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Proverbs 10:10 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow; But a prating fool shall fall.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— He who winks the eye causes trouble, And a babbling fool will be ruined.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— He that winketh with the eye causeth grief, and a prating fool shall fall.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He that winketh with the eye, causeth sorrow, and, he that is foolish with his lips, shall be thrust aside.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Whoso is winking the eye giveth grief, And a talkative fool kicketh.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that winketh with the eye, shall cause sorrow: and the foolish in lips shall be beaten.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Hee that winketh with the eye, causeth sorrow: but a prating foole shall fall.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— He that winks with his eyes deceitfully, procures griefs for men; but he that reproves boldly is a peacemaker.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He that winketh 7169
{7169} Prime
A primitive root; to pinch, that is, (partially) to bite the lips, blink the eyes (as a gesture of malice), or (fully) to squeeze off (a piece of clay in order to mould a vessel from it).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
with the eye 5869
{5869} Prime
Probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy a fountain (as the eye of the landscape).
causeth 5414
{5414} Prime
A primitive root; to give, used with great latitude of application (put, make, etc.).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
sorrow: 6094
{6094} Prime
From H6087; an idol; also a pain or wound.
but a prating 8193
{8193} Prime
(The second form is in dual and plural); Probably from H5595 or H8192 through the idea of termination (compare H5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication language; by analogy a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.).
fool 191
{0191} Prime
From an unused root (meaning to be perverse); (figuratively) silly.
shall fall. 3832
{3832} Prime
A primitive root; to overthrow; intransitively to fall.
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 10:10

_ _ Two vices contrasted; hypocrisy, or insinuating evil against one (Proverbs 6:13; Psalms 35:19), and rashness of speech. In each case, the results are on the evildoers.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 10:10

_ _ Mischief is here said to attend, 1. Politic, designing, self-disguising sinners: He that winks with the eye, as if he took no notice of you, when at the same time he is watching an opportunity to do you an ill turn, that makes signs to his accomplices when to come into assist him in executing his wicked projects, which are all carried on by trick and artifice, causes sorrow both to others and to himself. Ingenuity will be no excuse for iniquity, but the sinner must either repent or do worse, either rue it or be ruined by it. 2. Public, silly, self-exposing sinners: A prating fool, whose sins go before unto judgment, shall fall, as was said before, Proverbs 10:8. But his case is less dangerous of the two, and, though he destroys himself, he does not create so much sorrow to others as he that winks with his eyes. The dog that bites is not always the dog that barks.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 10:10

Winketh — That secretly designs mischief against others, as this phrase is used, Psalms 35:19.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 10:10

He that (e) winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a (f) prating fool shall fall.

(e) That bears a fair countenance and imagines mischief in his heart, as in (Proverbs 6:13).

(f) For the corruption of his heart is known by his talk.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 6:13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
Job 15:12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,
Psalms 35:19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: [neither] let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.


Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
Proverbs 18:6-7 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. ... A fool's mouth [is] his destruction, and his lips [are] the snare of his soul.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

or, be beaten,
3 John 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth [them] out of the church.
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