Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it crushes the spirit.

King James Version

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Holman Bible

The tongue that heals is a tree of life,
but a devious tongue breaks the spirit.

International Standard Version

A gentle statement is a tree of life, but perverted speech shatters the spirit.

A Conservative Version

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

American Standard Version

A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

Amplified


A soothing tongue [speaking words that build up and encourage] is a tree of life,
But a perversive tongue [speaking words that overwhelm and depress] crushes the spirit.

Bible in Basic English

A comforting tongue is a tree of life, but a twisted tongue is a crushing of the spirit.

Darby Translation

Gentleness of tongue is a tree of life; but crookedness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

Julia Smith Translation

The healing of the tongue the tree of life: and perverseness in it a breaking in the spirit

King James 2000

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Gentleness of tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it [causes] a break in spirit.

Modern King James verseion

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but crookedness in it is a break in the spirit.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life; but he that abuseth it, hath a broken mind.

NET Bible

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

New Heart English Bible

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but deceit in it crushes the spirit.

The Emphasized Bible

Gentleness of the tongue, is a tree of life, but, crookedness therein, a grievous wound in the spirit.

Webster

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness in it is a breach in the spirit.

World English Bible

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but deceit in it crushes the spirit.

Youngs Literal Translation

A healed tongue is a tree of life, And perverseness in it -- a breach in the spirit.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
מרפּא 
Marpe' 
Usage: 16

לשׁנה לשׁן לשׁון 
Lashown 
Usage: 116

is a tree
עץ 
`ets 
Usage: 329

of life
חי 
Chay 
Usage: 502

סלף 
Celeph 
Usage: 2

שׁבר שׁבר 
Sheber 
Usage: 44

Context Readings

Proverbs Of Solomon

3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good.
4 A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it crushes the spirit.
5 A fool rejects his father’s discipline,
But he who regards reproof is sensible.



Cross References

Proverbs 3:18

She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who hold her fast.

Proverbs 12:18

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Genesis 3:22-24

Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—

Psalm 52:2-4

Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.

Psalm 109:22

For I am afflicted and needy,
And my heart is wounded within me.

Proverbs 16:24

Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Proverbs 18:8

The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

Proverbs 18:14

The spirit of a man can endure his sickness,
But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?

Proverbs 26:22

The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

Malachi 4:2

“But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.

1 Timothy 6:3

If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness,

Revelation 2:7

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’

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