Proverbs 10:31
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New International Version
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.

New Living Translation
The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.

English Standard Version
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

New American Standard Bible
The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

King James Bible
The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The mouth of the righteous produces wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.

International Standard Version
The words of the righteous overflow with wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out.

NET Bible
The speech of the righteous bears the fruit of wisdom, but the one who speaks perversion will be destroyed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom and a perverted tongue will be cut out.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The mouth of a righteous person increases wisdom, but a devious tongue will be cut off.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The mouth of the just shall bring forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue shall be cut out.

King James 2000 Bible
The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom: but the perverse tongue shall be cut out.

American King James Version
The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom: but the fraudulent tongue shall be cut out.

American Standard Version
The mouth of the righteous bringeth forth wisdom; But the perverse tongue shall be cut off.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The mouth of the just shall bring forth wisdom: the tongue of the perverse shall perish.

Darby Bible Translation
The mouth of a righteous [man] putteth forth wisdom; but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

English Revised Version
The mouth of the righteous bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut off.

Webster's Bible Translation
The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

World English Bible
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

Young's Literal Translation
The mouth of the righteous uttereth wisdom, And the tongue of frowardness is cut out.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:29. The believer grows stronger in faith, and obeys with increased delight. 30. The wicked would be glad to have this earth their home for ever, but it cannot be so. They must die and leave all their idols behind. 31,32. A good man discourses wisely for the benefit of others. But it is the sin, and will be the ruin of a wicked man, that he speaks what is displeasing to God, and provoking to those he converses with. The righteous is kept by the power of God; and nothing shall be able to separate him from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 31. - Bringeth forth; as a tree produces fruit, and the fields yield their increase. The metaphor is common. Thus Isaiah (Isaiah 57:19) speaks of "the fruit of the lips" (comp. Hebrews 13:15 and Psalm 37:30, which latter passage occurs in the same connection as the present). The Septuagint renders, "distilleth wisdom." So Song of Solomon 5:13, "His lips are like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh." The froward tongue (Proverbs 2:12, 14: 8:13, which speaks only what is perverse and evil). Shall be cut out; like a corrupt tree that cumbers the ground (Matthew 3:10; Luke 13:7). The abuse of God's great gift of speech shall be severely punished. "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Matthew 12:36, 37).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom,.... As the earth brings forth its increase, and a tree brings forth its fruit; hence speech is called the fruit of the lips; wisdom is good fruit; a good man is comparable to the fruitful earth, and to a good tree; whose mouth brings forth wise things in abundance, which are very pleasant and profitable; not worldly wisdom, much less devilish; not merely natural wisdom, but spiritual and evangelical; see Psalm 37:30;

but the froward tongue shall be cut out; or "cut down" (z); as an unprofitable tree, which brings forth nothing but perverse things; things contrary to God and good men, to truth and right reason, to the light of nature, the law of God, and Gospel of Christ. Such "a tongue of perversities" (a), as it may be rendered, that brings forth blasphemies against God, his tabernacle and his saints, as the tongue of antichrist does, deserves to be cut out, as the tongue of a blasphemer.

(z) "succidetur", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus. (a) "lingua perversitatum", Montanus, Junius & Tremeilius, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

31. bringeth forth—literally, "germinates" as a plant.

froward—(Compare Pr 2:12, 14).

cut off—as an unproductive plant.

Proverbs 10:31 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
30The righteous will never be shaken, But the wicked will not dwell in the land. 31The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out. 32The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.
Cross References
Psalm 37:30
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.

Proverbs 10:13
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.

Proverbs 17:20
One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.

Proverbs 31:26
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
Treasury of Scripture

The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom: but the fraudulent tongue shall be cut out.

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Proverbs 10:11,13,20,21 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers …

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

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Psalm 31:18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things …

Psalm 63:11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that swears by him shall …

Psalm 120:3,4 What shall be given to you? or what shall be done to you, you false tongue…

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