Proverbs 6 12

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What is the easiest way to spot a wicked man or woman? Check their police record? Smell for drugs? Look for tattoos? No, no, no. Listen for a froward mouth. A man&#;s words say more about him than most other indicators. Evil speech proves an evil man. The description of naughty persons should silence those that love to wag their tongues.

This proverb identifies naughty and wicked people (Pr ). Wisdom includes discerning character. You must avoid fools and scorners; you must seek wise and good men (Pr ; ; ). The world is full of bad people, and wise men will mark and avoid them. The lesson here is that a person&#;s speech indicates character very well.

Of course, they will say, &#;You do not know my heart, so you cannot judge me.&#; They say this to justify and excuse their wicked actions. But you can see their hearts clearly, for the froward words of their mouths leak like sewer from their froward hearts (Pr ).

Jesus Christ taught plainly that a wicked mouth proves a wicked heart (Luke ). A pure heart is known by gracious speech (Pr ). Good speech does not come from an evil heart, and neither can evil speech come from a good heart. This is wisdom. Learn it.

Two words in this proverb are not often used, so review their English definitions.

Naughty. Characterized by moral badness or wickedness; bad, wrong, blameworthy, improper.

Froward. Disposed to go counter to what is demanded or what is reasonable; perverse, difficult to deal with, hard to please; refractory, ungovernable; bad, evilly-disposed, &#;naughty&#;.

Naughty and wicked people have bad, evil, wrong, or dangerous hearts. They are fools, scorners, or worse. Because you must avoid them, you need to learn to spot them. Their speech will be contrary, unreasonable, negative, critical, ornery, disrespectful, haughty, harsh, rebellious, or profane. They cannot always hide it, for their hearts are evil.

Parents, hear and correct such speech in your children. Foolishness and wickedness can be driven out, if you use the rod and reproof early enough (Pr ,15; ; ). Permissive or pampering parenting does not work and will produce naughty and wicked persons. Teach children godliness and humility instead and gracious speech at all times.

When you spot a naughty person, go from him (Pr ; ; ). He will snare your soul, waste your time, or bring contention and trouble. Do not fear him, for calamities are soon coming to his life. God will destroy him suddenly without remedy (Pr ).

Paul prayed for deliverance from unreasonable and wicked men, for he knew that only men with good hearts and faith were his object (II Thess ). Regeneration makes this difference. Let the lesson teach you to be such a person today (Phil ; Eph ).

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New International Version
A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,

New Living Translation
What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars,

English Standard Version
A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech,

Berean Study Bible
A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth,

King James Bible
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

New King James Version
A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth;

New American Standard Bible
A worthless person, a wicked man, Is one who walks with a perverse mouth,

A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,

A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a false mouth,

Amplified Bible
A worthless person, a wicked man, Is one who walks with a perverse (corrupt, vulgar) mouth.

Christian Standard Bible
A worthless person, a wicked man goes around speaking dishonestly,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A worthless person, a wicked man goes around speaking dishonestly,

American Standard Version
A worthless person, a man of iniquity, Is he that walketh with a perverse mouth;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A foolish evil man walks in rebellion.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A foolish man and a transgressor goes in ways that are not good.

Contemporary English Version
Worthless liars go around

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man that is an apostate, an unprofitable man, walketh with a perverse mouth,

English Revised Version
A worthless person, a man of iniquity; he walketh with a froward mouth;

Good News Translation
Worthless, wicked people go around telling lies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A good-for-nothing scoundrel is a person who has a dishonest mouth.

International Standard Version
A worthless man, a wicked man, goes around with devious speech,

JPS Tanakh
A base person, a man of iniquity, Is he that walketh with a froward mouth;

Literal Standard Version
A man of worthlessness, a man of iniquity, Walking [with] perverseness of mouth,

NET Bible
A worthless and wicked person walks around saying perverse things;

New Heart English Bible
A worthless person, a man of iniquity, is he who walks with a perverse mouth;

World English Bible
A worthless person, a man of iniquity, is he who walks with a perverse mouth;

Young's Literal Translation
A man of worthlessness, a man of iniquity, Walking with perverseness of mouth,

Additional Translations


Warnings Against Foolishness
&#;11and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and need like a bandit. 12A worthlessperson,a wickedman,walkswith a perversemouth,13winking his eyes, speaking with his feet, and pointing with his fingers.&#;

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Cross References

to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perversity,

Put away deception from your mouth; keep your lips from perverse speech.

To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech.

The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.

A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.

Treasury of Scripture

A naughty person, a wicked man, walks with a fraudulent mouth.


The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

1 Samuel
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.


Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.

To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(k). Eleventh DiscourseAgainst Deceit and Malice (Proverbs ).

