Proverbs 17:4
New International Version
A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

New Living Translation
Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander.

English Standard Version
An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

Berean Study Bible
A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar gives ear to a destructive tongue.

New American Standard Bible
An evildoer listens to wicked lips; A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

New King James Version
An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.

King James Bible
A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

Christian Standard Bible
A wicked person listens to malicious talk; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

Contemporary English Version
Troublemakers listen to troublemakers, and liars listen to liars.

Good News Translation
Evil people listen to evil ideas, and liars listen to lies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wicked person listens to malicious talk; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

International Standard Version
Whoever practices evil pays attention to wicked speech, and the liar listens to malicious talk.

NET Bible
One who acts wickedly pays attention to evil counsel; a liar listens to a malicious tongue.

New Heart English Bible
An evildoer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An evil man listens to the lips of the wicked, and the righteous does not hear the tongue of the wicked.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
An evildoer pays attention to wicked lips. A liar opens his ears to a slanderous tongue.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; And a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

New American Standard 1977
An evildoer listens to wicked lips, A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

Jubilee Bible 2000
An evil doer gives heed to false lips, and a liar gives ear to the tongue which curses.

King James 2000 Bible
A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

American King James Version
A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; and a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue.

American Standard Version
An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; And a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A bad man hearkens to the tongue of transgressors: but a righteous man attends not to false lips.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The evil man obeyeth an unjust tongue: and the deceitful hearkeneth to lying lips.

Darby Bible Translation
The evil-doer giveth heed to iniquitous lips; the liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

English Revised Version
An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; and a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.

Webster's Bible Translation
A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips: and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

World English Bible
An evildoer heeds wicked lips. A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

Young's Literal Translation
An evil doer is attentive to lips of vanity, Falsehood is giving ear to a mischievous tongue.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
3A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but the LORD is the tester of hearts. 4A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar gives ear to a destructive tongue. 5He who mocks the poor insults their Maker; whoever gloats over calamity will not go unpunished.…
Cross References
Job 16:11
God has delivered me to unjust men; He has thrown me to the clutches of the wicked.

Proverbs 14:15
The simple man believes every word, but the prudent man watches his steps.

Treasury of Scripture

A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; and a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue.

Proverbs 28:4
They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

1 Samuel 22:17-11
And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD…

1 Kings 22:6
Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.







Lexicon
A wicked man
מֵ֭רַע (mê·ra‘)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7489: To spoil, to make, good for, nothing, bad

listens
מַקְשִׁ֣יב (maq·šîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7181: To prick up the ears, hearken

to
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

evil
אָ֑וֶן (’ā·wen)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 205: Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol

lips;
שְׂפַת־ (śə·p̄aṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

a liar
שֶׁ֥קֶר (še·qer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8267: Deception, disappointment, falsehood

gives ear
מֵ֝זִין (mê·zîn)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 238: To broaden out the ear, to listen

to
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

a destructive
הַוֺּֽת׃ (haw·wōṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1942: Desire, chasm, destruction

tongue.
לְשׁ֥וֹן (lə·šō·wn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue
Verse 4. - A wicked doer giveth heed to false (evil) lips. A bad man delights in and hearkens to evil words; he takes pleasure in those who counsel wickedness, because they are after his own heart. Like mates with like. And a liar giveth ear to a naughty (mischievous) tongue. One who is himself mendacious listens with avidity to any tale that may injure a neighbour. however monstrous and improbable it may be. Septuagint, "A wicked man listens to the tongue of transgressors; but a just man heedeth not false lips." The Greek adds here, or in some manuscripts, after ver. 6, a paragraph which is not found in the Hebrew, Syriac, or Latin: "To him who is faithful the whole world wealth belongs; but the unfaithful is not worth an obole." On this the Fathers have frequently commented (see Corn. a Lapide, in loc.). 17:4. Flatterers, especially false teachers, are welcome to those that live in sin. 5. Those that laugh at poverty, treat God's providence and precepts with contempt. 6. It is an honour to children to have wise and godly parents continued to them, even after they are grown up and settled in the world. 7. A fool, in Solomon's Proverbs, signifies a wicked man, whom excellent speech does not become, because his conversation contradicts it.
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