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.
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.
Proverbs 17:4 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
God gives me up to the ungodly and casts me into the hands of the wicked.
The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
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