Proverbs 13:2
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New International Version
From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.

New Living Translation
Wise words will win you a good meal, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.

English Standard Version
From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.

New American Standard Bible
From the fruit of a man's mouth he enjoys good, But the desire of the treacherous is violence.

King James Bible
A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
From the words of his mouth, a man will enjoy good things, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.

International Standard Version
From the fruit of his words a man receives benefit, but the treacherous crave violence.

NET Bible
From the fruit of his speech a person eats good things, but the faithless desire the fruit of violence.

New Heart English Bible
By the fruit of his lips, a man enjoys good things; but the unfaithful crave violence.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A good man will be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth and the souls of the evil will be destroyed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person eats well as a result of his speaking ability, but the appetite of treacherous people [craves] violence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A man shall eat good from the fruit of his mouth; But the desire of the faithless is violence.

New American Standard 1977
From the fruit of a man’s mouth he enjoys good,
            But the desire of the treacherous is violence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Of the fruit of his mouth man shall eat well: but the soul of the transgressors shall starve.

King James 2000 Bible
A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors feeds on violence.

American King James Version
A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

American Standard Version
A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth; But the soul of the treacherous'shall eat violence.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Of the fruit of his own mouth shall a man be filled with good things: but the soul of transgressors is wicked.

Darby Bible Translation
A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth; but the soul of the treacherous, violence.

English Revised Version
A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the treacherous shall eat violence.

Webster's Bible Translation
A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

World English Bible
By the fruit of his lips, a man enjoys good things; but the unfaithful crave violence.

Young's Literal Translation
From the fruit of the mouth a man eateth good, And the soul of the treacherous -- violence.
Study Bible
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
1A wise son accepts his father's discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 2From the fruit of a man's mouth he enjoys good, But the desire of the treacherous is violence. 3The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:31
"So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices.

Proverbs 4:17
For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence.

Proverbs 12:14
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, And the deeds of a man's hands will return to him.

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

Hosea 10:13
You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, You have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors,
Treasury of Scripture

A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

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Proverbs 12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and …

Proverbs 18:20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and …

the soul

Proverbs 1:11-13,18,31 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk …

Proverbs 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

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

Psalm 75:8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; …

Psalm 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt …

Jeremiah 25:27-31 Therefore you shall say to them, Thus said the LORD of hosts, the …

Habakkuk 2:8,17 Because you have spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people …

Revelation 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have …

(2) A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth.--See above on Proverbs 12:14.

Shall eat violence.--Comp. Proverbs 1:31; Proverbs 26:6.

Verse 2. - A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth (Proverbs 12:14; Proverbs 18:20). By his kindly speech and wise counsels he shall gain the good will of his neighbours and the blessing of God. Schultens observes that the word rendered "good" (tob) means what is pleasant to taste and smell, while that translated "violence" (chamas) signifies literally what is crude and unripe. The soul of the transgressors shall eat violence (Proverbs 1:31). The Authorized Version introduces the verb from the first clause unnecessarily. The meaning of this rendering is that sinners, especially the treacherous, bring on themselves retribution; the injuries which they devise against others recoil on their own heads (Proverbs 10:6). The Hebrew is, "The soul (i.e. the desire, or delight) of the perfidious (is) violence." Such men have only one thing at heart, viz. to wrong their neighbour, and to increase their own property by any, even nefarious, precedings. Septuagint, "Of the fruits of righteousness the good man shall eat; but the lives of transgressors shall perish untimely." A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth,.... Or, "of the mouth"; either another's or his own, since the word his is not in the text; though it is supplied by the Targum, Aben Ezra, the Vulgate Latin, and Syriac versions, as by us. The Septuagint and Arabic versions render it, "shall eat of the fruits of righteousness". I should choose to translate the whole thus: "a good man shall eat of the fruit of his mouth": so Aben Ezra interprets it, "a good man shall eat"; and so the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions render it. The sense is, that a good man brings forth good things out of the good treasure of his heart by his mouth; which not only minister grace to the hearers, and are for the use of edifying to others, but also to himself; while he gives wholesome counsel and advice to others, it is of service to himself; while he comforts others, he comforts himself; and while he teaches and instructs others, he teaches and instructs himself: so a good minister of Jesus Christ, while he feeds others with knowledge and understanding, he himself is nourished up with the words of faith and good doctrine; so Jarchi refers it to a man's doctrine, and the reward of it here and hereafter;

but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence; Jarchi interprets it,

"the delight of transgressors is violence;'' (u).

that is, what their souls desire, choose, will, and take pleasure in, even using violence, and doing mischief to others; and to the same purpose is the note of Gersom: but Aben Ezra supplies it from the former clause, as we do; and the sense is, that the same measure they mete out to others shall be measured out to them again; what they give others to eat, they shall eat themselves, even the bread of violence; see Proverbs 4:16. And this will be the case of all perfidious and treacherous ones, as the word (w) used signifies; of false teachers and cruel persecutors; and of Babylon, of whom it will he said, "reward her as she rewarded you", Revelation 18:6.

(u) "Anima cupido praevaricatorum est violentis", Gussetius, p. 524. (w) "perfidiosorum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "perfidorum", Cocceius, Schultens. 2. shall eat—that is, obtain (Pr 12:14).

transgressors—as in Pr 2:22.

violence—or, "mischief" to themselves.13:1 There is great hope of those that reverence their parents. There is little hope of any who will not hear those that deal faithfully with them. 2. By our words we must be justified or condemned, Mt 12:37. 3. He that thinks before he speaks, that suppresses evil if he have thought it, keeps his soul from a great deal both of guilt and grief. Many a one is ruined by an ungoverned tongue. 4. The slothful desire the gains the diligent get, but hate the pains the diligent take; therefore they have nothing. This is especially true as to the soul. 5. Where sin reigns, the man is loathsome. If his conscience were awake, he would abhor himself, and repent in dust and ashes.
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