Parallel Verses

World English Bible

He who guards his mouth guards his soul. One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

New American Standard Bible

The one who guards his mouth preserves his life;
The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

King James Version

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Holman Bible

The one who guards his mouth protects his life;
the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.

International Standard Version

Anyone who guards his words protects his life; anyone who talks too much is ruined.

A Conservative Version

He who guards his mouth keeps his life. He who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

American Standard Version

He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life; But he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Amplified


The one who guards his mouth [thinking before he speaks] protects his life;
The one who opens his lips wide [and chatters without thinking] comes to ruin.

Bible in Basic English

He who keeps a watch on his mouth keeps his life; but he whose lips are open wide will have destruction.

Darby Translation

He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his soul; destruction shall be to him that openeth wide his lips.

Julia Smith Translation

He guarding his mouth, watched his soul: he opening wide his lips, destruction to him.

King James 2000

He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

Lexham Expanded Bible

He who keeps his mouth guards his life; he who opens his lips, ruin [belongs] to him.

Modern King James verseion

He who keeps his mouth keeps his life; he who opens his lips wide, it is ruin to him.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his life; but whoso speaketh unadvised, findeth harm.

NET Bible

The one who guards his words guards his life, but whoever is talkative will come to ruin.

New Heart English Bible

He who guards his mouth guards his soul. One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

The Emphasized Bible

He that watcheth his mouth, guardeth his soul, He that openeth wide his lips, it shall be his ruin.

Webster

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Youngs Literal Translation

Whoso is keeping his mouth, is keeping his soul, Whoso is opening wide his lips -- ruin to him!

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
שׁמר 
Shamar 
Usage: 468

נפשׁ 
Nephesh 
Usage: 753

but he that openeth wide
פּשׂק 
Pasaq 
Usage: 2

שׂפת שׂפה 
Saphah 
Usage: 176

Devotionals

Devotionals about Proverbs 13:3

Images Proverbs 13:3

Prayers for Proverbs 13:3

Context Readings

A Wise Son Lives Righteously

2 By the fruit of his lips, a man enjoys good things; but the unfaithful crave violence. 3 He who guards his mouth guards his soul. One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. 4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing, but the desire of the diligent shall be fully satisfied.



Cross References

Proverbs 21:23

Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 12:13

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

Proverbs 18:7

A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.

Psalm 39:1

I said, "I will watch my ways, so that I don't sin with my tongue. I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked is before me."

Proverbs 10:19

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

Proverbs 20:19

He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets; therefore don't keep company with him who opens wide his lips.

Matthew 12:36-37

I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

James 1:26

If anyone among you thinks himself to be religious while he doesn't bridle his tongue, but deceives his heart, this man's religion is worthless.

James 3:2-12

For in many things we all stumble. If anyone doesn't stumble in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.

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