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Proverbs 10:32

32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

Read Proverbs 10:32 Using Other Translations

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.
The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.

What does Proverbs 10:32 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 10:32

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable
To God and man; what is well pleasing to, God, and what ministers grace to the hearers, or what is grateful: and such things they will deliver out; they are used and accustomed to them; not only the righteous know in their judgment what is acceptable, but they use themselves to say those things; they not only know them in theory, but practise them: some men know what is acceptable, but their lips do not know it; they are not used to it, but the contrary; but the mouth of the wicked [speaketh] frowardness;
or perverse things, as before. Or, "the mouth of the wicked [knoweth] frowardness" F2; or perverse things; or is used only to speak froward things; things contrary to truth and righteousness, and which they know to be so; their mouth speaks things contrary to their hearts; their hearts and mouths do not agree, when they both flatter and lie.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 "Novit tantum perversa", Michaelis,
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