Proverbs 16:28

NET ©

A perverse person spreads dissension, and a gossip separates the closest friends.

NIV ©

A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.

NASB ©

A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.

NLT ©

A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.

MSG ©

Troublemakers start fights; gossips break up friendships.

BBE ©

A man of twisted purposes is a cause of fighting everywhere: and he who says evil secretly makes trouble between friends.

NRSV ©

A perverse person spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

NKJV ©

A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends.

KJV
A froward
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man
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soweth
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strife
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and a whisperer
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separateth
<06504> (8688)
chief friends
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{soweth: Heb. sendeth forth}
HEBREW
Pwla
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dyrpm
<06504>
Ngrnw
<05372>
Nwdm
<04066>
xlsy
<07971>
twkpht
<08419>
sya (16:28)
<0376>
LXXM
anhr
<435>  
N-NSM
skoliov
<4646>  
A-NSM
diapempetai
 
V-PMI-3S
kaka
<2556>  
A-APN
kai
<2532>  
CONJ
lampthra
 
N-ASM
dolou
<1388>  
N-GSM
purseuei
 
V-PAI-3S
kakoiv
<2556>  
A-DPM
kai
<2532>  
CONJ
diacwrizei
 
V-PAI-3S
filouv
<5384>  
A-APM
NET © [draft] ITL
A perverse
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person spreads
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dissension
<04066>
, and a gossip
<05372>
separates
<06504>
the closest
<0441>
friends
<06504>
.
NET © Notes

tn Heb “a man of perverse things”; NAB “an intriguer.” This refers to someone who destroys lives. The parallelism suggests that he is a “slanderer” or “gossip” – one who whispers and murmurs (18:8; 26:20, 22).

tn The term אַלּוּף (’aluf) refers to a “friend” or “an intimate associate.” The word has other possible translations, including “tame” or “docile” when used of animals. Rashi, a Jewish scholar who lived a.d. 1040-1105, took it in the later sense of “prince,” saying that such speech alienates the Prince, namely God. But that is a forced interpretation of the line.