Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil.
A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil.
I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.
The crooked in heart keep their distance; I refuse to shake hands with those who plan evil.
The false heart I will send away from me: I will not have an evil-doer for a friend.
Perverseness of heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.
A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness.
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1 tn Heb “a perverse heart will turn aside from me.” The adjective עִקֵּשׁ (’iqqesh) has the basic nuance “twisted; crooked” and by extension refers to someone or something that is morally perverse (see Ps 18:26). It appears frequently in the Book of Proverbs, where it is used of evil people (22:5), speech (8:8; 19:1), thoughts (11:20; 17:20), and life styles (2:15; 28:6).
2 tn Heb “know.” The king will not willingly allow perverse individuals to remain in his royal court.