Faithful are the wounds of one who loves you,a
but deceptive are the kisses of one who hates you.b Bible see other translations
Or, “a friend.”
Or, “an enemy.”

“one who hates you.” In this context, although “one who hates you” is literal, it is referring to an enemy. Thus, the HALOTa has “enemy” for this verse, and almost all the English versions do, as well as commentators such as Michael Fox, Bruce Waltke, Robert Alter, and Richard Clifford. Nevertheless, the literal is “one who hates,” and that is true.

Koehler and Baumgartner, HALOT, Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon.

Commentary for: Proverbs 27:6