Proverbs 30:20
New International Version
"This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'

New Living Translation
An adulterous woman consumes a man, then wipes her mouth and says, "What's wrong with that?"

English Standard Version
This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I have done no wrong.”

Berean Study Bible
This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I have done no wrong.”

New American Standard Bible
This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, And says, "I have done no wrong."

King James Bible
Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

Christian Standard Bible
This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, "I've done nothing wrong."

Contemporary English Version
An unfaithful wife says, "Sleeping with another man is as natural as eating."

Good News Translation
This is how an unfaithful wife acts: she commits adultery, takes a bath, and says, "But I haven't done anything wrong!"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, "I've done nothing wrong."

International Standard Version
This is what an immoral woman is like: she eats, wipes her mouth, then says "I've done nothing wrong."

NET Bible
This is the way of an adulterous woman: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, "I have not done wrong."

New Heart English Bible
"So is the way of an adulterous woman: she eats and wipes her mouth, and says, 'I have done nothing wrong.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So is the way of an adulterous woman; she eats and she wipes her mouth and she says, “I have done nothing.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the way of a woman who commits adultery: She eats, wipes her mouth, and says, "I haven't done anything wrong!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
So is the way of an adulterous woman; She eateth, and wipeth her mouth, And saith: 'I have done no wickedness.'

New American Standard 1977
This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, And says, “I have done no wrong.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Such is the track of an adulterous woman; she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, I have done no wickedness.

King James 2000 Bible
This is the way of an adulterous woman; she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, I have done no wickedness.

American King James Version
Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eats, and wipes her mouth, and said, I have done no wickedness.

American Standard Version
So is the way of an adulterous woman; She eateth, and wipeth her mouth, And saith, I have done no wickedness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Such is the way of an adulterous woman, who having washed herself from what she has done, says she has done nothing amiss.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Such is also the way of an adulterous woman, who eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith: I have done no evil.

Darby Bible Translation
Such is the way of an adulterous woman: she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

English Revised Version
So is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

World English Bible
"So is the way of an adulterous woman: she eats and wipes her mouth, and says, 'I have done nothing wrong.'

Young's Literal Translation
So -- the way of an adulterous woman, She hath eaten and hath wiped her mouth, And hath said, 'I have not done iniquity.'
Study Bible
The Words of Agur
19the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship at sea, and the way of a man with a maiden. 20This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I have done no wrong.” 21Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:…
Cross References
Proverbs 5:6
She does not consider the path of life; she does not know that her ways are unstable.

Proverbs 30:21
Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:

Treasury of Scripture

Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eats, and wipes her mouth, and said, I have done no wickedness.

Proverbs 7:13-23
So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, …

Numbers 5:11-30
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, …







Lexicon
This
כֵּ֤ן ׀ (kên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3651: So -- thus

is the way
דֶּ֥רֶךְ (de·reḵ)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

of an adulteress:
אִשָּׁ֗ה (’iš·šāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female

She eats
אָ֭כְלָה (’ā·ḵə·lāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat

and wipes
וּמָ֣חֲתָה (ū·mā·ḥă·ṯāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4229: To stroke, rub, to erase, to smooth, grease, make fat, to touch, reach to

her mouth
פִ֑יהָ (p̄î·hā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

and says,
וְ֝אָמְרָ֗ה (wə·’ā·mə·rāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“I have done
פָעַ֥לְתִּי (p̄ā·‘al·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6466: To do, make, to practise

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

wrong.”
אָֽוֶן׃ (’ā·wen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol
(20) Such is the way of an adulterous woman.--As there is no proof of her guilt, she flatly denies it.

Verse 20. - This verse is a kind of gloss or illustration of the last thought of the preceding verse, and seems not to have formed an original part of the numerical proverb. It might well be placed in a parenthesis. Many commentators consider it to be an interpolation. Such is the way of an adulterous woman. What Agur had said of a man above, he now applies to the practised adulteress, whose sin cannot be traced. She eateth. This is a euphemism for the sin which she commits, "Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant" (Proverbs 9:17; comp. Proverbs 5:15). And wipeth her mouth, as if to leave no trace of her illicit repast. And saith, I have done no wickedness. As she has sinned in secret, and there is no outward proof of her guilt, she boldly denies it. Septuagint, "Such is the way of an adulterous woman, who, when she has committed the act, having washed herself, says she has done nothing amiss." She forgets him who seeth in secret, and is quite content to escape detection at man's eyes, and to assume the character of a virtuous wife, which popular report assigns to her. 30:10 Slander not a servant to his master, accuse him not in small matters, to make mischief. 11-14. In every age there are monsters of ingratitude who ill-treat their parents. Many persuade themselves they are holy persons, whose hearts are full of sin, and who practise secret wickedness. There are others whose lofty pride is manifest. There have also been cruel monsters in every age. 15-17. Cruelty and covetousness are two daughters of the horseleech, that still cry, Give, give, and they are continually uneasy to themselves. Four things never are satisfied, to which these devourers are compared. Those are never rich that are always coveting. And many who have come to a bad end, have owned that their wicked courses began by despising their parents' authority. 18-20. Four things cannot be fully known. The kingdom of nature is full of marvels. The fourth is a mystery of iniquity; the cursed arts by which a vile seducer gains the affections of a female; and the arts which a vile woman uses to conceal her wickedness. 21-23 Four sorts of persons are very troublesome. Men of low origin and base spirit, who, getting authority, become tyrants. Foolish and violent men indulging in excesses. A woman of a contentious spirit and vicious habits. A servant who has obtained undue influence. Let those whom Providence has advanced from low beginnings, carefully watch against that sin which most easily besets them.
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