New International Version
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
King James Bible
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
Darby Bible Translation
A false man soweth contention; and a talebearer separateth very friends.
World English Bible
A perverse man stirs up strife. A whisperer separates close friends.
Young's Literal Translation
A froward man sendeth forth contention, A tale-bearer is separating a familiar friend.
Proverbs 16:28 Parallel
CommentaryClarke'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
LibraryApril 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
Abandonment to God --Its Fruit and Its Irrevocability --In what it Consists --God Exhorts us to It.
The Providence of God
who plots evil with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up conflict.
A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good.
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
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