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

  • Steve morrow
    pro 26:16 the sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason acts 17:11these were more noble than those in Thessalonica in that they received the word with all readiness of mind and searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so 2 tim 2:15 study to show thyself approved unto GOD a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth
  • Dennis
    Esther 8 18 Last verse last portion And many people became jews that day because fear of the jews fell upon the people
  • Steve morrow
    PRO 26:16 THE SLUGGARD IS WISER IN HIS OWN CONCEIT THAN SEVEN MEN THAT CAN RENDER A REASON ACTS 17:11 THESE WERE MORE NOBLE THAN THOSE IN THESSALONICA IN THAT THEY RECEIVED THE WORD WITH ALL READINESS OF MIND AND SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES DAILY WHETHER THOSE THINGS WERE SO 2 TIM2:15 STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH
  • Irene123
    I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed", Mal. 3:6
  • Irene123
    I know there are not just 'some' who are predestined for salvation; Acts 10:34; 2 Sam. 14:14; @ Chr. 19:7; Rom. 2:11; and several more. It' not His will that any be lost. In the O.T., even tho' the Israelites were His chosen - even a heathen could be of His people if he was circumcised and obeyed the law. God really was no respecter even back then. "I change not; .................."
  • Justme
    Pray for me that sounds like me my habit.

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