Proverbs 19:28
New International Version
A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

New Living Translation
A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice; the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

English Standard Version
A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

Berean Study Bible
A corrupt witness mocks justice, and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.

New American Standard Bible
A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.

King James Bible
An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

Christian Standard Bible
A worthless witness mocks justice, and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.

Contemporary English Version
A lying witness makes fun of the court system, and criminals think crime is really delicious.

Good News Translation
There is no justice where a witness is determined to hurt someone. Wicked people love the taste of evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A worthless witness mocks justice, and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.

International Standard Version
A corrupt witness mocks justice, and the wicked person feeds on iniquity.

NET Bible
A crooked witness scorns justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

New Heart English Bible
A corrupt witness mocks justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An evil witness is loud in judgment, and the mouth of the evil swallows him up.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A worthless witness mocks justice, and the mouths of wicked people swallow up trouble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
An ungodly witness mocketh at right; And the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

New American Standard 1977
A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A witness of Belial shall scorn judgment, and the mouth of the wicked shall cover iniquity.

King James 2000 Bible
An ungodly witness scorns judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

American King James Version
An ungodly witness scorns judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

American Standard Version
A worthless witness mocketh at justice; And the mouth of the wicked swalloweth iniquity.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that becomes surety for a foolish child will despise the ordinance: and the mouth of ungodly men shall drink down judgment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
An unjust witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
A witness of Belial scorneth judgment, and the mouth of the wicked swalloweth down iniquity.

English Revised Version
A worthless witness mocketh at judgment: and the mouth of the wicked swalloweth iniquity.

Webster's Bible Translation
An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

World English Bible
A corrupt witness mocks justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity.

Young's Literal Translation
A worthless witness scorneth judgment, And the mouth of the wicked swalloweth iniquity.
Study Bible
The Man of Integrity
27If you cease to hear instruction, my son, you will stray from the words of knowledge. 28A corrupt witness mocks justice, and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity. 29Judgments are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.…
Cross References
Job 15:16
how much less man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks injustice like water?

Job 20:12
Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he conceals it under his tongue,

Job 20:13
though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,

Job 34:7
What man is like Job, who drinks up derision like water?

Proverbs 19:27
If you cease to hear instruction, my son, you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Treasury of Scripture

An ungodly witness scorns judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

1 Kings 21:10,13
And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die…

Acts 6:11-13
Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God…

scorneth

Psalm 10:5,11
His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them…

Isaiah 28:14-18
Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem…

Luke 18:2-4
Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: …

the

Proverbs 15:14
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

Job 15:16
How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

Job 20:12,13
Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue; …







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

witness
עֵ֣ד (‘êḏ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5707: A witness, testimony, a recorder, prince

mocks
יָלִ֣יץ (yā·lîṣ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3887: Ambassador, have in derision, interpreter, make a mock, mocker

justice,
מִשְׁפָּ֑ט (miš·pāṭ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

and a wicked
רְ֝שָׁעִ֗ים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

mouth
וּפִ֥י (ū·p̄î)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

swallows
יְבַלַּע־ (yə·ḇal·la‘-)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1104: To swallow down, swallow up, engulf

iniquity.
אָֽוֶן׃ (’ā·wen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol
(28) An ungodly (worthless) witness scorneth judgment.--Despises the orders of the Law to avoid perjury (Exodus 20:16; Leviticus 5:1). (Comp. 1Kings 8:31).

The mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.--As a dainty morsel. (Comp. Proverbs 18:8.)

Verse 28. - An ungodly (worthless) witness scorneth judgment; derides the Law which denounces perjury and compels a witness to speak truth (Exodus 20:16; Leviticus 5:1), and, as is implied he bears false testimony, thus proving himself "a witness of Belial," according to the Hebrew term. Septuagint, "He who becometh security for a foolish child outrages judgment." The mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity; swallows it eagerly as a toothsome morsel (Proverbs 18:8). So we have in Job 15:16,"A man that drinketh iniquity like water" (see on Proverbs 26:6). Such a man will lie and slander with the utmost pleasure, living and battening on wickedness. Septuagint, "The mouth of the impious drinketh judgments (κρίσεις)," i.e. boldly transgresses the Law. 19:27. It is the wisdom of young men to dread hearing such talk as puts loose and evil principles into the mind. 28. Those are the worst of sinners, who are glad of an opportunity to sin.
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