Proverbs 26:28

A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

– Proverbs 26:28

This saying concludes this section with wisdom observations on lying and flattering. The word for hateth is sometimes translated as enemy, but most often as some form of hate. The word for afflicted means crushed, or injured. A liar is an enemy to and injurer of those he lies to. The righteous, or wise, man hates lying (Proverbs 13:5) and wisdom teaches to put it far from us (Proverbs 4:24). The word for flattering means smooth (Proverbs 5:3) and is readily grouped with lying. The word for ruin means overthrow and indicates the inevitable outcome of lying and flattering.




Proverbs 21:6

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of that seek death.
– Proverbs 21:6

The wording of this proverb is difficult and interpretations vary. The first phrase clearly speaks of acquiring wealth through deceit. Such wealth is the ill-gotten gains we frequently speak of from Proverbs (Proverbs 10:2; 13:11; 20:14). The second phrase gives two consequences of profit by deception. Some like fleeting vapor for vanity tossed to and fro. Wealth acquired through ill means does not last, or does not bring the satisfaction sought. The second consequence of ill-gotten gains is to be ensnared by death. This looks more to the judgment to come on the one who lies, cheats, and steals his way to riches.

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Proverbs 13:5

A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
– Proverbs 13:5

The righteous deal in honesty. They hate, or make themselves the enemy of lying. So the righteous abominate what is false (Proverbs 6:17). The contrast is with the person of the wicked man. The word for loathsome means to stink and shame means to blush. The wicked deal and trade in lies and slander and come to shame (Proverbs 3:35; 6:12-14; 16:27-28).

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Proverbs 12:22

Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
– Proverbs 12:22

A lying tongue is on the famous list of what the Lord hates (Proverbs 6:16-17). The word for abomination means hateful or detestable. The contrast is with those who deal truly. This casts the proverb in light of the habits or practice of those who deal falsely or truly. The latter is the delight, or pleasure, of the Lord.

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Proverbs 6:17

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
– Proverbs 6:17

A proud, or high, look speaks of having high thoughts of oneself. The evil man winks with eyes (Proverbs 6:13), with thoughts of superiority. Pride is antithetical to wisdom-engendered humility and God hates it. A lying tongue is a deception or fraud. The evil man has a froward, or a perverse, mouth (Proverbs 6:12). Such speech is used to cheat and beguile people into sin and to exonerate oneself unjustly. Hands shedding innocent blood refers directly to murder, though there is guilt enough in complicity to murder indirectly. Jesus said that hating your brother without cause also violated the law commanding us to not kill (Matthew 5:21-22). The evil man also employs his fingers to the hurt of others (Proverbs 6:13).

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