New International Version
One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
King James Bible
He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
Darby Bible Translation
He that hath a perverse heart findeth no good; and he that shifteth about with his tongue falleth into evil.
World English Bible
One who has a perverse heart doesn't find prosperity, and one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.
Young's Literal Translation
The perverse of heart findeth not good, And the turned in his tongue falleth into evil.
Proverbs 17:20 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that exalteth his gate - In different parts of Palestine they are obliged to have the doors of their courts and houses very low, not more than three feet high, to prevent the Arabs, who scarcely ever leave the backs of their horses, from riding into the courts and houses, and spoiling their goods. He, then, who, through pride and ostentation, made a high gate, exposed himself to destruction; and is said here to seek it, because he must know that this would be a necessary consequence of exalting his gate. But although the above is a fact, yet possibly gate is here taken for the mouth; and the exalting of the gate may mean proud boasting and arrogant speaking, such as has a tendency to kindle and maintain strife. And this interpretation seems to agree better with the scope of the context than the above.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
he that hath a froward heart
LibraryApril 8. "A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like a Medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22).
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22). King Solomon left among his wise sayings a prescription for sick and sad hearts, and it is one that we can safely take. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Joy is the great restorer and healer. Gladness of spirit will bring health to the bones and vitality to the nerves when all other tonics fail, and all other sedatives cease to quiet. Sick one, begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
An Analysis of Augustin's Writings against the Donatists.
An Exhortation to Peace and Unity
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
who plots evil with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up conflict.
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
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