Proverbs 6:13

13 1winks with his eyes, signals[a] with his feet, points with his finger,

Proverbs 6:13 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 6:13

He winketh with his eyes
Not through natural infirmity, but purposely and with design; with one of his eyes, as Aben Ezra, as is usual with such persons: it is the air and gesture of a sneering and deceitful man, who gives the wink to some of his friends, sneering at the weakness of another in company; or as signifying to them some secret design of his against another, which he chooses not to declare in any other way; he speaketh with his feet;
the motions of the feet have a language; the stamping of the feet expresses rage; here it seems to intend the giving of a him to another, by privately pressing his foot with his, when he should be silent or should speak, or do this or the other thing he would have him do; he teacheth with his fingers;
by stretching them out or compressing them; and so showing either scorn and contempt F24, or rage and fury. The whole of it seems to design the secret, cunning, artful ways, which wicked men have to convey their meanings to one another, without being understood by other persons; they have a language to themselves, which they express by the motions of their eyes, feet, and fingers: and this character of art and cunning, dissimulation and deceit, fitly agrees with the man of sin, ( 2 Thessalonians 2:10 ) ( Revelation 13:11 ) . So mimics are said to speak with their hands; some have been famous in this way F25.


F24 "In hunc intende digitum", Plauti Pseudolus, Act. 4. Sc. 7. v. 45. "----aliis dat digito literas", Ennius.
F25 Vid. Barthii Animadv. ad Claudian. de Consul. Mallii Paneg. v. 311.

Proverbs 6:13 In-Context

11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
12 A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech,
13 winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger,
14 with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord;
15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Proverbs 10:10; Psalms 35:19

Footnotes 1

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