Parallel Verses

Amplified

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

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.

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, then there is no profit for the charmer. 12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious and win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him; 13 the beginning of his talking is foolishness and the end of his talk is wicked madness.



Cross References

Luke 4:22

And [as He continued on] they all were speaking well of Him, and were in awe and were wondering about the words of grace which were coming from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

Proverbs 15:2


The tongue of the wise speaks knowledge that is pleasing and acceptable,
But the [babbling] mouth of fools spouts folly.

2 Samuel 1:16

David said to the [fallen] man, “Your blood is on your own head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the Lord’s anointed.’”

1 Kings 20:40-42

But while your servant was busy here and there, he [escaped and] was gone.” And the king of Israel said to him, “Such is your own judgment (verdict); you have determined it.”

Job 4:3-4


“Behold, you have admonished and instructed many,
And you have strengthened weak hands.

Job 16:5


“[But instead] I could strengthen and encourage you with [the words of] my mouth,
And the consolation and solace of my lips would soothe your suffering and lessen your anguish.

Psalm 37:30


The mouth of the righteous proclaims wisdom,
And his tongue speaks justice and truth.

Psalm 40:9-10


I have proclaimed good news of righteousness [and the joy that comes from obedience to You] in the great assembly;
Behold, I will not restrain my lips [from proclaiming Your righteousness],
As You know, O Lord.

Psalm 64:8


So they will be caused to stumble;
Their own tongue is against them;
All who gaze at them will shake the head [in scorn].

Psalm 71:15-18


My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And of Your [deeds of] salvation all day long,
For their number is more than I know.

Psalm 140:9


“Those who surround me raise their heads;
May the mischief of their own lips come upon them.

Proverbs 10:8


The wise in heart [are willing to learn so they] will accept and obey commands (instruction),
But the babbling fool [who is arrogant and thinks himself wise] will come to ruin.

Proverbs 10:10


He who [maliciously] winks the eye [of evil intent] causes trouble;
And the babbling fool [who is arrogant and thinks himself wise] will come to ruin.

Proverbs 10:13-14


On the lips of the discerning, [skillful and godly] wisdom is found,
But discipline and the rod are for the back of the one who is without common sense and understanding.

Proverbs 10:20-21


The tongue of the righteous is like precious silver (greatly valued);
The heart of the wicked is worth little.

Proverbs 10:31-32


The mouth of the righteous flows with [skillful and godly] wisdom,
But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

Proverbs 12:13-14


An evil man is [dangerously] 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 giving an appropriate answer,
And how good and delightful is a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!

Proverbs 16:21-24


The wise in heart will be called understanding,
And sweet speech increases persuasiveness and learning [in both speaker and listener].

Proverbs 18:6-8


A fool’s lips bring contention and strife,
And his mouth invites a beating.

Proverbs 19:5


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

Proverbs 22:11


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

Proverbs 22:17-18


Listen carefully 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 at the right time.

Proverbs 26:9


Like a thorn that goes [without being felt] into the hand of a drunken man,
So is a proverb in the mouth of a fool [who remains unaffected by its wisdom].

Proverbs 31:26


She opens her mouth in [skillful and godly] wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue [giving counsel and instruction].

Matthew 12:35

The good man, from his [inner] good treasure, brings out good things; and the evil man, from his [inner] evil treasure, brings out evil things.

Luke 19:22

He said to the servant, ‘I will judge and condemn you by your own words, you worthless servant! Did you [really] know that I was a stern man, picking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?

Ephesians 4:29

Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].

Colossians 4:6

Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer each one [who questions you].

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