Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

His speech was smoother than butter,
But his heart was war;
His words were softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn swords.

King James Version

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

Holman Bible

His buttery words are smooth,
but war is in his heart.
His words are softer than oil,
but they are drawn swords.

International Standard Version

His mouth is as smooth as butter, while war is in his heart. His words were as smooth as olive oil, while his sword is drawn.

A Conservative Version

His mouth was smooth as butter, but his heart was war. His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

American Standard Version

His mouth was smooth as butter, But his heart was war: His words were softer than oil, Yet were they drawn swords.

Amplified

The words of his mouth were smoother than cream or butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

Bible in Basic English

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, but they were sharp swords.

Darby Translation

Smooth were the milky words of his mouth, but his heart was war; his words were softer than oil, yet are they drawn swords.

Julia Smith Translation

They were divided from the wrath of his mouth, and his heart drew near: his words were soft above oil, and they drawn swords.

King James 2000

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

Lexham Expanded Bible

The {buttery words} of his mouth were smooth, but [there was] battle in his heart. His words were smoother than oil, but they [were] drawn swords.

Modern King James verseion

The butterings of his mouth were forked, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Their mouths are softer than butter, and yet have they battle in their mind: their words are smoother than oil, and yet be they very swords.

NET Bible

His words are as smooth as butter, but he harbors animosity in his heart. His words seem softer than oil, but they are really like sharp swords.

New Heart English Bible

His mouth was smooth as butter, but his heart was war. His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

The Emphasized Bible

Smoother than curds, were the words of his mouth, But, war, was in his heart, - Softer his words than oil, Yet, they, were drawn swords!

Webster

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

World English Bible

His mouth was smooth as butter, but his heart was war. His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

Youngs Literal Translation

Sweeter than honey hath been his mouth, And his heart is war! Softer have been his words than oil, And they are drawn swords.

References

Fausets

Hastings

Morish

Context Readings

Betrayal By A Friend

20 He has put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him; he has defiled his covenant. 21 His speech was smoother than butter,
But his heart was war;
His words were softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn swords.
22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.


Cross References

Psalm 28:3

Do not catch me away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace to their neighbours, but evil is in their hearts.

Psalm 57:4

My soul is among lions, and I lie even among those that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows and their tongue a sharp sword.

Proverbs 5:3-4

For the lips of the strange woman drop as a honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil,

Psalm 12:2

Each one speaks vanity with his neighbour: they speak with flattering lips and with a double heart.

Psalm 59:7

Behold, they belch out with their mouth; swords are in their lips; for who, say they, doth hear?

Psalm 62:4

They only consult to cast him down from his greatness; they delight in lies; they bless with their mouth, but they curse in their inward parts. Selah.

Psalm 64:3

Who whet their tongue like a sword and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words

Proverbs 12:18

There are those that speak like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is medicine.

Proverbs 26:24-26

He that hates dissembles with his lips and lays up deceit within him;

Proverbs 26:28

A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Matthew 26:25

Then Judas, who was betraying him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

Luke 20:20-21

And they watched him and sent forth spies who feigned themselves just men that they might take hold of him as he was speaking, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.

John 13:2

And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him,

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