Proverbs 16:27

27 A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.[a]

Proverbs 16:27 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 16:27

An ungodly man diggeth up evil
Or "a man of Belial" F16, a worthless unprofitable man; a man without a yoke, not obedient to the law of God; such a man digs for sin as for a treasure; nor need he go far for it, he has enough in his own heart, out of the evil treasure of which he brings forth evil things; though he is more solicitious and diligent to search into the sins of others, and dig up them, which have long lain buried; as the Manichees raked up the sins of Austin in his youth; and as the Papists served Beza: but perhaps the evil of mischief is here rather intended, which a wicked man contrives and devises; a ditch he digs for others, though oftentimes he falls into it himself; and so the Septuagint and Arabic versions render it, "digs evils for himself"; not intentionally but eventually; see ( Psalms 7:15 ) ; and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire;
his tongue is a fire, it is set on fire of hell, and it sets on fire the course of nature; and with its lies, calumnies, and detractions, devours and consumer the good names, characters, and credit of men; and deserves no other than sharp arrows of the Almighty, and coals of juniper; even the everlasting fire and flames of hell, ( James 3:6 ) ( Psalms 52:2 Psalms 52:4 ) ( Psalms 120:3 Psalms 120:4 ) .


F16 (leylb vya) "vir Belijahal", Montanus, Tigurine version, Mercerus.

Proverbs 16:27 In-Context

25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it is the way of death.
26 A worker's appetite works for him because his hunger urges him on.
27 A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 A contrary man spreads conflict, and a gossip separates friends.
29 A violent man lures his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good.

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