Proverbs 8:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 8:7, NIV: "My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness."

Proverbs 8:7, ESV: "for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips."

Proverbs 8:7, KJV: "For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips."

Proverbs 8:7, NASB: "'For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips."

Proverbs 8:7, NLT: "for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception."

Proverbs 8:7, CSB: "For my mouth tells the truth, and wickedness is detestable to my lips."

What does Proverbs 8:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse reinforces the fact that godly wisdom speaks only the truth. Personified as a woman, she also affirms that evil is something contrary to her message. Prior verses described wise words as "noble" (Proverbs 8:6), and upcoming statements will contrast truthful wisdom with speech that is "twisted" (Proverbs 8:8).

Jesus spoke only the truth. First Peter 2:22 affirms: "He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth." The Bible exhorts believers to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), and to speak the truth with our neighbors (Ephesians 4:25). In the same chapter, the apostle Paul commands: "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear" (Ephesians 4:29). Colossians 3:8–9 exhorts: "But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another." In his teaching on wisdom James points out: "From the same mouth come blessing and cursing." He argues: "My brothers, these things ought not to be so" (James 3:10).