Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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 Yea, they lay hands upon such as be at peace with him, and so they break his covenant. 21 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. 22 O cast thy burden or care upon the LORD; he shall nourish thee, and not leave the righteous in unquietness.


Cross References

Psalm 28:3

O pluck me not away, neither destroy me with the ungodly and wicked doers, which speak friendly to their neighbours, but imagine mischief in their hearts.

Psalm 57:4

I lie with my soul among the cruel lions; even among the children of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

Proverbs 5:3-4

For the lips of a harlot are a dropping honeycomb, and her throat is softer than oil.

Psalm 12:2

They talk of vanity every one with his neighbour; they do but flatter with their lips, and dissemble in their double heart.

Psalm 59:7

Behold, they speak against me with their mouth, and swords are under their lips, for who reproveth them?

Psalm 62:4

Their device is only how to put him out, whom God will exalt; their delight is in lies. They give good words with their mouth, but curse with their heart. Selah.

Psalm 64:3

who have whet their tongue like a sword, and shoot out their arrows, even bitter words,

Proverbs 12:18

A slanderous person pricketh like a sword; but a wise man's tongue is wholesome.

Proverbs 26:24-26

An enemy dissembleth with his lips, and in the mean season he imagineth mischief;

Proverbs 26:28

A dissembling tongue hateth one that rebuketh him; and a flattering mouth worketh mischief.

Matthew 26:25

Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, "Is it I, master?" He said unto him, "Thou hast said."

Luke 20:20-21

And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves perfect, to take him in his words, and to deliver him unto the power, and authority of the deputy.

John 13:2

And when supper was ended, after that, the devil had put in the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him.

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