Proverbs 29:5

5 Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.

Read Proverbs 29:5 Using Other Translations

A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet.

What does Proverbs 29:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 29:5

A man that flattereth his neighbour
That speaks smooth things to him gives him flattering titles, speaks fair to his face, highly commends him on one account or another: spreadeth a net for his feet;
has an idle design upon him, and therefore should be guarded against; his view is to draw him into a snare and make a prey of him; he attacks him on his weak side, and hopes to make some advantage of it to himself; wherefore flatterers should be avoided as pernicious persons; or he spreads a net for his own feet, and is taken in the snare which he had laid for his neighbour; or falls into the pit he dug for him, as Gersom observes; see ( Psalms 140:5 ) ( Hosea 5:1 ) .

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