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

  • Ernesto Diaz
    One thing says the market owner but another says the butcher. God says one thing but we interpret another. Please do not compare a human being to a dog. We are to live for ever in Jesus dogs live and then die to never come back to life.
  • BSP
    A dog going back to its vomit is something disgusting and we can't imagine how they could even do that. Fools returning to their stupidity are likened to these dogs.
  • Jerry
    "Only the dead sin not." Paul said Romans 7:18, "...In my flesh dwelleth not good thing." Thank God there is a resurrection, and a new body coming one day! Yes, the flesh loves to sin, but we must control our fleshly appetites! It is a choice, a daily choice that must be made.
  • James walker
    The process of spiritual growth is journey that is a daily war fare of the flesh vs the spirit the decision to do the basic elements of the Faith study and meditate on the word with application prayer and praise with fellowship of likeminded people then only will we walk in the fullness of life and peace we must have a spiritual. Mind that comes through a thirst and a hunger for the things of Ya
  • Wanda Anderson
    I think every one has been in the same situation , Tara. Of repeating the same sin, but the scriptures 1 John 1: 9 says If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Keep coming to him, our Saviour and confessing till its gone.
  • 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.

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