27 A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.

Other Translations of Proverbs 16:27

King James Version

27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

English Standard Version

27 A worthless man plots evil, and his speechHebrew what is on his lips is like a scorching fire.

The Message

27 Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn.

New King James Version

27 An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire.

New Living Translation

27 Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 16:27

Commentary on Proverbs 16:27-28

(Read Proverbs 16:27-28)

Ungodly men bestow more pains to do mischief than would be needful to do good. The whisperer separates friends: what a hateful, but how common a character!