Parallel Verses

World English Bible

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

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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

The words from the mouth of the wise man are grace, but the lips of the fool will 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.

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 snake bites before it is charmed, then is there no profit for the charmer's tongue. 12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but a fool is swallowed by his own lips. 13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness; and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.



Cross References

Luke 4:22

All testified about him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth, and they said, "Isn't this Joseph's son?"

Proverbs 15:2

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of fools gush out folly.

2 Samuel 1:16

David said to him, "Your blood be on your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, 'I have slain Yahweh's anointed.'"

1 Kings 20:40-42

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

Job 4:3-4

Behold, you have instructed many, you have strengthened the weak hands.

Job 16:5

but I would strengthen you with my mouth. The solace of my lips would relieve you.

Psalm 37:30

The mouth of the righteous talks of wisdom. His tongue speaks justice.

Psalm 40:9-10

I have proclaimed glad news of righteousness in the great assembly. Behold, I will not seal my lips, Yahweh, you know.

Psalm 64:8

Their own tongues shall ruin them. All who see them will shake their heads.

Psalm 71:15-18

My mouth will tell about your righteousness, and of your salvation all day, though I don't know its full measure.

Psalm 140:9

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

Proverbs 10:8

The wise in heart accept commandments, but a chattering fool will fall.

Proverbs 10:10

One winking with the eye causes sorrow, but a chattering fool will fall.

Proverbs 10:13-14

Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has discernment, but a rod is for the back of him who is void of understanding.

Proverbs 10:20-21

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

Proverbs 10:31-32

The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

Proverbs 12:13-14

An evil man is trapped by sinfulness of lips, but the righteous shall come out of trouble.

Proverbs 12:18

There is one who speaks rashly like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise heals.

Proverbs 15:23

Joy comes to a man with the reply of his mouth. How good is a word at the right time!

Proverbs 16:21-24

The wise in heart shall be called prudent. Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction.

Proverbs 18:6-8

A fool's lips come into strife, and his mouth invites beatings.

Proverbs 19:5

A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who pours out lies shall not go free.

Proverbs 22:11

He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully is the king's friend.

Proverbs 22:17-18

Turn your ear, and listen to the words of the wise. Apply your heart to my teaching.

Proverbs 25:11-12

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Proverbs 26:9

Like a thornbush that goes into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Proverbs 31:26

She opens her mouth with wisdom. Faithful instruction is on her tongue.

Matthew 12:35

The good man out of his good treasure brings out good things, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings out evil things.

Luke 19:22

"He said to him, 'Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn't lay down, and reaping that which I didn't sow.

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for building up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Colossians 4:6

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers.

International Standard Version Copyright © 1996-2008 by the ISV Foundation.

New American Standard Bible Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved. For Permission to Quote Information visit http://www.lockman.org

NET Bible copyright © 1996-2006 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. NetBible

Basic English, produced by Mr C. K. Ogden of the Orthological Institute - public domain