Proverbs 10:14
Parallel Verses
New International Version
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

New Living Translation
Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.

English Standard Version
The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.

New American Standard Bible
Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.

King James Bible
Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of the fool hastens destruction.

International Standard Version
Those who are wise store up knowledge, but when the fool speaks, destruction is near.

NET Bible
Those who are wise store up knowledge, but foolish speech leads to imminent destruction.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wise will conceal knowledge and the mouth of the hasty is near ruin.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who are wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a stubborn fool invites ruin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wise men keep knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near unto calamity.

King James 2000 Bible
Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

American King James Version
Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

American Standard Version
Wise men lay up knowledge; But the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the fool is next to confusion.

Darby Bible Translation
The wise lay up knowledge; but the mouth of the fool is near destruction.

English Revised Version
Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

World English Bible
Wise men lay up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near ruin.

Young's Literal Translation
The wise lay up knowledge, and the mouth of a fool is near ruin.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - Lay up knowledge; like a treasure, for use on proper occasions (Proverbs 12:23; Proverbs 14:33; comp. Matthew 7:6; Matthew 13:52). Is near destruction. "Near" may be an adjective, equivalent to "imminent," "ever-threatening." The versions are proximum est and ἐγγίζει. The foolish are always uttering carelessly what may bring trouble on themselves and others.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wise men lay up knowledge,.... Which they get by reading, prayer, meditation, hearing the word of God, and conversation with good men: this they lay up in their hearts, minds, and memories, that they may not forget it, and as a rich treasure they highly value it; that they may bring it forth at proper times, and on proper occasions, for the benefit of others; see Matthew 12:35; or hide (f) it; conceal it; do not boast and brag of it, as foolish men do;

but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction: who rashly and unguardedly utters things which bring swift and sudden destruction on himself and others; or terror and consternation, as the word (g) also signifies. The Vulgate Latin version is, "but the mouth of the foolish is near to confusion"; he boasts of his knowledge, betrays his ignorance, and so brings himself to shame and confusion.

(f) "abscondent", Pagninus, Montanus; "abscondunt", V. L. "occultant", Michaelis. (g) "terrorem accersit", Tigurine version; "consternatio propinqua", Cocceius; "terror", Vatablus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. lay up knowledge—that is, as treasures for good use.

mouth … destruction—or, "as to the mouth," &c., destruction is near; they expose themselves to evil by prating.

Proverbs 10:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
13On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding. 14Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand. 15The rich man's wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.…
Cross References
Proverbs 9:9
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

Proverbs 10:8
The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Proverbs 10:10
Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Proverbs 12:23
The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool's heart blurts out folly.

Proverbs 13:3
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

Proverbs 18:7
The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.

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

Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

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Proverbs 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a …

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Proverbs 19:8 He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding …

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

Matthew 13:44,52 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to treasure hid in a field; …

2 Corinthians 4:6,7 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

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

Proverbs 13:3 He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his …

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

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

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