Proverbs 10:32
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English Standard Version
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.

King James Bible
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

American Standard Version
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable; But the mouth of the wicked'speaketh perverseness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lips of the just consider what is acceptable: and the mouth of the wicked uttereth perverse things.

English Revised Version
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

Webster's Bible Translation
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

Proverbs 10:32 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This proverb stands out of connection with the series:

As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes,

So is the sluggard to them who gives him a commission.

A parabolic proverb (vid., p. 9), priamel-like in its formation (p. 13). Here and there לשּׁנּים is found with Mugrash, but in correct texts it has Reba-magnum; the verse is divided into two by Athnach, whose subordinate distributive is (Accentssystem, xi. 1) Reba-magnum. Smoke makes itself disagreeably perceptible to the sense of smell, and particularly to the eyes, which it causes to smart so that they overflow with tears; wherefore Virgil speaks of it as amarus, and Horace lacrimosus. חמץ (from חמץ, to be sour, harsh) signifies properly that which is sour, as acetum, ὄξος; here, after the lxx ὄμφαξ, the unripe grapes, but which are called בּסר (בּסר) (vid., under Job 15:33), by which the Syr., here following the lxx, translates, and which also in the Talmud, Dema i. 1, is named חמץ, after a doubtful meaning (vid., Aruch, and on the other side Rashi), thus: vinegar, which the word commonly means, and which also accords with the object of the comparison, especially if one thinks of the sharp vinegar-wine of the south, which has an effect on the teeth denoted by the Hebr. verb קהה, as the effect of smoke is by כהה (Fl.). The plur. לשׁלחיו is that of the category, like Proverbs 22:21; Proverbs 25:13; the parallel אדניו of the latter passage does not at least make it necessary to regard it, like this, as a plur. excellentiae (Bertheau, Hitzig, Ewald). They who send a sluggard, i.e., who make him their agent, do it to their own sorrow; his slothfulness is for them, and for that which they have in view, of dull, i.e., slow and restrained, of biting, i.e., sensibly injurious operation.

Proverbs 10:32 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Ecclesiastes 12:10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your sins by righteousness...

Titus 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

but

Proverbs 11:11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 12:6,18 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them...

Proverbs 15:2,28 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness...

Proverbs 18:6-8 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes...

frowardness

Cross References
Proverbs 2:12
delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,

Proverbs 4:24
Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Proverbs 6:12
A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech,

Proverbs 15:28
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Ecclesiastes 10:12
The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

Ecclesiastes 12:10
The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.

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