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Proverbs 26:19

19 is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!”

Read Proverbs 26:19 Using Other Translations

So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I am only joking!"
is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.”

What does Proverbs 26:19 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 26:19

So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbour
By telling him a lie; or by reporting false things concerning him; or by cheating him in trade and commerce; or by taking his goods privately from him; and, when caught in either of these, and saith, Am not I in sport?
do not be angry, I designed no hurt; it is all in jest, a mere joke: but, had he not been apprehended, it would have been in earnest, as he was. This is only an excuse, and as absurd an one as if a man should set fire to his neighbour's house and barns, or throw arrows at him, or strike him with any instrument of death, as the sword and then say he was only in jest, or pretend madness.

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