Proverbs 13:3
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New International Version
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

New Living Translation
Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.

English Standard Version
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

New American Standard Bible
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

King James Bible
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.

International Standard Version
Anyone who guards his words protects his life; anyone who talks too much is ruined.

NET Bible
The one who guards his words guards his life, but whoever is talkative will come to ruin.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that keeps his mouth takes care of his soul, and he that opens his lips works shipwreck to his soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever controls his mouth protects his own life. Whoever has a big mouth comes to ruin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens his lips often shall have calamity.

King James 2000 Bible
He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

American King James Version
He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

American Standard Version
He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life; But he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his soul: but he that hath no guard on his speech shall meet with evils.

Darby Bible Translation
He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his soul; destruction shall be to him that openeth wide his lips.

English Revised Version
He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

World English Bible
He who guards his mouth guards his soul. One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is keeping his mouth, is keeping his soul, Whoso is opening wide his lips -- ruin to him!
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - He that keepeth (guardeth) his mouth keepeth his life (Proverbs 18:21; Proverbs 21:23; comp. Psalm 39:1; James 1:26). Thus the gnome -

Ἡ γλῶσσα πολλοὺς εἰς ὄλεθρον ἤγαγεν.

"The tongue hath many to destruction led." And Ecclus. 28:25, "Weigh thy words in a balance, and make a door and bar for thy mouth. Beware thou slide not by it, lest thou fall before him that lieth in wait." But he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction (Proverbs 10:14). The Vulgate paraphrases, "He who is inconsiderate in speech shall experience evils;" Septuagint, "will terrify himself" - will occasion to himself many terrible alarms and inflictions. Hence the psalmist prays, "Set a watch, O Lord, before my month; keep the door of my lips." So we have in the Danish, "A silent man's words are not brought into court;" and in the Spanish, "Let not the tongue say what the head shall pay for;" while the Italians tell us, "The sheep that bleats is strangled by the wolf:" and "Silence was never written down" (Kelly). (See on Proverbs 18:6; 20:19.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life,.... He that keeps his mouth shut keeps it as with a bridle; keeps it from speaking things of other persons, particularly of such as are in high places, of kings and princes, and civil magistrates: he keeps himself quiet and comfortable; keeps himself from many troubles, which otherwise he would come into; keeps his life from danger, to which it would be exposed, should he speak evil of dignities, or give himself the freedom, as some do, whereby they are brought to an untimely end; see Proverbs 18:21; besides, persons ought to be careful of their words, since by them a man will either be justified or condemned hereafter, Matthew 12:37;

but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction; or "consternation" (x): he that is rash and inconsiderate, hasty with his lips, a talkative man; that speaks freely everything that comes into his mind, regardless of the characters of men, or consequences of things; is often brought into frights and fears, through the menaces and threatenings of men in power, whose characters he has made too free with, and oftentimes is brought to ruin and destruction: so he, whose throat is as an open sepulchre, belching out filthy words, horrid oaths, curses, and imprecations, destruction is near him, even in all his ways; and the man of sin, that opens his mouth in blasphemy against God, and his tabernacle, and his saints, shall go into perdition, Revelation 13:5.

(x) "consternatio", Mercerus, Cocceius, Michaelis; "terrebitur", Tigurine version.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. He … mouth … life—because evil speeches may provoke violence from others.

he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction—On last clause, compare Pr 10:14.

Proverbs 13:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
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. 4The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.…
Cross References
James 3:2
We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

Psalm 34:13
keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.

Psalm 141:3
Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

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

Proverbs 13:4
A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

Proverbs 18:7
The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.

Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 20:19
A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.

Proverbs 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
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He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

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Proverbs 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just …

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Psalm 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: …

Matthew 12:36,37 But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they …

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, …

James 3:2-12 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

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