A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
A lying tongue hates those it crushes, And a flattering mouth works ruin.
A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattery causes ruin.
Liars hate their victims; flatterers sabotage trust.
A false tongue has hate for those who have clean hearts, and a smooth mouth is a cause of falling.
A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, And a flattering mouth works ruin.
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|NET © Notes||
1 tn Heb “the tongue of deception.” The subject matter of this proverb is deceptive speech. The “tongue of deception” (using a metonymy of cause with an attributive genitive) means that what is said is false. Likewise the “smooth mouth” means that what is said is smooth, flattering.
2 sn The verse makes it clear that only pain and ruin can come from deception. The statement that the lying tongue “hates those crushed by it” suggests that the sentiments of hatred help the deceiver justify what he says about people. The ruin that he brings is probably on other people, but it could also be taken to include his own ruin.