Proverbs 12:13
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New International Version
Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.

New Living Translation
The wicked are trapped by their own words, but the godly escape such trouble.

English Standard Version
An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.

New American Standard Bible
An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble.

King James Bible
The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
An evil man is trapped by his rebellious speech, but a righteous one escapes from trouble.

International Standard Version
An evil man's sinful speech ensnares him, but the righteous person escapes from trouble.

NET Bible
The evil person is ensnared by the transgression of his speech, but the righteous person escapes out of trouble.

New Heart English Bible
An evil man is trapped by sinfulness of lips, but the righteous shall come out of trouble.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil one is caught in the evil of his lips and the righteous escapes from trouble.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
An evil person is trapped by his own sinful talk, but a righteous person escapes from trouble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man; But the righteous cometh out of trouble.

New American Standard 1977
An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
            But the righteous will escape from trouble.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips, but the just shall come out of the tribulation.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall escape from trouble.

American King James Version
The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

American Standard Version
In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man; But the righteous shall come out of trouble.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the sins of the lips ruin draweth nigh to the evil mall: but the just shall escape out of distress.

Darby Bible Translation
In the transgression of the lips is an evil snare; but a righteous [man] shall go forth out of trouble.

English Revised Version
In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man: but the righteous shall come out of trouble.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

World English Bible
An evil man is trapped by sinfulness of lips, but the righteous shall come out of trouble.

Young's Literal Translation
In transgression of the lips is the snare of the wicked, And the righteous goeth out from distress.
Study Bible
Loving Discipline and Knowledge
12The wicked man desires the booty of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit. 13An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble. 14A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man's hands will return to him.…
Cross References
2 Peter 2:9
if all this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.

Psalm 59:12
On account of the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, Let them even be caught in their pride, And on account of curses and lies which they utter.

Psalm 64:8
So they will make him stumble; Their own tongue is against them; All who see them will shake the head.

Proverbs 11:8
The righteous is delivered from trouble, But the wicked takes his place.

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

Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 21:23
He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.
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The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

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1 Kings 2:23 Then king Solomon swore by the LORD, saying, God do so to me, and more also…

Psalm 5:6 You shall destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the …

Psalm 64:8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall on themselves: all that …

Daniel 6:24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused …

Matthew 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

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Proverbs 11:8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead.

Genesis 48:16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let …

2 Samuel 4:9 And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon …

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers …

Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that you should take hold of this; yes, also from this …

Romans 8:35-37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, …

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to …

(13) The wicked is cursed by the transgression of his lips.--For his words, the product of his evil heart, while designed to injure others, often bring the offender himself into trouble (Psalm 7:16), and moreover, as being the true index of the inner life of the soul, are being stored up as a witness against him at the day of judgment" (Matthew 12:37). The "just man," on the contrary, avoids all this "trouble."

Verse 13. - The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips; rather, in the transgression of the lips is an evil snare (Proverbs 18:7). A man by speaking unadvisedly or intemperately brings trouble upon himself, involves himself in difficulties which he did not foresee. Often when he has spoken in order to injure others, the slander or the censure has redounded on himself (comp. Psalm 7:15, 16; Psalm 9:16). The just; the man who does not offend with his lips, avoids these snares. The Septuagint here introduces a couplet not found in the Hebrew: "He who looketh gently (ὁ βλέπων λεῖα) shall obtain mercy; but he who frequents the gates [or, 'contends in the gates,' συναντῶν ἐν πύλαις] will harass souls." This seems to mean the man who is calm and considerate for others will himself be treated with pity and consideration (Matthew 5:7); but he who is a gossip, or a busybody, or litigious, will be always vexing his neighbours. The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips,.... A wicked man often brings himself into trouble by giving his tongue too great a liberty, and by making free with the characters of others; sometimes by treasonable speeches against his sovereign; sometimes by bearing false Witness, and by lies and perjuries, of which he is convicted in open court; and by calumnies, reproaches, detraction, and scandal raised by him, and cast on his neighbour, who sues him for these things: or "in the transgression of the lips is an evil snare"; or "the snare of an evil man" (y); by the wicked things they say they lay a snare for others, which the simple and incautious are taken in; so heretics ensnare men by their good words and fair speeches, and plausibility of their doctrines; so antichrist, by lies in hypocrisy, and by his deceivableness of unrighteousness;

but the just shall come out of trouble; or escape it; he escapes the snare that is laid for him, and so the trouble consequent upon it; a just man escapes trouble by not giving his tongue the liberty wicked men do; and when he by any means falls into trouble, he gets out of it again by giving good words to those in whose hands he is; and by his prayers and supplications unto God. The righteous are sometimes in trouble, and in such sort of trouble as others are not; by reason of their own corruptions, Satan's temptations, the hidings of God's face, as well as various outward afflictions; out of all which the Lord delivers them sooner or later, in life or in death, Psalm 34:19. Jarchi exemplifies this in the case of righteous Noah, who escaped the flood, when the world of the ungodly were destroyed by it, for the transgression of their lips, saying, as in Job 21:15, "what is the Almighty?" &c.

(y) "in praevaricatione labiorum laqueos malus", Montanus, Michaelis, Schultens, so Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius; "vel laqueus hominis mali", Mercerus, Gejerus. 13, 14. The wicked is snared, etc.—The sentiment expanded. While the wicked, such as liars, flatterers, etc., fall by their own words, the righteous are unhurt. Their good conduct makes friends, and God rewards them.12:10. A godly man would not put even an animal to needless pain. But the wicked often speak of others as well used, when they would not endure like treatment for a single day. 11. It is men's wisdom to mind their business, and follow an honest calling. But it is folly to neglect business; and the grace of God teaches men to disdain nothing but sin. 12. When the ungodly see others prosper by sin, they wish they could act in the same way. But the root of Divine grace, in the heart of the righteous, produces other desires and purposes. 13. Many a man has paid dear in this world for the transgression of his lips.
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