Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

The lips of a righteous man feeds many, but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

New American Standard Bible

The lips of the righteous feed many,
But fools die for lack of understanding.

King James Version

The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

Holman Bible

The lips of the righteous feed many,
but fools die for lack of sense.

International Standard Version

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

American Standard Version

The lips of the righteous feed many; But the foolish die for lack of understanding.

Amplified


The lips of the righteous feed and guide many,
But fools [who reject God and His wisdom] die for lack of understanding.

Bible in Basic English

The lips of the upright man give food to men, but the foolish come to death for need of sense.

Darby Translation

The lips of a righteous man feed many; but fools die for want of understanding.

Julia Smith Translation

The lips of the just one shall feed many: and fools in wanting heart, shall die.

King James 2000

The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for lack of wisdom.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Lips of righteousness feed many, but fools {die for lack of sense}.

Modern King James verseion

The lips of the righteous feed many; but fools die for lack of wisdom.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

The lips of the righteous feed a whole multitude; but fools shall die in their own folly.

NET Bible

The teaching of the righteous feeds many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.

New Heart English Bible

The lips of the righteous feed many, but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

The Emphasized Bible

The lips of the righteous, feed multitudes, but, the foolish, for lack of sense, shall die.

Webster

The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

World English Bible

The lips of the righteous feed many, but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

Youngs Literal Translation

The lips of the righteous delight many, And fools for lack of heart die.

Interlinear

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

of the righteous
צדּיק 
Tsaddiyq 
Usage: 206

רב 
Rab 
Usage: 458

but fools
אויל 
'eviyl 
Usage: 26

die
מוּת 
Muwth 
Usage: 839

חסר 
Chacer 
Usage: 18

References

Context Readings

Proverbs Concerning The Mouth

20 The tongue of a righteous man is choice silver. The heart of the wicked is little worth. 21 The lips of a righteous man feeds many, but the foolish die for lack of understanding. 22 The blessing of LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.



Cross References

Hosea 4:6

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because thou have rejected knowledge, I also will reject thee, that thou shall be no priest to me. Since thou have forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy sons.

Proverbs 5:23

He shall die for lack of instruction. And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

Job 4:3-4

Behold, thou have instructed many, and thou have strengthened the weak hands.

Job 23:12

I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips, I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Job 29:21-22

To me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence for my counsel.

Psalm 37:30

The mouth of a righteous man talks of wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.

Proverbs 1:29

because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of LORD.

Proverbs 1:31

Therefore they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

Proverbs 5:12

and say, How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof.

Proverbs 12:18

There is he who speaks rashly like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 15:4

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it is a breaking of the spirit.

Proverbs 17:16

Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, since he has no understanding?

Ecclesiastes 12:9-10

And further, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge. Yea, he pondered, and sought out, [and] set in order many proverbs.

Ecclesiastes 12:9

And further, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge. Yea, he pondered, and sought out, [and] set in order many proverbs.

Jeremiah 15:16

Thy words were found, and I ate them. And thy words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart. For I am called by thy name, O LORD, God of hosts.

Matthew 13:19

Of every man who hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understands it, evil comes, and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is that which was sown by the wayside.

John 3:19-20

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their deeds were evil.

John 21:15-17

So when they ate breakfast, Jesus says to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonah, do thou love me more than these things? He says to him, Yea, Lord. Thou know that I love thee. He says to him, Feed my lambs.

Romans 1:28

And just as they did not approve having God in knowledge, God gave them over to an unfit mind, to do things that are not fit;

1 Peter 5:2

Tend ye the flock of God among you, watching over, not by obligation, but willingly, nor greedily, but readily,

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