Proverbs 17:20

20 He who has a crooked mind 1finds no good, And he who is 2perverted in his language falls into evil.

Proverbs 17:20 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 17:20

He that hath a froward heart findeth no good
Who is of a perverse spirit, meditates and devises evil things; is not ingenuous and sincere, but false and deceitful to God and men: such an one gets no good from either; he obtains not the favour of God, nor a good name, credit, and reputation among men; and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief;
or "that turns himself", or "is turned in his tongue" F23; whose tongue is changeable, as the Septuagint and Arabic versions; who sometimes says one thing, and sometimes another, and is not consistent with himself; as well as is contrary to all men: sooner or later he falls into mischief, into a pit, which he himself has dug for others; see ( James 3:6 James 3:8 ) .


F23 (wnwvlb Kphnw) "qui verterit se", Pagninus; "et verteus se in lingua sua", Montanus; "qui vertitur in lingua sua". Mercerus, Gejerus.

Proverbs 17:20 In-Context

18 A man lacking in sense pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction.
20 He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.
21 He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

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