Proverbs 17:4
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English Standard Version
An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

King James Bible
A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

American Standard Version
An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; And a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The evil man obeyeth an unjust tongue: and the deceitful hearkeneth to lying lips.

English Revised Version
An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; and a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

Webster's Bible Translation
A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips: and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Proverbs 16:31

31 A bright diadem is a hoary head,

     In the way of righteousness it is found -

namely, this bright diadem, this beautiful crown (Proverbs 4:8), which silver hair is to him who has it as the result of his advanced age (Proverbs 20:29), for "thou shalt rise up before the hoary head," Leviticus 19:32; and the contrast of an early death is to die in a good old age, Genesis 15:15, etc., but a long life is on one side a self-consequence, and on another the promised reward of a course of conduct regulated by God's will, God's law, and by the rule of love to God and love to one's neighbour. From the N.T. standpoint that is also so far true, as in all the world there is no better established means of prolonging life than the avoidance of evil; but the clause corresponding to the O.T. standpoint, that evil punishes itself by a premature death, and that good is rewarded by long life, has indeed many exceptions arising from the facts of experience against it, for we see even the godless in their life of sin attaining to an advanced old age, and in view of the veiled future it appears only as a one-sided truth, so that the words, Wisd. 4:9, "discretion is to man the right grey hairs, and an unstained life is the right old age," which is mediated by life experiences, such as Isaiah 57:1., stand opposed to the above proverb as its reversed side. That old Solomonic proverb is, however, true, for it is not subverted; and, in contrast to self-destroying vice and wickedness; calling forth the judgment of God, it is and remains true, that whoever would reach an honoured old age, attains to it in the way of a righteous life and conduct.

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Proverbs 28:4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

1 Samuel 22:17-11 And the king said to the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD: because their hand also is with David...

1 Kings 22:6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them...

Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so...

2 Timothy 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers...

1 John 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them.

Revelation 13:3-8 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast...

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