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

New Living Translation
The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.

English Standard Version
The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

New American Standard Bible
The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be ruined.

King James Bible
The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wise heart accepts commands, but foolish lips will be destroyed.

International Standard Version
The wise person accepts commands, but the chattering fool will be brought down.

NET Bible
The wise person accepts instructions, but the one who speaks foolishness will come to ruin.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the wise will receive the commandment to his heart and he who is insane is caught by his lips.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The one who is truly wise accepts commands, but the one who talks foolishly will be thrown down headfirst.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wise in heart will receive the commandments, but he who speaks foolishness shall fall.

King James 2000 Bible
The wise in heart will heed commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

American King James Version
The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

American Standard Version
The wise in heart will receive commandments; But a prating fool shall fall.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wise of heart receiveth precepts: a fool is beaten with lips.

Darby Bible Translation
The wise in heart receiveth commandments; but a prating fool shall fall.

English Revised Version
The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

World English Bible
The wise in heart accept commandments, but a chattering fool will fall.

Young's Literal Translation
The wise in heart accepteth commands, And a talkative fool kicketh.
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 8. - Will receive commandments. The wise in heart is not proud or conceited: he accepts the Divine Law with all its directions (observe the plural "commandments"), and is not above learning from others; at the same time, he makes no display of his wisdom. The fool of lips (ver. 10); one who is always exposing his folly. The literal antithesis is better shown by rendering "the solid in heart," and "the loose in lips." So Wordsworth. The Vulgate translates, "The fool is chastised by his lips;" i.e. the folly which he has uttered falls back upon him, and causes him to suffer punishment. The LXX. renders the last clause, "He who is given to prating (ἄστεγος χείλεσι), walking tortuously, shall be tripped up."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The wise in heart will receive commandments,.... Such who have true wisdom in the hidden part of the heart, of which the fear of the Lord is the beginning: these will not only, as good subjects, honour their king, and attend to his lawful commands; and, as dutiful children, regard those of their parents; and, as faithful servants, hearken to those of their masters; but, as such that fear the Lord, will receive and cheerfully obey the commandments of God and Christ;

but a prating fool shall fall; like Diotrephes, that prated against the Apostle John and other saints. Or, "a fool of lips" (b); whose folly is proclaimed and made known by his lips; who, out of the abundance of it in his heart, speaks and pours it out by his lips: such an one falls into sin and into mischief; he falls into disgrace in this world, and into hell in the next. The Targum is,

"the fool by his lips shall be taken;''

as in a snare.

(b) "stultus labiis", Montanus, &c.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. wise, &c.—(compare Pr 9:8, 9, 16), opposed to

prating fool—or, "fool of lips of wicked language."

fall—headlong, suddenly.

Proverbs 10:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
7The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot. 8The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be ruined. 9He who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:24
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Proverbs 9:8
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.

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

Proverbs 10:14
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
Treasury of Scripture

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

Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge: but he that hates reproof is brutish.

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James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

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

fall or be beaten

Proverbs 18:6,7 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes…

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