Proverbs 10:19
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New International Version
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

New Living Translation
Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.

English Standard Version
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

New American Standard Bible
When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

King James Bible
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is wise.

International Standard Version
Transgression is at work where people talk too much, but anyone who holds his tongue is prudent.

NET Bible
When words abound, transgression is inevitable, but the one who restrains his words is wise.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In the multitude of words the evil one is not saved and he who restrains his lips is intelligent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sin is unavoidable when there is much talk, but whoever seals his lips is wise.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the multitude of words there is no lack of rebellion, but he that refrains his lips is wise.

King James 2000 Bible
In the multitude of words there lacks not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.

American King James Version
In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.

American Standard Version
In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression; But he that refraineth his lips doeth wisely.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the multitude of words there shall not want sin: but he that refraineth his lips is most wise.

Darby Bible Translation
In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression; but he that restraineth his lips doeth wisely.

English Revised Version
In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression: but he that refraineth his lips doeth wisely.

Webster's Bible Translation
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that restraineth his lips is wise.

World English Bible
In the multitude of words there is no lack of disobedience, but he who restrains his lips does wisely.

Young's Literal Translation
In the abundance of words transgression ceaseth not, And whoso is restraining his lips is wise.
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 19. - There wanteth not sin; LXX., "Thou wilt not avoid sin." Loquacity leads to exaggeration and untruthfulness, slander and uncharitableness (comp. Ecclesiastes 5:1-3; and Christ's and James's solemn warnings, Matthew 12:36; James 1:26; James 3:2, etc.). "Speak little," says Pinart ('Meditations,' ch. 6.), "because for one sin which we may commit by keeping silence where it would be well to speak, we commit a hundred by speaking upon all occasions" (see on Proverbs 17:27), Another rendering of the passage gives "By multitude of words sin does not vanish away;" i.e. you cannot mend a fault by much talking. But this weakens the contrast, and the Authorized Version is correct. Is wise. St. James calls the reticent "a perfect man" (comp. Proverbs 13:3). "This sentence of Scripture," says St. Augustine, in his 'Retractations,' "I greatly fear, because my numerous treatises, I know well, contain many things, if not false, at any rate idle and unnecessary."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin,.... Where a great deal is said, without care and forethought, there will not only be many weak things uttered, but much falsehood, and at least many idle things, which cannot be excused from sin; not but that much and long speaking may be to great profit and advantage, when it is with care and judgment, and founded on close meditation and study. Or, "sin ceaseth not" (n); along with a torrent of words is a flow of sin, which ceases not as long as that continues: it is a saying of the Jewish Rabbins,

"he that multiplies words brings on or brings unto sin;''

but he that refraineth his lips is wise; lays a restraint on his mouth, bridles his tongue; does not suffer his lips to utter anything rashly and inconsiderately; is sparing of his words and is careful of what he says, that it is true and proper to be spoken; and considers well the time when, place where, and persons to whom he speaks; and, all circumstances weighed, conducts accordingly: such a man is a wise, prudent, and understanding man; see Proverbs 17:27.

(n) "non cessabit", Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Michaelis; "non cessat", Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. Much speech involves risk of sin; hence the wisdom of restraining the tongue (Ps 39:1; Jas 1:26).

Proverbs 10:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
18He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool. 19When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise. 20The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little.…
Cross References
James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

James 3:2
We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

Job 11:2
"Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?

Proverbs 17:27
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Ecclesiastes 5:2
Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:3
A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool.
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In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.

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Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a dream comes through the multitude of business; and a fool's …

Ecclesiastes 10:13,14 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end …

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

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Proverbs 17:27,28 He that has knowledge spares his words: and a man of understanding …

Psalm 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: …

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

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