Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;

King James Version

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

Holman Bible

The words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious,
but the lips of a fool consume him.

International Standard Version

The words spoken by the wise are gracious, but the lips of a fool will devour him.

A Conservative Version

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool will swallow himself up.

American Standard Version

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

Amplified

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious and win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

Bible in Basic English

The words of a wise man's mouth are sweet to all, but the lips of a foolish man are his destruction.

Darby Translation

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool swallow up himself.

Julia Smith Translation

The words of the wise one's mouth, grace; and the lips of the foolish one shall swallow him down.

King James 2000

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow him up.

Lexham Expanded Bible

The wise man [wins] favor by the words of his mouth, but the fool is devoured by his own lips.

Modern King James verseion

The words of a wise mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow him.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

The words out of a wise man's mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool will destroy himself.

NET Bible

The words of a wise person win him favor, but the words of a fool are self-destructive.

New Heart English Bible

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but a fool is swallowed by his own lips.

The Emphasized Bible

The words of a wise man's mouth, are pleasant, - but, the lips of a dullard, will swallow him up:

Webster

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

World English Bible

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but a fool is swallowed by his own lips.

Youngs Literal Translation

Words of the mouth of the wise are gracious, And the lips of a fool swallow him up.

Topics

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
דּבר 
Dabar 
Usage: 1438

of a wise man's
חכם 
Chakam 
Usage: 137

but the lips
שׂפת שׂפה 
Saphah 
Usage: 176

of a fool
כּסיל 
K@ciyl 
Usage: 70

will swallow up
בּלע 
Bala` 
Usage: 49

References

Context Readings

The Burden Of Folly

11 If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer. 12 Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him; 13 the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.



Cross References

Luke 4:22

And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, "Is this not Joseph's son?"

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

2 Samuel 1:16

David said to him, "Your blood is on your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, 'I have killed the LORD'S anointed.'"

1 Kings 20:40-42

"While your servant was busy here and there, he was gone." And the king of Israel said to him, "So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it."

Job 4:3-4

"Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands.

Job 16:5

"I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

Psalm 37:30

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.

Psalm 40:9-10

I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; Behold, I will not restrain my lips, O LORD, You know.

Psalm 64:8

So they will make him stumble; Their own tongue is against them; All who see them will shake the head.

Psalm 71:15-18

My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And of Your salvation all day long; For I do not know the sum of them.

Psalm 140:9

"As for the head of those who surround me, May the mischief of their lips cover them.

Proverbs 10:8

The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be ruined.

Proverbs 10:10

He who winks the eye causes trouble, And a babbling fool will be ruined.

Proverbs 10:13-14

On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.

Proverbs 10:20-21

The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little.

Proverbs 10:31-32

The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

Proverbs 12:13-14

An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble.

Proverbs 12:18

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 15:23

A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!

Proverbs 16:21-24

The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

Proverbs 18:6-8

A fool's lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows.

Proverbs 19:5

A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.

Proverbs 22:11

He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.

Proverbs 22:17-18

Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your mind to my knowledge;

Proverbs 25:11-12

Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.

Proverbs 26:9

Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard, So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Proverbs 31:26

She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Matthew 12:35

"The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.

Luke 19:22

"He said to him, 'By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?

Ephesians 4:29

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

Colossians 4:6

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

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