Proverbs 10:11
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New International Version
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

New Living Translation
The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

English Standard Version
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

New American Standard Bible
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

King James Bible
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

International Standard Version
What the righteous say is a flowing fountain, but what the wicked say conceals violence.

NET Bible
The teaching of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the speech of the wicked conceals violence.

New Heart English Bible
The mouth of the righteous is a spring of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, and the mouths of the evil will hide evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The mouth of a righteous person is a fountain of life, but the mouths of wicked people conceal violence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life; But the mouth of the wicked concealeth violence.

New American Standard 1977
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
            But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the wicked covers violence.

King James 2000 Bible
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

American King James Version
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

American Standard Version
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life; But violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The mouth of the just is a vein of life: and the mouth of the wicked covereth iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
The mouth of a righteous [man] is a fountain of life; but the mouth of the wicked covereth violence.

English Revised Version
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Webster's Bible Translation
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

World English Bible
The mouth of the righteous is a spring of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Young's Literal Translation
A fountain of life is the mouth of the righteous, And the mouth of the wicked cover doth violence.
Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
10He who winks the eye causes trouble, And a babbling fool will be ruined. 11The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 12Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:30
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.

Proverbs 10:6
Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Proverbs 10:21
The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.

Proverbs 13:14
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death.

Proverbs 18:4
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
Treasury of Scripture

The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

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Proverbs 10:20,21,32 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked …

Proverbs 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish …

Proverbs 16:22-24 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him that has it: but the …

Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring …

Proverbs 20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge …

Psalm 37:30,31 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment…

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

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Psalm 107:42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

Ecclesiastes 10:12-14 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool …

Matthew 12:34-37 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? …

James 3:5-8 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. …

(11) Violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.--If these words are to be taken as in Proverbs 10:6, then the first line must mean that the righteous man speaks to his own profit. But perhaps it will be better here to interpret the second line in the sense of "the mouth of the godless hideth violence," i.e., it conceals under deceitful words the mischief intended for others. With God is the "well of life" (Psalm 36:9; Revelation 22:17); and in like manner the "mouth of the righteous" brings comfort and refreshment to the weary and heavy laden.

Verse 11. - A well of life (Proverbs 13:14: 18:4). The good man utters words of wisdom, comfort, and edification. God himself is said to have "the well of life" (Psalm 36:9), and to be "the Fountain of living waters" (Jeremiah 2:13): and the holy man, drawing from this supply, sheds life and health around. The second clause should be takes as in Ver. 6, but the mouth of the wicked concealeth violence, the contrast being between the open usefulness of the good man's words and the harmful reticence of the malicious sinner. The Septuagint has, "A fountain of life is in the hand of the righteous; but destruction shall cover the mouth of the wicked." This is explained to mean that a good man's words and actions tend to spiritual health; a bad man's words bring down sorrow and punishment. The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life,.... Like a fountain of living water, continually running and flowing with water, wholesome, reviving, and refreshing; so the righteous man's mouth, out of the abundance of his heart, overflows with good things, which minister grace to the hearers, and are for the use of edifying; things that are pleasant and profitable, grateful and acceptable, comforting, refreshing, and pleasing, and which tend to the good of the life that now is, and that which is to come;

but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked; so that nothing comes out of it but what is pernicious and hurtful; what savours of rapine and violence; nothing but lying and deceit, cursing and swearing, and such like filthy and corrupt communication; See Gill on Proverbs 10:6. The Targum is, "the mouth of the ungodly covers injury"; which is meditated in the heart; so the Vulgate Latin version. 11. a well—or, "source" of good to himself and others (Joh 7:37, 38). On last clause, see on [644]Pr 10:6.10:7. Both the just and the wicked must die; but between their souls there is a vast difference. 8. The wise in heart puts his knowledge in practice. 9. Dissemblers, after all their shuffling, will be exposed. 10. Trick and artifice will be no excuse for iniquity. 11. The good man's mouth is always open to teach, comfort, and correct others. 12. Where there is hatred, every thing stirs up strife. By bearing with each other, peace and harmony are preserved. 13. Those that foolishly go on in wicked ways, prepare rods for themselves. 14. Whatever knowledge may be useful, we must lay it up, that it may not be to seek when we want it. The wise gain this wisdom by reading, by hearing the word, by meditation, by prayer, by faith in Christ, who is made of God unto us wisdom. 15. This refers to the common mistakes both of rich and poor, as to their outward condition. Rich people's wealth exposes them to many dangers; while a poor man may live comfortably, if he is content, keeps a good conscience, and lives by faith. 16. Perhaps a righteous man has no more than what he works hard for, but that labour tends to life. 17. The traveller that has missed his way, and cannot bear to be told of it, and to be shown the right way, must err still. 18. He is especially a fool who thinks to hide anything from God; and malice is no better. 19. Those that speak much, speak much amiss. He that checks himself is a wise man, and therein consults his own peace. 20,21. The tongue of the just is sincere, freed from the dross of guile and evil design. Pious discourse is spiritual food to the needy. Fools die for want of a heart, so the word is; for want of thought.
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