Proverbs 26:23
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New International Version
Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.

King James Bible
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

Darby Bible Translation
Ardent lips, and a wicked heart, are [as] an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.

World English Bible
Like silver dross on an earthen vessel are the lips of a fervent one with an evil heart.

Young's Literal Translation
Silver of dross spread over potsherd, Are burning lips and an evil heart.

Proverbs 26:23 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Burning lips and a wicked heart - Splendid, shining, smooth lips; that is, lips which make great professions of friendship are like a vessel plated over with base metal to make it resemble silver; but it is only a vile pot, and even the outside is not pure.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that is ardent professions of friendship from a wicked heart, however smooth shining and splendid they may appear, are like a vile vessel covered over with base metal

Proverbs 10:18 He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.

2 Samuel 20:9,10 And Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him...

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them...

Luke 22:47,48 And while he yet spoke, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them...

One Lion Two Lions no Lion at All
A sermon (No. 1670) delivered on Thursday Evening, June 8th, 1882, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets."--Proverbs 22:13. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets."--Proverbs 26:13. This slothful man seems to cherish that one dread of his about the lions, as if it were his favorite aversion and he felt it to be too much trouble to invent another excuse.
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Matthew 23:27
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.

Luke 11:39
Then the Lord said to him, "Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.

Proverbs 25:4
Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;

Proverbs 26:25
Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts.

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