Proverbs 13:5

5 The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.

Proverbs 13:5 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
English Standard Version (ESV)
5 The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.
New Living Translation (NLT)
5 The godly hate lies; the wicked cause shame and disgrace.
The Message Bible (MSG)
5 A good person hates false talk; a bad person wallows in gibberish.
American Standard Version (ASV)
5 A righteous man hateth lying; But a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
5 A righteous person hates lying, but a wicked person behaves with shame and disgrace.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
5 The righteous hate lying, but the wicked act disgustingly and disgracefully.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
5 Those who do right hate what is false. But those who do wrong bring shame and dishonor.

Proverbs 13:5 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 13:5

A righteous [man] hateth lying
Or, "a word of falsehood" {y}; as being contrary to honour, truth, and conscience. He hates it in himself and others; he hates all sorts of lies, lies in common conversation, religious lies, doctrinal ones, false doctrines, lies spoken in hypocrisy; such as the followers of antichrist spread, being given up unto them that they might be damned, ( 1 Timothy 4:2 ) ( 2 Thessalonians 2:11 2 Thessalonians 2:12 ) ; these are an abomination to God and all good men, ( Revelation 21:27 ) ; but a wicked [man] is loathsome, and cometh to shame;
or, "causes" or "spreads a stink" F26: all wicked men are loathsome and abominable, being very corrupt in principle and practice; all over defiled with sin, and covered with wounds, bruises, and putrefying sores, from the crown of the head to the sole of the feet; and especially liars, who are often brought to shame and confusion in this life, and will hereafter come to everlasting shame and contempt. Or, "makes himself to stink" F1; in the nostrils of all good men, and so brought to shame: or "digs"; a metaphor, as Cartwright thinks, from those that dig in the earth, where such as are covered with shame would gladly put their heads.


F25 (rqv rbd) "verbum falsitatis", Montanus, Michaelis; "verbum fuci", Schulteus.
F26 (vyaby) "foetere facit", Vatablus, Mercerus; "foetere faciet", Montanus; "foetere fecit foetorem", Gussetius, p. 114. "foetorem spargit", Schultens.
F1 "Se ipse foetere facit", Coccei Lexic. col. 77. "foetidum se reddit", Piscator.

Proverbs 13:5 In-Context

3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
4 A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
5 The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves.
6 Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
7 One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Psalms 119:128
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