(12) A naughty personAccording to its original meaning, a "worthless" person, Heb. a man of Belial,

Froward mouthComp. Proverbs

Pulpit Commentary

Verses Eleventh admonitory discourse. Warning against mischievousness as a thing hateful to God.The connection of this with the preceding discourse is not at first sight very clear, but it may be found in the fact, attested only too unhappily by experience, that sloth leads those who indulge in it to such vices as are next enumerated. The sluggard may develop into a treacherous and deceitful man, and even if such should not happen, the characteristics of the two are nearly allied, and their end is much the same. St. Paul, in his First Epistle to Timothy, observes this same combination of character, and remarks that idlers are "tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not" (see 1 Timothy ). The intention of the discourse is obviously to dissuade all, and especially the young, from the vices, and to preserve them from the ruin, of those men of whom "the naughty person and wicked man" is the type. Verse A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.The teacher begins by stating in general terms the nature and character of the man whom he now holds up as a warning to others, and then proceeds to point out the various features in his conduct and behaviour by which he may be known. In concise terms he is described as "a naughty person, a wicked man." This is pre-eminently his character, and the first feature in it is that his life is one of wilful and injurious misreprescntation of the truth. A naughty person, a wicked man.In apposition and mutually explanatory. The grammatical arrangement of the sentences which follow, each of which is introduced by a participle, and is thus coordinate to the ethers, as well as the parallel terms, "person" (adam) and "man" (ish), determine this apposition. So Bertheau and Delitzsch. Others (as Zockler, Noyes, Kamph), however, connect the second expression with the series of characteristics which follow, and render, "A worthless person is a deceiver, who," etc., but wrongly. A naughty person(Hebrew, adam b'liyyaal); literally, a man of Belial; Vulgate, homo apostata; LXX., ἀνὴρ ἄφρων. The word "Belial" is derived from b'li, "without," and yaal, "profit" (i.e."without profit"), or from b'liand ol, "yoke" (i.e."without yoke"), and strictly signifies either a worthless or a lawless person. The latter derivation is, however, rejected by Gesenius and others. Its abstract signification is worthlessness, uselessness; its concrete or adjectival, worthless. The word "naughty" (Anglo-Saxon, naht, ne aht, "not anything," equivalent to "nothing"), in the sense of good-for-nothing, ne'er-do-well, adopted in the Authorized Version, exactly reproduces its strict etymological meaning. The word, however, always carries with it the idea of moral turpitude. In the present instance its meaning is determined by the appositional phrase, "a man of iniquity," or "a wicked man," and such iniquity as takes the form of mischief making, deceit, and sowing discord among brethren. The "man of Belial" is not therefore simply, as its etymological derivation would imply, a worthless individual, one who is of no use either to himself or to the community at large, but a positively wicked, iniquitous, and despicable character. The meaning of the word varies in other passages. Thus in Deuteronomy , where it first occurs, it is used to designate those who have fallen sway into idolatry, and induce others to follow their example. In this sense it corresponds with the Vulgate, apostata, assignifying a defection from the worship of the true God. Again, in 1 Samuel it is applied to the profanation of sacred places. When Hannah is accused by Eli of drunkenness in God's house at Shiloh, she replies, "Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial." In the historical books (e.g.Judges, 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles), where it is of frequent occurrence, it has the general meaning of "wickedness," under whatever form it appears. So in the Psalms (Psalm ; Psalm ; Psalm ) and Nahum (Nahum , 15). In the Book of Job (Job , once only) it is used adjectively and as a term of reproach, "Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked [b'liyyaal; i.e.'worthless']?" Individuals possessing the qualities of worthlessness, profanity, or wickedness are designated in Holy Scripture either as "sons," "children," "daughters," or "men of Belial." The word only occurs in two other passages in the Proverbs - Proverbs and Proverbs In the New Testament (2 Corinthians ) the word "Belial" (Greek, βελίαρor βελίαλ) appears as an appellative of Satan, ὁ πονηρὸς, "the evil one," as the representative of all that is bad, and as antichrist. A wicked man(Hebrew, ish aven); literally, a man of vanityor iniquity; Vulgate, vir inutilis; LXX., ἀνὴρ παράνομος. The radical idea of aven(from un, "nothing") is that of emptiness or vanity, and has much, therefore, in common with b'liyaal.Its secondary meaning, and that which it usually bears in Scripture, is iniquity. "A man of iniquity" is one who is altogether deficient in moral consciousness, and who goes about to work wickedness and do hurt and injury to others (cf. ver. 18 and Job ). Walketh with a froward mouth.His first characteristic, as already observed. His whole life and conduct are marked by craftiness, deceit, perversion, and misrepresentation, and an utter want of truth. "Walking" is here, as elsewhere in Scripture, used of some particular course of conduct. So we find the LXX. paraphrase, πορεύεται ὁδοὺς οὐκ ἀγαθάς. "he enters or walks not in good ways." With a froward mouth(Hebrew, ik'shuth peh); literally, with perversity of mouth; Vulgate, ore perverse.Symmachus has στρεβλύμασι στόματος, "with perversity of mouth." The mouth, or speech, is the vehicle by which this person gives outward expression to the evil thoughts which are inwardly filling his heart. The phrase occurs before in Proverbs The meaning of the passage is well illustrated in Psalm , "His mouth is full of misery, deceit, and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity."

Parallel Commentaries


A worthless
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Without profit, worthlessness, destruction, wickedness

Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Ruddy, a human being

a wicked
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Strictly nothingness, trouble, vanity, wickedness, an idol

Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's A man as an individual, a male person

Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's To go, come, walk

with a perverse
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Crookedness

Noun - masculine singular
Strong's The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

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Proverbs , NIV: "A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,"

Proverbs , ESV: "A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech,"

Proverbs , KJV: "A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth."

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