Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

Wisdom characterizes the speech of the discerning, but the rod is for the backs of those lacking discernment.

New American Standard Bible

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

King James Version

In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Holman Bible

Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
but a rod is for the back of the one who lacks sense.

A Conservative Version

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

American Standard Version

In the lips of him that hath discernment wisdom is found; But a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Amplified

On the lips of him who has discernment skillful and godly Wisdom is found, but discipline and the rod are for the back of him who is without sense and understanding.

Bible in Basic English

In the lips of him who has knowledge wisdom is seen; but a rod is ready for the back of him who is without sense.

Darby Translation

In the lips of an intelligent man wisdom is found; but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

In the lips of the prudent wisdom is found and is a rod unto the back of him that is void of understanding.

Julia Smith Translation

In the lips of him understanding, wisdom shall be found: and a rod for the back of him wanting heart

King James 2000

In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Lexham Expanded Bible

On the lips of one who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod [is] for the back of one who lacks {sense}.

Modern King James verseion

In the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found; but a rod is for the back of him who is without understanding.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

In the lips of him that hath understanding a man shall find wisdom; but the rod belongeth to the back of the foolish.

NET Bible

Wisdom is found in the words of the discerning person, but the one who lacks wisdom will be disciplined.

New Heart English Bible

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.

The Emphasized Bible

In the lips of the intelligent, is found wisdom, but, a rod, is for the back of him that lacketh sense.

Webster

In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

World English Bible

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.

Youngs Literal Translation

In the lips of the intelligent is wisdom found, And a rod is for the back of him who is lacking understanding.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
In the lips
שׂפת שׂפה 
Saphah 
Usage: 176

חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

is found
מצא 
Matsa' 
Usage: 455

but a rod
שׁבט 
Shebet 
Usage: 190

is for the back
גּו 
Gev 
Usage: 7

of him that is void
חסר 
Chacer 
Usage: 18

References

Context Readings

Proverbs Concerning The Mouth

12 Hatred awakens contention, but love covers all transgressions. 13 Wisdom characterizes the speech of the discerning, but the rod is for the backs of those lacking discernment. 14 Those who are wise store up knowledge, but when the fool speaks, destruction is near.



Cross References

Proverbs 26:3

A whip is for the horses, a bridle is for the donkey, a rod is for the back of fools.

Proverbs 6:32

Whoever commits adultery with a woman is out of his mind; by doing so he corrupts his own soul.

Exodus 10:12

The LORD told Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt to bring the locusts, and they'll come up over the land of Egypt and eat all the vegetation of the land, everything that the hail left."

Psalm 32:9

Don't be like a horse or mule, without understanding. They are held in check by a bit and bridle in their mouths; otherwise they will not remain near you.

Proverbs 7:22

All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap

Proverbs 10:10-11

Those who wink their eyes are trouble makers, and the mocking fool will be brought down.

Proverbs 10:21

What the righteous person says nourishes many, but fools die because they lack discerning hearts.

Proverbs 10:31

The words of the righteous overflow with wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out.

Proverbs 15:7

What the wise have to say disseminates knowledge, but it's not in the heart of fools to do so.

Proverbs 15:23

An appropriate answer brings joy to a person, and a well-timed word is a good thing.

Proverbs 17:10

A rebuke is more effective with a man of understanding than a hundred lashes to a fool.

Proverbs 19:29

Condemnation is appropriate for mockers, just as beatings are for the backs of fools.

Proverbs 20:15

There is an abundance of gold and precious stones, but lips of knowledge are a rare jewel.

Proverbs 27:22

Though you crush a fool in a mortar and pestle as someone might crush grain, his stupidity still won't leave him.

Isaiah 50:4

"The Lord GOD has given me a learned tongue, so that I may know how to sustain the weary with words. And morning after morning he wakens, and he wakens my ear to listen like those who are being taught.

Luke 4:22

All the people began to speak well of him and to wonder at the gracious words that flowed from his mouth. They said, "This is Joseph's son, isn't it?"

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