Proverbs 26:23

“Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Burning lips, and a wicked heart, are like a potsheard couered with siluer drosse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{Like} an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Fervent lips and a wicked heart Are `like' an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Smooth lips and an evil heart are like a vessel of earth plated with silver waste.
- Basic English Bible

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

Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
- Webster's Bible

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

Silver of dross spread over potsherd, [Are] burning lips and an evil heart.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Burning lips and a wicked heart are like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 26:23


26:23 Burning - With malice or hatred: A slanderous or evil tongue. Dross - Such a tongue and heart are of no real worth, although sometimes they make a shew of it, as dross does of silver.


Discussion for Proverbs 26

  • Bill Ernstberger
    Near as I can tell, the word "fool" refers to the non-elect, the haters of God, all those dead in sin and trespasses, just as the word "remnant" makes reference to those chosen ones of God, the elect, the predestined, the saved.
  • Duncan Ang'u
    Please help me understand the context of being a fool. This is one chapter that reveals to us Christians how being a fool is such sin. Thank you.
  • Tara lambert for verse 11
    This verse is so true!! As much as I try too not repeat the same sin over and over again, knowing what the outcome will be. I still return too it. Does anyone else have this problem?? An answer to why I keep doing this?? I love God with all my heart and hate letting him down and i know right from wrong but i still keep doing that stupid sin darn it! So to me this verse is so true about me . It's like God wrote it just to me...
  • Don't return to your folly after the Lord has delivered you there will be no change
  • Answer not a fool according to his folly, is exactly what it means. Ecclesiastes 2:13 KJV Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. A fool who has no understanding will not bridle his tongue and Remember the name of our Savior YASHAYAH in the night. If a wise man answer a fool according to his folly, he too will be like him, forgetting what the Messiah did for us at the Cross and not bridle his tongue and enter into rest. YASHAYAH HA MESSIAH IS COME IN THE FLESH. Selah
  • Clayton dyck
    Jesus fufilled the law we who repent and believe are no longer under it. Jesus commandment was for us believers to love one another.

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