Ecclesiastes 10:12
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New International Version
Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.

New Living Translation
Wise words bring approval, but fools are destroyed by their own words.

English Standard Version
The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

New American Standard Bible
Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;

King James Bible
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him.

International Standard Version
The words spoken by the wise are gracious, but the lips of a fool will devour him.

NET Bible
The words of a wise person win him favor, but the words of a fool are self-destructive.

New Heart English Bible
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but a fool is swallowed by his own lips.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wise person's words win favors, but a fool's lips are self-destructive.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; But the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

New American Standard 1977
Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;

Jubilee Bible 2000
The words from the mouth of the wise man are grace, but the lips of the fool will swallow up himself.

King James 2000 Bible
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow him up.

American King James Version
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

American Standard Version
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of the mouth of a wise man are grace: but the lips of a fool shall throw him down headlong.

Darby Bible Translation
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool swallow up himself.

English Revised Version
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

World English Bible
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but a fool is swallowed by his own lips.

Young's Literal Translation
Words of the mouth of the wise are gracious, And the lips of a fool swallow him up.
Study Bible
Wisdom and Folly
11If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer. 12Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him; 13the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.…
Cross References
Luke 4:22
All spoke well of Him and marveled at the gracious words that came from His lips. "Isn't this the son of Joseph?" they asked.

Ephesians 4:29
Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen.

Proverbs 10:14
Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.

Proverbs 10:32
The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.

Proverbs 18:7
A fool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

Proverbs 22:11
He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.

Ecclesiastes 4:5
The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh.

Ecclesiastes 9:17
The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

Ecclesiastes 12:11
The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.
Treasury of Scripture

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

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Job 4:3,4 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands…

Job 16:5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips …

Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment.

Psalm 40:9,10 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: see, I have …

Psalm 71:15-18 My mouth shall show forth your righteousness and your salvation all …

Proverbs 10:13,20,21,31,32 In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found: but a …

Proverbs 12:13,14,18 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just …

Proverbs 15:2,23 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools …

Proverbs 16:21-24 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the …

Proverbs 22:17,18 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your …

Proverbs 25:11,12 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver…

Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things…

Luke 4:22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which …

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that …

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you …

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2 Samuel 1:16 And David said to him, Your blood be on your head; for your mouth …

1 Kings 20:40-42 And as your servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the …

Psalm 64:8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall on themselves: all that …

Psalm 140:9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief …

Proverbs 10:8,10,14 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall…

Proverbs 18:6-8 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes…

Proverbs 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies …

Proverbs 26:9 As a thorn goes up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in …

Luke 19:22 And he said to him, Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked …

Verses 12-15. - Section 14. The mention of "the master of the tongue" in ver. 11 leads the author to introduce some maxims concerned with the contrast between the words and acts of the wise, and the worthless prating and useless labors of the fool. Verse 12. - The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; literally, are grace (χάρις, Septuagint); i.e. they net only are pleasing in form and manner, but they conciliate favor, produce approbation and good will, convince and, what is more, persuade. So of our blessed Lord it was said, "All bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words (τοῖς λόγοις τῆς χάριτος) which proceeded out of his mouth" (Luke 4:22; cutup. Psalm 45:2). In distinction from the unready man, who, like the snake-charmer in the preceding verse, suffers-by reason of his untimely silence, the wise man uses his speech opportunely and to good purpose. (A different result is given in Ecclesiastes 9:11.) But the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. This is a stronger ex-prosaic, than "ruin" or "destroy." Speaking without due forethought, he compromises himself] says what he has shamefully to withdraw, and brings punishment on his own head (cutup. Proverbs 10:8, 21; Proverbs 18:7).

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"Untimely speech has ruined many a life." The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious,.... Or "grace" (u). He speaks kind and good things in favour of the characters of men, and not as the babbling detractor: he speaks well of civil magistrates and rulers in the state; of the ministers of the word in the church; and of all his fellow creatures, as far as can with truth be said: and a truly good and gracious man, who is Solomon's wise man, in opposition to a fool and wicked man; his discourse will run upon the grace of God, upon the doctrines of grace, and upon the experience of the truth of grace on his heart: upon the grace of God the Father, in loving and choosing men; in contriving their salvation; in making a covenant of grace with them in Christ; in sending him to die for them, and in accepting his satisfaction and righteousness for them: and on the grace of the Son, in becoming their surety; assuming their nature, dying in their room and stead, interceding for them, taking care of them, and supplying them with grace out of his fulness: and on the grace of the Spirit, in regeneration and sanctification; working in them faith, hope, and love; applying precious promises to them, and sealing them up to the day of redemption: of these things they speak often one to another, and cannot but talk of the things they have felt and seen: and such words and discourses are gracious, graceful, and grateful to truly pious souls, and minister grace unto them; and are also well pleasing and acceptable to God and Christ, as well as gain them favour among men; see Proverbs 22:11;

but the lips of a fool swallow up himself; his words are not only able and displeasing to others, but bring ruin upon himself; by talking too freely of rulers and others, he brings himself into trouble, and plunges himself into difficulties, out of which he cannot easily get; yea, is swallowed up in them, and destroyed. Or, his "lips swallow up him" (w); the wise man, whose words are gracious; and, by his calumny and detraction, his deceit and lies, brings him into disgrace and danger: or, "swallows it up", or "that" (x); the grace of the wise man, or his gracious words; and hinders the edification of others by them, and the good effects of them. Though the first sense seems best.

(u) "gratia", Montanus, Mercerus, Drusius, Cocceius, Rambachius. (w) "deglutiet eum", Montanus; "absorbent eum", Piscator, Rambachius. (x) "Illam", Munster, Cocceius; "quam labia stulti velut absorbendo sufferunt", Tigurine version. 12. gracious—Thereby he takes precaution against sudden injury (Ec 10:11).

swallow up himself—(Pr 10:8, 14, 21, 32; 12:13; 15:2; 22:11).10:11-15 There is a practice in the East, of charming serpents by music. The babbler's tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison; and contradiction only makes it the more violent. We must find the way to keep him gentle. But by rash, unprincipled, or slanderous talk, he brings open or secret vengeance upon himself. Would we duly consider our own ignorance as to future events, it would cut off many idle words which we foolishly multiply. Fools toil a great deal to no purpose. They do not understand the plainest things, such as the entrance into a great city. But it is the excellency of the way to the heavenly city, that it is a high-way, in which the simplest wayfaring men shall not err, Isa 25:8. But sinful folly makes men miss that only way to happiness.
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