heart does not discover good, and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.

Berean Study Bible
The one with a perverse heart finds no good, and he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.

New American Standard Bible
He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.

New King James Version
He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.

King James Bible
He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

Christian Standard Bible
One with a twisted mind will not succeed, and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin.

Contemporary English Version
Dishonesty does you no good, and telling lies will get you in trouble.

Good News Translation
Anyone who thinks and speaks evil can expect to find nothing good--only disaster.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One with a twisted mind will not succeed, and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin.

International Standard Version
The person whose mind is perverse does not find good, and anyone with perverted speech falls into trouble.

NET Bible
The one who has a perverse heart does not find good, and the one who is deceitful in speech falls into trouble.

New Heart English Bible
One who has a perverse heart doesn't find prosperity, and one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that is perverse in his heart will not find good and he that perverts his tongue falls into evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A twisted mind never finds happiness, and one with a devious tongue [repeatedly]gets into trouble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that hath a froward heart findeth no good; And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into evil.

New American Standard 1977
He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.

King James 2000 Bible
He that has a crooked heart finds no good: and he that has a perverse tongue falls into calamity.

American King James Version
He that has a fraudulent heart finds no good: and he that has a perverse tongue falls into mischief.

American Standard Version
He that hath a wayward heart findeth no good; And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and the hard-hearted man comes not in for good. A man of a changeful tongue will fall into mischiefs;

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is of a perverse heart, shall not find good: and he that perverteth his tongue, shall fall into evil.

Darby Bible Translation
He that hath a perverse heart findeth no good; and he that shifteth about with his tongue falleth into evil.

English Revised Version
He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

World English Bible
One who has a perverse heart doesn't find prosperity, and one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.

Young's Literal Translation
The perverse of heart findeth not good, And the turned in his tongue falleth into evil.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
19He who loves transgression loves strife; he who builds his gate high invites destruction. 20The one with a perverse heart finds no good, and he whose tongue is deceitful will fall into trouble. 21A man fathers a fool to his own grief; the father of a fool has no joy.…
Cross References
James 3:8
but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

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

Proverbs 10:31
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.

Proverbs 24:20
For the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.

Treasury of Scripture

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

he that hath a froward heart

Proverbs 3:32
For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.

Proverbs 6:12-15
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth…

Proverbs 8:13
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

and he

Proverbs 10:10,14,31
He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall…

Proverbs 18:6,7
A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes…

Ecclesiastes 10:12
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.





Lexicon
The one with a perverse
עִקֶּשׁ־ (‘iq·qeš-)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6141: Twisted, perverted

heart
לֵ֭ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

finds
יִמְצָא־ (yim·ṣā-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

no
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

good,
ט֑וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

and he whose tongue
בִּ֝לְשׁוֹנ֗וֹ (bil·šō·w·nōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue

is deceitful
וְנֶהְפָּ֥ךְ (wə·neh·pāḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2015: To turn about, over, to change, overturn, return, pervert

will fall
יִפּ֥וֹל (yip·pō·wl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

into trouble.
בְּרָעָֽה׃ (bə·rā·‘āh)
Preposition-b | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil
(20) He that hath a froward heart, findeth no good.--For he is an abomination to God (Proverbs 11:20), and so gains no blessing from Him.

Verse 20. - He that hath a froward heart findeth no good. (For "froward," see on Proverbs 11:20; for "find good," on Proverbs 16:20.) The perverse, wilful man shall not prosper, shall win no blessing in his worldly matters, much less in spiritual things. Septuagint, "He who is hard of heart meeteth not with good things." He that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief; literally, he who turns himself about with his tongue, saying one thing at one time and something quite contrary at another. Vulgate, qui vertit linguam; Septuagint, ἀνὴρ εὐμετάβολος γλώσσῃ, "easily changed in tongue" (comp. Proverbs 8:13; Proverbs 10:31, where the word is different). "Mischief" (ra) "is trouble," "calamity," as in Proverbs 13:17. Speaking of the various aspects which words may assume, Cato ('Dist.,' 4:20) says -

"Sermo hominum mores et celat et indicat idem."

"Man's words his character reveal,
But often they his mind conceal?
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