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Proverbs 16:28

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

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"A perverse man scattereth abroad strife; And a whisperer separateth chief friends."

"Troublemakers are always causing problems; and the person who spreads gossip causes trouble between close friends."[29]


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/proverbs-16.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

A froward man soweth strife,.... Or "a man of perversenesses"F17איש תהפכות "vir perversitatum", Montanus, Baynus, Schultens; "vir perversitatibus deditus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. ; in whose heart is frowardness and perverseness; and whose mouth speaketh froward and perverse things, contrary to reason, law, and Gospel; and who has a spirit of contradiction, and is contrary to all men in his principles and practices; such a man sows discord and strife wherever he comes, in families, in neighbourhoods, in churches, in commonwealths, in civil and religious societies; and he seldom fails of finding a soil fit for his purpose, or ground susceptive of the seed he sows, where it takes root and thrives; see Proverbs 6:19;

and a whisperer separateth chief friends; one that goes from place to place, from house to house, carrying tales, whispering into the ears of persons things prejudicial to the characters of others, mere lies and falsehoods; such a man by his conduct separates one friend from another, even chief friends, that have been for a long time in the closest and most intimate friendship; he alienates their minds one from another, so that they will not come near one another, or keep up any correspondence as before. The word for "chief friends" is in the singular number, and signifies a prince or leader; and such men, according to the station they are in, and the influence they have, separate princes, as the Vulgate Latin version renders it, from their subjects, and stir up the latter to rebel against them; at least alienate their affections from them; and pastors of churches from their flocks, and husbands from their wives: and such a man, at last, when found out, separates his best friends from himself, as well as from one another; who drop him as a worthless person, yea, as dangerous to converse with; so sin, that whisperer and agitator, separates between God and men, Isaiah 59:2.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-16.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

(Compare Proverbs 6:14; Proverbs 10:31).

whisperer — prater, talebearer (Proverbs 18:8; Proverbs 26:20).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/proverbs-16.html. 1871-8.

Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

28 A man of falsehood scattereth strife,

And a backbiter separateth confidential friends.

Regarding תּהפּכות ( מדבר ) אישׁ , vid ., Proverbs 2:12, and מדון ישׁלּח , Proverbs 6:14; the thought of 28b is found at Proverbs 6:19. נרגּן (with ן minusculum , which occurs thrice with the terminal Nun ) is a Niphal formation from רגן , to murmur (cf. נזיד , from זיד ), and denotes the whisperer, viz., the backbiter, ψίθυρος , Sir. 5:14, ψιθυριστής , susurro ; the Arab. nyrj is abbreviated from it, a verbal stem of נרג (cf. Aram. norgo , an axe, Arab. naurag , a threshing-sledge = מורג ) cannot be proved. Aquila is right in translating by τονθρυστής , and Theodotion by γόγγυσος , from רגן , Hiph . נרגּן , γογγύζειν . Regarding אלּוּף , confidential friend, vid ., p. 82; the sing., as Proverbs 18:9, is used in view of the mutual relationship, and מפריד proceeds on the separation of the one, and, at the same time, of the other from it. Luther, in translating by “a slanderer makes princes disagree,” is in error, for אלּוּף , φύλαρχος , is not a generic word for prince.


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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/proverbs-16.html. 1854-1889.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Ver. 28. A froward man soweth strife.] The Belialist before mentioned, [Proverbs 16:27] as he digs, so he sows; but as ill seed as may be, that which comes not up but with a curse, as cud-weed, (a) and devil’s bit. He is a sedulous seedsman of sedition; this bad seed he sows in every furrow where he can find footing.

And a whisperer separateth even very friends.] A pestilent tale bearer that carries tales, and so sows strife. Such were Doeg and other abjects that tare David’s name, "and ceased not," [Psalms 35:15] tossing it with their carrion mouths as dogs, buzzing into Saul’s ears ever and anon that which might set him agog against him. Such also were those malicious make baits the Pharisees, who, when they thought the disciples had offended, spake not to them, but to their Master, "Why do thy disciples that which is not lawful?" As when they thought Christ offended, they spake not to him, but to his disciples. Thus these whisperers went about to "separate very friends," to make a breach in the family of Christ, by setting off the one from the other. "The words of such whisperers are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly." [Proverbs 18:8] They are like the wind that creeps in by the chinks and crevices in a wall, or the cracks in a window, that commonly prove more dangerous than a storm that meets a man in the face upon the champion [the plain].


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-16.html. 1865-1868.

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann

v. 28. A froward man, one who makes use of malice, soweth strife, for his conduct is bound to create enmity; and a whisperer, a backbiter, separateth chief friends, causing close friends to be divided, for such is the effect of slander skillfully disseminated.


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Kretzmann, Paul E. Ph. D., D. D. "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". "Kretzmann's Popular Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kpc/proverbs-16.html. 1921-23.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

A froward man; or, perverse man, who perverteth his words and ways; who pleaseth not God, and is contrary to men, as was said of the Jews, 1 Thessalonians 2:15.

Soweth strife, by whispering such things as may provoke one against another.

A whisperer, who secretly carries tales from one to another, publishing those evil words and actions which they should conceal, and detracting from their good actions, and perverting such as are innocent with their false constructions.

Chief friends, Heb. a chief friend; the singular number put for the plural, as is frequent in the Hebrew text.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-16.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

28. A froward man — A perverter.

A whisperer — Murmurer; a man who is always complaining. It also means a garrulous man, a great talker, tattler, or talebearer. Comp. Proverbs 6:14; Proverbs 6:19; Proverbs 15:18; Proverbs 17:9; Proverbs 18:8; Proverbs 26:20-22; Proverbs 29:22.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/proverbs-16.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Words. Protestants, "a whisperer separateth chief friends."


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/proverbs-16.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

soweth = sendeth forth. Illustrations: Princes of Ammon (2 Samuel 10:3); Ziba (2 Samuel 16:3); Chaldeans (Daniel 3:8-13); Herodias (Mark 6:19).


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/proverbs-16.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

A froward man soweth (Hebrew, sendeth in) strife; and a whisperer separateth chief friends. The Hebrew for "chief friends" [ 'aluwp (Hebrew #441)] means a prince, a husband, a leading one among the most trusted intimate friends. A whisperer, if listened to, separates between people and prince, between husband and wife, between friend and friend.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-16.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(28) A froward man.—Who distorts the truth.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/proverbs-16.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
froward
6:14,19; 15:18; 18:8; 26:20-22; 29:22; 30:33; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; James 3:14-16
soweth
Heb. sendeth forth. a whisperer.
17:9; Genesis 3:1-13; 1 Samuel 24:9; Romans 1:29; 2 Corinthians 12:20

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 16:28". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-16.html.

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