New International Version
With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.
King James Bible
An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
Darby Bible Translation
With his mouth a hypocrite destroyeth his neighbour; but through knowledge are the righteous delivered.
World English Bible
With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, but the righteous will be delivered through knowledge.
Young's Literal Translation
With the mouth a hypocrite corrupteth his friend, And by knowledge the righteous are drawn out.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A hypocrite with his mouth - חנף chaneph might be better translated infidel than hypocrite. The latter is one that pretends to religion; that uses it for secular purposes. The former is one who disbelieves Divine revelation, and accordingly is polluted, and lives in pollution. This is properly the force of the original word. Such persons deal in calumny and lies, and often thus destroy the character of their neighbor. Besides, they are very zealous in propagating their own infidel notions; and thus, by this means, destroy their neighbor; but the experimental knowledge which the just have of God and his salvation prevents them from being ensnared.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
an hypocrite or a wicked, profligate person, an infidel
LibraryThe Present Recompense
Chester Cathedral, Nave Service, Evening. May 1872. Proverbs xi. 31. "Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner." This is the key-note of the Book of Proverbs--that men are punished or rewarded according to their deeds in this life; nay, it is the key-note of the whole Old Testament. "The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers; the countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil, to root out …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
The Soul Winner
Jesus, My Rock.
George Muller, and the Secret of His
The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead.
A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good.
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