Proverbs 14:3
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New International Version
A fool's mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.

New Living Translation
A fool's proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe.

English Standard Version
By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

New American Standard Bible
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise will protect them.

King James Bible
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The proud speech of a fool brings a rod of discipline, but the lips of the wise protect them.

International Standard Version
What a fool says brings a rod to his back, but the words of the wise protect them.

NET Bible
In the speech of a fool is a rod for his back, but the words of the wise protect them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Provocation and disgrace are in the mouth of the fool, and the lips of the wise will preserve them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because of a stubborn fool's words a whip is lifted against him, but wise people are protected by their speech.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

King James 2000 Bible
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

American King James Version
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

American Standard Version
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his pride; But the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the mouth of a fool is the rod of pride: but the lips of the wise preserve them.

Darby Bible Translation
In the fool's mouth is a rod of pride; but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

English Revised Version
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Webster's Bible Translation
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

World English Bible
The fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.

Young's Literal Translation
In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, And the lips of the wise preserve them.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:1 A woman who has no fear of God, who is wilful and wasteful, and indulges her ease, will as certainly ruin her family, as if she plucked her house down. 2. Here are grace and sin in their true colours. Those that despise God's precepts and promises, despise God and all his power and mercy. 3. Pride grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart. The root must be plucked up, or we cannot conquer this branch. The prudent words of wise men get them out of difficulties. 4. There can be no advantage without something which, though of little moment, will affright the indolent. 5. A conscientious witness will not dare to represent anything otherwise than according to his knowledge. 6. A scorner treats Divine things with contempt. He that feels his ignorance and unworthiness will search the Scriptures in a humble spirit. 7. We discover a wicked man if there is no savour of piety in his discourse. 8. We are travellers, whose concern is, not to spy out wonders, but to get to their journey's end; to understand the rules we are to walk by, also the ends we are to walk toward. The bad man cheats himself, and goes on in his mistake. 9. Foolish and profane men consider sin a mere trifle, to be made light of rather than mourned over. Fools mock at the sin-offering; but those that make light of sin, make light of Christ. 10. We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. Nor does the world know the peace of mind a serious Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness. 11. Sin ruins many great families; whilst righteousness often raises and strengthens even mean families. 12. The ways of carelessness, of worldliness, and of sensuality, seem right to those that walk in them; but self-deceivers prove self-destroyers. See the vanity of carnal mirth. 14. Of all sinners backsliders will have the most terror when they reflect on their own ways. 15. Eager readiness to believe what others say, has ever proved mischievous. The whole world was thus ruined at first. The man who is spiritually wise, depends on the Saviour alone for acceptance. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God's word. 16. Holy fear guards against every thing unholy. 17. An angry man is to be pitied as well as blamed; but the revengeful is more hateful.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride. חֹטֶר (choter), "rod," or "shoot," is found also in Isaiah 11:1. From the mouth of the arrogant fool proceeds a growth of vaunting and conceit, accompanied with insolence towards others, for which he is often chastised. So the tongue is compared to a sword (e.g. Psalm 57:4; Psalm 64:3; Jeremiah 18:18; Revelation 1:16. St. Gregory ('Mor. in Job.,' 24) applies this sentence to haughty preachers, who are anxious to appear superior to other people, and study more to chide and reprove than to encourage; "they know how to smite sharply, but not to sympathize with humility." Septuagint, "From the mouth of fools cometh a staff of insolence." The lips of the wise shall preserve them - the wise (Proverbs 13:3). These do not abuse speech to insult and injure others; and their words tend to conciliate others, and promote peace and good will (comp. Proverbs 12:6, 18).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride,.... A proud tongue, or a tongue speaking proud and haughty things; with which foolish or wicked men smite others and wound and hurt their reputation and credit, and in the issue hurt themselves also; their tongue is not only a rod to others, but a scourge to themselves, or is the cause of evil coming upon them; such was the tongue of Pharaoh, as Jarchi on the place observes, Exodus 5:2; and of those the psalmist speaks of, Psalm 73:9; and particularly of antichrist, whose mouth is opened in blasphemies against God, and his tabernacle, and his saints, Revelation 13:5;

but the lips of the wise shall preserve them; from speaking such proud and haughty things against God and men; or from being hurt by the tongues of men or their own; yea, what coaxes out of their mouth is confounding and destructive to their enemies, Revelation 11:5.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. rod of pride—that is, the punishment of pride, which they evince by their words. The words of the wise procure good to them.

Proverbs 14:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Every Wise Woman Builds Her House
2He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, But he who is devious in his ways despises Him. 3In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise will protect them. 4Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.…
Cross References
Proverbs 12:6
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.

Proverbs 14:4
Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.
Treasury of Scripture

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

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

Proverbs 21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who deals in proud wrath.

Proverbs 22:8 He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirs up strife: but he that puts his …

1 Samuel 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogance come out of …

Job 5:21 You shall be hid from the whip of the tongue: neither shall you be …

Psalm 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

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

Psalm 52:1,2 Why boast you yourself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of …

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on …

Daniel 7:20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which …

James 3:5,6 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. …

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

Revelation 15:5,6 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle …

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Proverbs 12:6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth …

Romans 10:9,10 That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall …

Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you …

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of …

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