Proverbs 18:8
New International Version
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.

New Living Translation
Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one's heart.

English Standard Version
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Berean Study Bible
A gossip’s words are like choice morsels, and they sink into the inmost being.

New American Standard Bible
The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

King James Bible
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Christian Standard Bible
A gossip's words are like choice food that goes down to one's innermost being.

Contemporary English Version
There's nothing so delicious as the taste of gossip! It melts in your mouth.

Good News Translation
Gossip is so tasty--how we love to swallow it!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A gossip's words are like choice food that goes down to one's innermost being.

International Standard Version
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels as they descend to the innermost parts of the body.

NET Bible
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down into the person's innermost being.

New Heart English Bible
The words of a gossip are like tasty morsels, and they go down into a person's innermost parts.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The words of a lazy man cast him into evil, and they lower him to the inner chamber of Sheol.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The words of a gossip are swallowed greedily, and they go down into a person's innermost being.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

New American Standard 1977
The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The words of a talebearer seem smooth, but they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

King James 2000 Bible
The words of a talebearer are like tasty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

American King James Version
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

American Standard Version
The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Fear casts down the slothful; and the souls of the effeminate shall hunger.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of the double tongued are as if they were harmless: and they reach even to the inner parts of the bowels. Fear casteth down the slothful: and the souls of the effeminate shall be hungry.

Darby Bible Translation
The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

English Revised Version
The words of a whisperer are as dainty, morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

World English Bible
The words of a gossip are like dainty morsels: they go down into a person's innermost parts.

Young's Literal Translation
The words of a tale-bearer are as self-inflicted wounds, And they have gone down to the inner parts of the heart.
Study Bible
The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
7A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul. 8A gossip’s words are like choice morsels, and they sink into the inmost being. 9Whoever is slothful in his work is brother to him who destroys.…
Cross References
Leviticus 19:16
You must not go about spreading slander among your people. You must not endanger the life of your neighbor. I am the LORD.

Proverbs 18:7
A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 18:9
Whoever is slothful in his work is brother to him who destroys.

Proverbs 26:22
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels that go down to the inmost being.

Treasury of Scripture

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

words

Proverbs 12:18
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 16:28
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Proverbs 26:20-22
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth…







Lexicon
A gossip’s
נִ֭רְגָּן (nir·gān)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5372: Talebearer, whisperer

words
דִּבְרֵ֣י (diḇ·rê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

are like choice morsels,
כְּמִֽתְלַהֲמִ֑ים (kə·miṯ·la·hă·mîm)
Preposition-k | Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3859: To burn in, to rankle

and they
וְ֝הֵ֗ם (wə·hêm)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They

sink
יָרְד֥וּ (yā·rə·ḏū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3381: To come or go down, descend

into the inmost being.
חַדְרֵי־ (ḥaḏ·rê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2315: A chamber, room
(8) The words of a talebearer are as wounds.--Or, more probably, "as dainty morsels" that are eagerly swallowed, and "go down into the innermost parts of the belly," i.e., are treasured up in the deepest recesses of the heart, to be remembered and brought out again when an opportunity for employing them occurs.

Verse 8. - The words of a tale bearer are as wounds. Nergan, "tale bearer," is better rendered "whisperer" (see on Proverbs 16:28). The Authorized Version reminds one of the mediaeval jingle -

"Lingua susurronis
Est pejor felle draconis."
The verse recurs in Proverbs 26:22; but the word rendered "wounds" (mitlahamim) is to be differently explained. It is probably the hithp. participle of laham," to swallow," and seems to mean "dainty morsels," such as one eagerly swallows. Thus Gesenius, Schultens, Delitzsch, Nowack, and others. So the clause means, "A whisperer's words are received with avidity; calumny, slander, and evil stories find eager listeners." The same metaphor is found in Proverbs 19:28; Job 34:7. There may, at the same time, be involved the idea that these dainty morsels are of poisonous character. Vulgate, Verba bilinguis, quasi simplicia, "The words of a man of double tongue seem to be simple," which contains another truth. They go down into the innermost parts of the belly (Proverbs 20:27, 30). The hearers take in the slanders and treasure them up in memory, to be used as occasion shall offer. The LXX. omits this verse, and in its place introduces a paragraph founded partly on the next verse and partly on Proverbs 19:15. The Vulgate also inserts the interpolation, "Fear overthrows the sluggish; and the souls of the effeminate (ἀνδρογύνων) shall hunger." 18:4. The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom. 5. The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person. 6,7. What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues! 8. How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! 9. Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin. 10,11. The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord. How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world! It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need. They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour. 12. After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. 13. Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame. 14. Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be? 15. We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts. 16. Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls.
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