English Standard Version
Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.
King James Bible
He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
American Standard Version
He that uttereth truth showeth forth righteousness; But a false witness, deceit.
He that speaketh that which he knoweth, sheweth forth justice: but he that lieth, is a deceitful witness.
English Revised Version
He that uttereth truth sheweth forth righteousness, but a false witness deceit.
Webster's Bible Translation
He that speaketh truth showeth forth righteousness: but a false witness, deceit.
Proverbs 12:17 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
11 He that tilleth his own ground is satisfied with bread,
And he that followeth after vain pursuits is devoid of understanding.
Yet more complete is the antithetic parallelism in the doublette, Proverbs 28:19 (cf. also Sir. 20:27a). The proverb recommends the cultivation of the field as the surest means of supporting oneself honestly and abundantly, in contrast to the grasping after vain, i.e., unrighteous means of subsistence, windy speculations, and the like (Fl.). ריקים are here not persons (Bertheau), but things without solidity and value (lxx μάταια; Aquila, Theodotion, κενά), and, in conformity with the contrast, not real business. Elsewhere also the mas. plur. discharges the function of a neut. noun of multitude, vid., נגידים, principalia, Proverbs 8:6, and זדים, Psalm 19:14 - one of the many examples of the imperfect use of the gender in Hebr.; the speaker has in ריקים, vana et inania, not אנשׁים (Judges 9:4), but דברים (Deuteronomy 32:47) in view. The lxx erroneously at Proverbs 28:19, and Symmachus and Jerome at both places understand ריקים of slothfulness.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.
These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace;
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