Proverbs 10:21
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New International Version
The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense.

New Living Translation
The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

English Standard Version
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.

New American Standard Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.

King James Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.

International Standard Version
What the righteous person says nourishes many, but fools die because they lack discerning hearts.

NET Bible
The teaching of the righteous feeds many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.

New Heart English Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many, but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The lips of the righteous multiply compassion and the insane will die in the deficiency of their mind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The lips of a righteous person feed many, but stubborn fools die because they have no sense.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The lips of the righteous feed many; But the foolish die for want of understanding.

New American Standard 1977
The lips of the righteous feed many,
            But fools die for lack of understanding.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for lack of wisdom.

American King James Version
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

American Standard Version
The lips of the righteous feed many; But the foolish die for lack of understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lips of the just teach many: but they that are ignorant, shall die in the want of understanding.

Darby Bible Translation
The lips of a righteous [man] feed many; but fools die for want of understanding.

English Revised Version
The lips of the righteous feed many: but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

World English Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many, but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
The lips of the righteous delight many, And fools for lack of heart die.
Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
20The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little. 21The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding. 22It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:35
The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure.

Proverbs 5:23
He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.

Proverbs 6:32
The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

Proverbs 10:11
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
Treasury of Scripture

The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

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Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue …

Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is …

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

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have …

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have …

Job 29:21,22 To me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel…

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

Ecclesiastes 12:9,10 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the …

Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to my heart, which shall feed …

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me …

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, …

fools

Proverbs 1:29,31 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD…

Proverbs 5:12,23 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof…

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected …

Matthew 13:19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, …

John 3:19,20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God …

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Proverbs 17:16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing …

(21) The lips of the righteous feed many--i.e., sustain them by words of counsel, encouragement, and comfort, giving to each one his "meat in due season "(Matthew 24:45).

Fools.--Headstrong, obstinate persons (Proverbs 1:7).

For want of wisdom.--Or it may be translated, "Through one who is destitute of wisdom." As one righteous man will guide many aright, so one unwise man will lead many fools to ruin.

Verse 21. - Feed many. The righteous by wise counsel teach, support, and guide others (Ecclesiastes 12:11; Jeremiah 3:15). So the clergy are the shepherds of their flocks (John 21:15; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2). The LXX. has a different reading, "know high things." Fools die for want of wisdom. Far from "feeding" others, they bring ruin on themselves (Proverbs 5:23). Others translate, "die through one who wanteth understanding;" but if the Hebrew will bear this rendering, it is obvious that fools need no guide to their fall; their fate is a natural result. In this case the meaning must be that the foolish man involves others in destruction. But it is best to translate as the Authorized Version. The lips of the righteous feed many,.... Not their bodies; words are but wind, and will not feed; it is not enough to say to the distressed, "be ye warmed and filled", and give nothing; unless this can be understood of obtaining food for others by their prayers, as Jarchi interprets it: but the souls of many; these the righteous feed, by communicating the spiritual knowledge and understanding of divine things they are partakers of; by setting before them the bread of life, the honey and milk of the Gospel, they have under their tongue; and by the good counsel and advice, comforts and admonitions, they give them; see Jeremiah 3:15;

but fools die for want of wisdom: not a corporeal death, which is common to men of every rank and quality; wise men die even as fools; but they continue under the power of a spiritual death, for want of enlightening and quickening grace, and so die an eternal death: not for want of natural wisdom, which they may have a greater share of than those who live spiritually and eternally; but for want of spiritual wisdom and knowledge; the knowledge of Christ, and the way of life and salvation by him, and the knowledge of God in Christ; and not always for the want of the means of such wisdom and knowledge; as the Scriptures, which are able to make a man wise unto salvation; and the Gospel, which is the wisdom of God in a mystery; but through the neglect and contempt of them: though sometimes men perish through want of the means of knowledge, and the neglect of those who should instruct them, Hosea 4:6. 21. Fools not only fail to benefit others, as do the righteous, but procure their own ruin (compare Pr 10:11, 17; Ho 4:6).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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