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Proverbs 16:27 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A worthless man deviseth mischief; And in his lips there is as a scorching fire.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A worthless man digs up evil, While his words are like scorching fire.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— A man of Belial diggeth up evil, and on his lips there is as a scorching fire.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— An abandoned man, diggeth up mischief,—and, upon his lips, as it were a fire is scorching.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A worthless man is preparing evil, And on his lips—as a burning fire.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The wicked man diggeth evil, and in his lips is a burning fire.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— An vngodly man diggeth vp euill: and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— But the perverse bears destruction upon his own mouth: a foolish man digs up evil for himself, and treasures fire on his own lips.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
An ungodly 1100
{1100} Prime
From H1097 and H3276; without profit, worthlessness; by extension destruction, wickedness (often in connection with H0376, H0802, H1121, etc.).
man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
diggeth up 3738
{3738} Prime
A primitive root; properly to dig; figuratively to plot; generally to bore or open.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
evil: 7451
{7451} Prime
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
and in x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
his lips 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.).
[there is] as a burning 6867
{6867} Prime
From H6686; conflagration (of fire or disease).
fire. 784
{0784} Prime
A primitive word; fire (literally or figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 16:27

_ _ ungodly man — (Compare Proverbs 6:12).

_ _ diggeth up evil — labors for it.

_ _ in his lips ... fire — His words are calumniating (James 3:6).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 16:27-28

_ _ There are those that are not only vicious themselves, but spiteful and mischievous to others, and they are the worst of men; two sorts of such are here described: — 1. Such as envy a man the honour of his good name, and do all they can to blast that by calumnies and misrepresentations: They dig up evil; they take a great deal of pains to find out something or other on which to ground a slander, or which may give some colour to it. If none appear above ground, rather than want it they will dig for it, by diving into what is secret, or looking a great way back, or by evil suspicions and surmises, and forced innuendos. In the lips of a slanderer and backbiter there is as a fire, not only to brand his neighbour's reputation, to smoke and sully it, but as a burning fire to consume it. And how great a matter does a little of this fire kindle, and how hardly is it extinguished! James 3:5, James 3:6. 2. Such as envy a man the comfort of his friendship, and do all they can to break that, by suggesting that on both sides which will set those at variance that are most nearly related and have been long intimate, or at least cool and alienate their affections one from another: A froward man, that cannot find in his heart to love any body but himself, is vexed to see others live in love, and therefore makes it is his business to sow strife, by giving men base characters one of another, telling lies, and carrying ill-natured stories between chief friends, so as to separate them one from another, and make them angry at or at least suspicious of one another. Those are bad men, and bad women too, that do such ill offices; they are doing the devil's work, and his will their wages be.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 16:27

Diggeth up — Prosecutes his evil designs with great industry. His lips — His tongue is set on fire of hell.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 16:27

An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips [there is] as a (m) burning fire.

(m) For he consumes himself and others.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
An ungodly man:
Heb. a man of Belial,
1 Samuel 25:17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he [is such] a son of Belial, that [a man] cannot speak to him.
2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name [was] Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel.


Proverbs 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures;
Psalms 17:14-15 From men [which are] thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, [which have] their portion in [this] life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid [treasure]: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their [substance] to their babes. ... As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Isaiah 5:18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, [is it] not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?


Psalms 52:2-4 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. ... Thou lovest all devouring words, O [thou] deceitful tongue.
Psalms 57:4 My soul [is] among lions: [and] I lie [even among] them that are set on fire, [even] the sons of men, whose teeth [are] spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
James 3:6 And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
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