Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

Transgression is not lacking in the multitude of words, but he who refrains his lips does wisely.

New American Standard Bible

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.

King James Version

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

Holman Bible

When there are many words, sin is unavoidable,
but the one who controls his lips is wise.

International Standard Version

Transgression is at work where people talk too much, but anyone who holds his tongue is prudent.

American Standard Version

In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression; But he that refraineth his lips doeth wisely.

Amplified


When there are many words, transgression and offense are unavoidable,
But he who controls his lips and keeps thoughtful silence is wise.

Bible in Basic English

Where there is much talk there will be no end to sin, but he who keeps his mouth shut does wisely.

Darby Translation

In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression; but he that restraineth his lips doeth wisely.

Julia Smith Translation

In the multitude of words transgression shall not cease: and he withholding his lips is prudent

King James 2000

In the multitude of words there lacks not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.

Lexham Expanded Bible

In many words, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.

Modern King James verseion

In the multitude of words, sin is not lacking; but he who holds back his lips is wise.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Where much babbling is, there must needs be offense; he that refraineth his lips is wisest of all.

NET Bible

When words abound, transgression is inevitable, but the one who restrains his words is wise.

New Heart English Bible

In the multitude of words there is no lack of disobedience, but he who restrains his lips does wisely.

The Emphasized Bible

In the multitude of words, there wanteth not transgression, but, he that restraineth his lips, sheweth prudence.

Webster

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that restraineth his lips is wise.

World English Bible

In the multitude of words there is no lack of disobedience, but he who restrains his lips does wisely.

Youngs Literal Translation

In the abundance of words transgression ceaseth not, And whoso is restraining his lips is wise.

Interlinear

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

not sin
פּשׁע 
Pesha` 
Usage: 93

שׂפת שׂפה 
Saphah 
Usage: 176

References

Context Readings

Proverbs Concerning The Mouth

18 He who hides hatred is of lying lips. And he who utters a slander is a fool. 19 Transgression is not lacking in the multitude of words, but he who refrains his lips does wisely. 20 The tongue of a righteous man is choice silver. The heart of the wicked is little worth.



Cross References

James 3:2

For we all stumble in many things. If any man does not stumble in word, this is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

James 1:19

Therefore, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.

Psalm 39:1

I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue. I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked man is before me.

Ecclesiastes 5:3

For a dream comes with a multitude of business, and a fool's voice with a multitude of words.

Proverbs 17:27-28

He who spares his words has knowledge, and he who is of a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Ecclesiastes 10:13-14

The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

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