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Proverbs 11:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— With his mouth the godless man destroyeth his neighbor; But through knowledge shall the righteous be delivered.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— An hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— With [his] mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbor: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— With his mouth a hypocrite destroyeth his neighbour; but through knowledge are the righteous delivered.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— With the mouth, a profane man destroyeth his neighbour, but, through knowledge, shall righteous men be delivered.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— With the mouth a hypocrite corrupteth his friend, And by knowledge the righteous are drawn out.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The dissembler with his mouth deceiveth his friend: but the just shall be delivered by knowledge.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— An hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the iust be deliuered.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— In the mouth of ungodly men is a snare to citizens: but the understanding of righteous men is prosperous.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— An hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
An hypocrite 2611
{2611} Prime
From H2610; soiled (that is, with sin), impious.
with [his] mouth 6310
{6310} Prime
From H6284; the mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literally or figuratively (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to.
destroyeth 7843
{7843} Prime
A primitive root; to decay, that is, (causatively) ruin (literally or figuratively).
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
his neighbour: 7453
{7453} Prime
From H7462; an associate (more or less close).
but through knowledge 1847
{1847} Prime
From H3045; knowledge.
shall the just 6662
{6662} Prime
From H6663; just.
be delivered. 2502
{2502} Prime
A primitive root; to pull off; hence (intensively) to strip, (reflexively) to depart; by implication to deliver, equip (for fight); present, strengthen.
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 11:9

_ _ (Compare Psalms 35:16; Daniel 11:32). The just is saved by superior discernment.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 11:9

_ _ Here is, 1. Hypocrisy designing ill. It is not only the murderer with his sword, but the hypocrite with his mouth, that destroys his neighbour, decoying him into sin, or into mischief, by the specious pretences of kindness and good-will. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, but no tongue more fatal than the flattering tongue. 2. Honesty defeating the design and escaping the snare: Through knowledge of the devices of Satan shall the just be delivered from the snares which the hypocrite has laid for him; seducers shall not deceive the elect. By the knowledge of God, and the scriptures, and their own hearts, shall the just be delivered from those that lie in wait to deceive, and so to destroy, Romans 16:18, Romans 16:19.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 11:9

Delivered — From the infection of the hypocrite's evil counsel.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 11:9

An (d) hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

(d) A deceiver who pretends friendship, but privately is an enemy.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
An hypocrite:
Or rather, as chanaiph properly signifies, a wicked, profligate person, an infidel.
1 Kings 13:18-22 He said unto him, I [am] a prophet also as thou [art]; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. [But] he lied unto him. ... But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which [the LORD] did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.
1 Kings 22:6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver [it] into the hand of the king.
1 Kings 22:20-23 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. ... Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.
Job 8:13 So [are] the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:
Job 34:30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
Psalms 55:12 For [it was] not an enemy [that] reproached me; then I could have borne [it]: neither [was it] he that hated me [that] did magnify [himself] against me; then I would have hid myself from him:
Psalms 55:20-21 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. ... [The words] of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war [was] in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet [were] they drawn swords.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 15:5-14 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to [his] father or [his] mother, [It is] a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; ... Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. ... Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
2 Thessalonians 2:8-10 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: ... And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; ... Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. ... And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.


Proverbs 2:10-16 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; ... To deliver thee from the strange woman, [even] from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words;
Proverbs 4:5-6 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget [it] not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. ... Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
Proverbs 6:23-24 For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life: ... To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Mark 13:22-23 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect. ... But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
Ephesians 4:13-14 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: ... That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
2 Peter 3:16-18 As also in all [his] epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as [they do] also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. ... But grow in grace, and [in] the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him [be] glory both now and for ever. Amen.
1 John 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
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1K 13:18; 22:6, 20. Jb 8:13; 34:30. Ps 55:12, 20. Pv 2:10; 4:5; 6:23. Mt 7:15; 15:5. Mk 13:14, 22. Ac 20:30. 2Co 11:13. Ep 4:13. 2Th 2:8. 1Ti 4:1. 2P 2:1; 3:16. 1Jn 2:21, 27.

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