Proverbs 16:27
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New International Version
A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.

King James Bible
An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

Darby Bible Translation
A man of Belial diggeth up evil, and on his lips there is as a scorching fire.

World English Bible
A worthless man devises mischief. His speech is like a scorching fire.

Young's Literal Translation
A worthless man is preparing evil, And on his lips -- as a burning fire.

Proverbs 16:27 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

An ungodly man diggeth up evil - How will the following suit?

Effodiuntur opes irritamenta malorum

"Wealth, the incitement to all evil, is digged up out the earth."

A wicked man labors as much to bring about an evil purpose, as the quarryman does to dig up stones.

In his lips - a burning fire - His words are as inflammable, in producing strife and contention among his neighbors, as fire is in igniting dry stubble.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

an ungodly man a man of Belial

1 Samuel 25:17 Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household...

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said...


Proverbs 2:4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

Psalm 17:14,15 From men which are your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life...

Isaiah 5:18 Woe to them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire...


Psalm 52:2-4 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully...

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows...

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body...

April 27. "The Sweetness of the Lips" (Prov. xvi. 21).
"The sweetness of the lips" (Prov. xvi. 21). Spiritual conditions are inseparably connected with our physical life. The flow of the divine life-currents may be interrupted by a little clot of blood; the vital current may leak out through a very trifling wound. If you want to keep the health of Christ, keep from all spiritual sores, from all heart wounds and irritations. One hour of fretting will wear out more vitality than a week of work; and one minute of malignity, or rankling jealousy or envy
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

What I Think of Myself and what God Thinks of Me
'All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.'--PROVERBS xvi. 2. 'All the ways of a man'--then there is no such thing as being conscious of having gone wrong, and having got into miry and foul ways? Of course there is; and equally of course a broad statement such as this of my text is not to be pressed into literal accuracy, but is a simple, general assertion of what we all know to be true, that we have a strange power of blinding ourselves as to what is wrong
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Abandonment to God --Its Fruit and Its Irrevocability --In what it Consists --God Exhorts us to It.
It is here that true abandonment and consecration to God should commence, by our being deeply convinced that all which happens to us moment by moment is the will of God, and therefore all that is necessary to us. This conviction will render us contented with everything, and will make us see the commonest events in God, and not in the creature. I beg of you, whoever you may be, who are desirous of giving yourselves to God, not to take yourselves back when once you are given to Him, and to remember
Jeanne Marie Bouvières—A Short Method Of Prayer And Spiritual Torrents

The Providence of God
Q-11: WHAT ARE GOD'S WORKS OF PROVIDENCE? A: God's works of providence are the acts of his most holy, wise, and powerful government of his creatures, and of their actions. Of the work of God's providence Christ says, My Father worketh hitherto and I work.' John 5:17. God has rested from the works of creation, he does not create any new species of things. He rested from all his works;' Gen 2:2; and therefore it must needs be meant of his works of providence: My Father worketh and I work.' His kingdom
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
James 3:6
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Proverbs 6:12
A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,

Proverbs 6:14
who plots evil with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up conflict.

Proverbs 16:26
The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.

Proverbs 16:28
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

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