Parallel Verses

NET Bible

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

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.

A Conservative Version

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

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.

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 What the righteous say is like the best silver, but what the wicked think is of little value. 21 The teaching of the righteous feeds many, but fools die for lack of wisdom. 22 The blessing from the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow to it.



Cross References

Hosea 4:6

You have destroyed my people by failing to acknowledge me! Because you refuse to acknowledge me, I will reject you as my priests. Because you reject the law of your God, I will reject your descendants.

Proverbs 5:23

He will die because there was no discipline; because of the greatness of his folly he will reel.

Job 4:3-4

Look, you have instructed many; you have strengthened feeble hands.

Job 23:12

I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my allotted portion.

Job 29:21-22

"People listened to me and waited silently; they kept silent for my advice.

Psalm 37:30

The godly speak wise words and promote justice.

Proverbs 1:29

Because they hated moral knowledge, and did not choose to fear the Lord,

Proverbs 1:31

Therefore they will eat from the fruit of their way, and they will be stuffed full of their own counsel.

Proverbs 5:12

And you will say, "How I hated discipline! My heart spurned reproof!

Proverbs 12:18

Speaking recklessly is like the thrusts of a sword, but the words of the wise bring healing.

Proverbs 15:4

Speech that heals is like a life-giving tree, but a perverse tongue breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 17:16

Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no intention of acquiring wisdom?

Ecclesiastes 12:9-10

Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also taught knowledge to the people; he carefully evaluated and arranged many proverbs.

Jeremiah 3:15

I will give you leaders who will be faithful to me. They will lead you with knowledge and insight.

Jeremiah 15:16

As your words came to me I drank them in, and they filled my heart with joy and happiness because I belong to you.

Matthew 13:19

When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path.

John 3:19-20

Now this is the basis for judging: that the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil.

John 21:15-17

Then when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these do?" He replied, "Yes, Lord, you know I love you." Jesus told him, "Feed my lambs."

Romans 1:28

And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done.

1 Peter 5:2

Give a shepherd's care to God's flock among you, exercising oversight not merely as a duty but willingly under God's direction, not for shameful profit but eagerly.

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