New International Version
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
King James Bible
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Darby Bible Translation
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
World English Bible
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.
Young's Literal Translation
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those loving it eat its fruit.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Death and life are in the power of the tongue - This may apply to all men. Many have lost their lives by their tongue, and some have saved their lives by it: but it applies most forcibly to public pleaders; on many of their tongues hangs life or death.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11. The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit'--PROVERBS xviii. 10,11. The mere reading of these two verses shows that, contrary to the usual rule in the Book of Proverbs, they have a bearing on each other. They are intended to suggest a very strong contrast, and that contrast is even more emphatic in the original than in our translation; because, as the margin of your Bibles …
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The Cause and Cure of a Wounded Spirit
"And if Christ be in You, the Body is Dead Because of Sin: but the Spirit is Life Because of Righteousness. "
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.
Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.
From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.
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