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Proverbs 19:28 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A worthless witness mocketh at justice; And the mouth of the wicked swalloweth iniquity.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— A witness of Belial scorneth judgment, and the mouth of the wicked swalloweth down iniquity.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— An abandoned witness, scorneth justice, and, the mouth of lawless men, swalloweth iniquity.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A worthless witness scorneth judgment, And the mouth of the wicked swalloweth iniquity.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— An unjust witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— An vngodly witnesse scorneth iudgement: and the mouth of the wicked deuoureth iniquitie.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— He that becomes surety for a foolish child will despise the ordinance: and the mouth of ungodly men shall drink down judgement.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

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.).
witness 5707
{5707} Prime
From H5749 contracted; concretely a witness; abstractly testimony; specifically a recorder, that is, prince.
scorneth 3887
{3887} Prime
A primitive root; properly to make mouths at, that is, to scoff; hence (from the effort to pronounce a foreign language) to interpret, or (generally) intercede.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
judgment: 4941
{4941} Prime
From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style.
and the 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.
of the wicked 7563
{7563} Prime
From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person.
devoureth 1104
{1104} Prime
A primitive root; to make away with (specifically by swallowing); generally to destroy.
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
iniquity. 205
{0205} Prime
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.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 19:28

_ _ ungodly witness — (Compare Margin), one false by bad principles (compare Proverbs 6:12).

_ _ scorneth judgment — sets at naught the dictates of justice.

_ _ devoureth — literally, “swalloweth,” as something delightful.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 19:28

_ _ Here is a description of the worst of sinners, whose hearts are fully set in them to do evil. 1. They set that at defiance which would deter and detain them from sin: An ungodly witness is one that bears false witness against his neighbour, and will forswear himself to do another a mischief, in which there is not only great injustice, but great impiety; this is one of the worst of men. Or an ungodly witness is one that profanely and atheistically witnesses against religion and godliness, whose instructions seduce from the words of knowledge (Proverbs 19:27); such a one scorns judgment, laughs at the terrors of the Lord, mocks at that fear, Job 15:26. Tell him of law and equity, that the scriptures and an oath are sacred things, and not to be jested with, that there will come a reckoning day; he laughs at it all, and scorns to heed it. 2. They are greedy, and glad of that which gives them an opportunity to sin: The mouth of the wicked eagerly devours iniquity, drinks it in like water, Job 15:16.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 19:28

Scorneth — Hath no reverence to the place of justice, nor to the presence of God there. Devoureth — Utters it with greediness and delight.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 19:28

An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked (k) devoureth iniquity.

(k) Takes a pleasure and delight in it, as gluttons and drunkards in delicate meats and drinks.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
An ungodly witness:
Heb. a witness of Belial,
1 Kings 21:10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And [then] carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.
1 Kings 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, [even] against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
Acts 6:11-13 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and [against] God. ... And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:


Psalms 10:5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments [are] far above out of his sight: [as for] all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
Psalms 10:11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see [it].
Isaiah 28:14-18 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which [is] in Jerusalem. ... And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
Luke 18:2-4 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: ... And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;


Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
Job 15:16 How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
Job 20:12-13 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, [though] he hide it under his tongue; ... [Though] he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:
Job 34:7 What man [is] like Job, [who] drinketh up scorning like water?
Hosea 4:8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
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1K 21:10, 13. Jb 15:16; 20:12; 34:7. Ps 10:5, 11. Pv 15:14. Is 28:14. Ho 4:8. Lk 18:2. Ac 6:11.

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