Proverbs 16:28

28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

Proverbs 16:28 in Other Translations

28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
28 A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.
28 Troublemakers start fights; gossips break up friendships.
28 A contrary man spreads conflict, and a gossip separates friends.

Proverbs 16:28 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 16:28

A froward man soweth strife
Or "a man of perversenesses" {q}; in whose heart is frowardness and perverseness; and whose mouth speaketh froward and perverse things, contrary to reason, law, and Gospel; and who has a spirit of contradiction, and is contrary to all men in his principles and practices; such a man sows discord and strife wherever he comes, in families, in neighbourhoods, in churches, in commonwealths, in civil and religious societies; and he seldom fails of finding a soil fit for his purpose, or ground susceptive of the seed he sows, where it takes root and thrives; see ( Proverbs 6:19 ) ; and a whisperer separateth chief friends;
one that goes from place to place, from house to house, carrying tales, whispering into the ears of persons things prejudicial to the characters of others, mere lies and falsehoods; such a man by his conduct separates one friend from another, even chief friends, that have been for a long time in the closest and most intimate friendship; he alienates their minds one from another, so that they will not come near one another, or keep up any correspondence as before. The word for "chief friends" is in the singular number, and signifies a prince or leader; and such men, according to the station they are in, and the influence they have, separate princes, as the Vulgate Latin version renders it, from their subjects, and stir up the latter to rebel against them; at least alienate their affections from them; and pastors of churches from their flocks, and husbands from their wives: and such a man, at last, when found out, separates his best friends from himself, as well as from one another; who drop him as a worthless person, yea, as dangerous to converse with; so sin, that whisperer and agitator, separates between God and men, ( Isaiah 59:2 ) .


F17 (twkpht vya) "vir perversitatum", Montanus, Baynus, Schultens; "vir perversitatibus deditus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

Proverbs 16:28 In-Context

26 The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.
27 A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good.
30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity; whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Proverbs 14:17; Proverbs 15:18
  • 2. Proverbs 17:9
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