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Proverbs 17:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; [And] a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; [and] a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— An evildoer listens to wicked lips; A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips: [and] a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The evil-doer giveth heed to iniquitous lips; the liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Discord, giveth heed to the aggrieving lip,—Falsehood, giveth ear to the destroying tongue.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— An evil doer is attentive to lips of vanity, Falsehood is giving ear to a mischievous tongue.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The evil man obeyeth an unjust tongue: and the deceitful hearkeneth to lying lips.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A wicked doer giueth heed to false lips: [and] a liar giueth eare to a naughtie tongue.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A bad man hearkens to the tongue of transgressors: but a righteous man attends not to false lips.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; [and] a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A wicked doer 7489
{7489} Prime
רָעַע
ra`a`
{raw-ah'}
A primitive root; properly to spoil (literally by breaking to pieces); figuratively to make (or be) good for nothing, that is, bad (physically, socially or morally). (associate selves and show self friendly are by mistake for H7462.).
z8688
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
giveth heed 7181
{7181} Prime
קָשַׁב
qashab
{kaw-shab'}
A primitive root; to prick up the ears, that is, hearken.
z8688
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
to x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
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.
false 205
{0205} Prime
אָוֶן
'aven
{aw-ven'}
From an unused root perhaps meaning properly to pant (hence to exert oneself, usually in vain; to come to naught); strictly nothingness; also trouble, vanity, wickedness; specifically an idol.
lips; 8193
{8193} Prime
שָׂפָה
saphah
{saw-faw'}
(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.).
[and] a liar 8267
{8267} Prime
שֶׁקֶר
sheqer
{sheh'-ker}
From H8266; an untruth; by implication a sham (often adverbially).
giveth ear 238
{0238} Prime
אָזַן
'azan
{aw-zan'}
A primitive root; probably to expand; but used only as a denominative from H0241; to broaden out the ear (with the hand), that is, (by implication) to listen.
z8688
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
to x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
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.
a naughty 1942
{1942} Prime
הַוָּה
havvah
{hav-vaw'}
From H1933 (in the sense of eagerly coveting and rushing upon; by implication of falling); desire; also ruin.
tongue. 3956
{3956} Prime
לָשׁוֹן
lashown
{law-shone'}
From H3960; the tongue (of man or animals), used literally (as the instrument of licking, eating, or speech), and figuratively (speech, an ingot, a fork of flame, a cove of water).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 17:4

_ _ Wicked doers and speakers alike delight in calumny.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 17:4

_ _ Note, 1. Those that design to do ill support themselves by falsehood and lying: A wicked doer gives ear, with a great deal of pleasure, to false lips, that will justify him in the ill he does, to those that aim to make public disturbances, catch greedily at libels, and false stories, that defame the government and the administration. 2. Those that take the liberty to tell lies take a pleasure in hearing them told: A liar gives heed to a malicious backbiting tongue, that he may have something to graft his lies upon, and with which to give them some colour of truth and so to support them. Sinners will strengthen one another's hands; and those show that they are bad themselves who court the acquaintance and need the assistance of those that are bad.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 17:4

False lips — To false accusations and calumnies, which give him occasion and encouragement to do mischief.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Proverbs 28:4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
1 Samuel 22:7-11 Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, [and] make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds; ... Then the king sent to call Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests that [were] in Nob: and they came all of them to the king.
1 Kings 22:6-28 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. ... And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of you.
Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love [to have it] so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; ... And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
1 John 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
Revelation 13:3-8 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. ... And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
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