Proverbs 25:18

18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.

Proverbs 25:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
ESV
18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
NLT
18 Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.
MSG
18 Anyone who tells lies against the neighbors in court or on the street is a loose cannon.
CSB
18 A man giving false testimony against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.

Proverbs 25:18 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 25:18

A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour
In whose house he has often been, and whom he has frequently visited; and, observing what was done there, not only discovers and tells abroad the secrets of his family, but even things which are false; yea, in a court of judicature, appears a witness against him, and swears falsely to his hurt and prejudice. Such a man [is] a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow;
that is, to his neighbour, against whom he bears false witness; and, by so doing, he mauls his fame, his credit, character, and reputation; and, as with a sword, takes away his life; and against whom there is no more guarding than against a sharp arrow, that comes from afar, suddenly and swiftly.

Proverbs 25:18 In-Context

16 If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it, and you will vomit.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house— too much of you, and they will hate you.
18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.
19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Psalms 57:4; S Proverbs 12:18