Proverbs 17:4

“A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A wicked doer giueth heed to false lips: and a liar giueth eare to a naughtie tongue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

An evildoer listens to wicked lips; A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; `And' a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A wrongdoer gives attention to evil lips, and a man of deceit gives ear to a damaging tongue.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

An evil doer is attentive to lips of vanity, Falsehood is giving ear to a mischievous tongue.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; and a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 17:4


17:4 False lips - To false accusations and calumnies, which give him occasion and encouragement to do mischief.


Discussion for Proverbs 17:4

  • This is why we tell people to consider the source when they are told something. Gossip is a weapon of the enemy.
  • I like this verse because it gives insight to how some people think. This is a verse that I see take place with coworkers.

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