Proverbs 10:18

18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.

Proverbs 10:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
ESV
18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.
NLT
18 Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.
MSG
18 Liars secretly hoard hatred; fools openly spread slander.
CSB
18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.

Proverbs 10:18 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 10:18

He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips
Or he whose "lying lips hide hatred", which is much the same; who pretends to be a friend, and outwardly behaves as one, but inwardly nourishes and cherishes hatred in his heart, which he covers and conceals, till he has a proper opportunity of showing it; as Absalom to Ammon, Joab to Amasa, the men of Anathoth to Jeremiah, and Judas to Christ; see ( Proverbs 26:24-26 ) . Or, "he that hideth hatred [is a man of] lying lips" {m}; he is a liar, as the person next described is a fool. And he that uttereth slander is a fool; that brings it out by wholesale, and hides it not; who openly defames his neighbour, and in the most public manner; and with a multitude of words detracts from his good name, credit, and reputation, and loads him with calumny and reproach; such a man is a fool, a very wicked man: yea, not only the public slanderer, but the secret dissembler, who thinks himself a cunning man because he hides himself; each of these is a fool, the one as well as the other. Gersom thinks there is a comparison made between the dissembler and the slanderer; the one being a liar, and the other a fool; and that the former is more abominable and pernicious than the latter.


FOOTNOTES:

F13 "Est vir laborium falsitatis", Piscator, "vel fallacium", Gejerus.

Proverbs 10:18 In-Context

16 The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.
19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

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