New International Version
Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.
King James Bible
A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
Darby Bible Translation
A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his steps.
World English Bible
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
Young's Literal Translation
A man taking a portion above his neighbour, Spreadeth a net for his own steps.
Proverbs 29:5 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Spreadeth a net for his feet - Beware of a flatterer; he does not flatter merely to please you, but to deceive you and profit himself.
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Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.
In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.
A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.
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