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Proverbs 21:28 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A false witness shall perish; But the man that heareth shall speak so as to endure.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A false witness will perish, But the man who listens [to the truth] will speak forever.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— A lying witness shall perish; and a man that heareth shall speak constantly.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A false witness, shall perish, but, the man who hearkeneth, with abiding effect, shall speak.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A false witness doth perish, And an attentive man for ever speaketh.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A lying witness shall perish: an obedient man shall speak of victory.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A false witnesse shall perish: but the man that heareth, speaketh constantly.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A false witness shall perish; but an obedient man will speak cautiously.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A false 3577
{3577} Prime
From H3576; falsehood; literally (untruth) or figuratively (idol).
witness 5707
{5707} Prime
From H5749 contracted; concretely a witness; abstractly testimony; specifically a recorder, that is, prince.
shall perish: 6
{0006} Prime
A primitive root; properly to wander away, that is lose oneself; by implication to perish (causatively, destroy).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
but the 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.).
that heareth 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
speaketh 1696
{1696} Prime
A primitive root; perhaps properly to arrange; but used figuratively (of words) to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue.
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
constantly. 5331
{5331} Prime
From H5329; properly a goal, that is, the bright object at a distance travelled towards; hence (figuratively), splendor, or (subjectively) truthfulness, or (objectively) confidence; but usually (adverbially), continually (that is, to the most distant point of view).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 21:28

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 19:5).

_ _ that heareth — or heeds instruction, and so grows wise.

_ _ speaketh constantly — or sincerely (compare Habakkuk 1:5), and hence is believed (Proverbs 12:19; James 1:19).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 21:28

_ _ Here is, 1. The doom of a false witness. He who, for favour to one side or malice to the other, gives in a false evidence, or makes an affidavit of that which he knows to be false, or at least does not know to be true, if it be discovered, his reputation will be ruined. A man may tell a lie perhaps in his haste; but he that gives a false testimony does it with deliberation and solemnity, and it cannot but be a presumptuous sin, and a forfeiture of man's credit. But, though he should not be discovered, he himself shall be ruined; the vengeance he imprecated upon himself, when he took the false oath, will come upon him. 2. The praise of him that is conscientious: He who hears (that is, obeys) the command of God, which is to speak every man truth with his neighbour, he who testifies nothing but what he has heard and knows to be true, speaks constantly (that is, consistently with himself); he is always in the same story; he speaks in finemto the end; people will give credit to him and hear him out; he speaks unto victory; he carries the cause, which the false witness shall lose; he shall speak to eternity. What is true is true eternally. The lip of truth is established for ever.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 21:28

Heareth — He witnesses nothing but what he has heard or seen. Constantly — Always affirms the same thing.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 21:28

A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth (m) speaketh constantly.

(m) He may boldly testify the truth that he has heard.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
false witness:
Heb. witness of lies,
Proverbs 6:19 A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Proverbs 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall not escape.
Proverbs 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall perish.
Proverbs 25:18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour [is] a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
Exodus 23:1 Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
Deuteronomy 19:16-19 If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him [that which is] wrong; ... Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.

the man:

Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue [is] but for a moment.
Acts 12:15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.
2 Corinthians 1:17-20 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay? ... For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
2 Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
Titus 3:8 [This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
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Ex 23:1. Dt 19:16. Pv 6:19; 12:19; 19:5, 9; 25:18. Ac 12:15. 2Co 1:17; 4:13. Tit 3:8.

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