Proverbs 15:4
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New International Version
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

New Living Translation
Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

English Standard Version
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

New American Standard Bible
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.

King James Bible
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The tongue that heals is a tree of life, but a devious tongue breaks the spirit.

International Standard Version
A gentle statement is a tree of life, but perverted speech shatters the spirit.

NET Bible
Speech that heals is like a life-giving tree, but a perverse tongue breaks the spirit.

New Heart English Bible
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but deceit in it crushes the spirit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The tree of life is the healing of the tongue, and he that eats its fruit will be filled by it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue breaks the spirit.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A soothing tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a wound to the spirit.

New American Standard 1977
A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
            But perversion in it crushes the spirit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

American King James Version
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

American Standard Version
A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A peaceable tongue is a tree of life: but that which is immoderate, shall crush the spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
Gentleness of tongue is a tree of life; but crookedness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

English Revised Version
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

Webster's Bible Translation
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness in it is a breach in the spirit.

World English Bible
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but deceit in it crushes the spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
A healed tongue is a tree of life, And perverseness in it -- a breach in the spirit.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
15:3. Secret sins, services, and sorrows, are under God's eye. This speaks comfort to saints, and terror to sinners. 4. A good tongue is healing to wounded consciences, by comforting them; to sin-sick souls, by convincing them; and it reconciles parties at variance. 5. If instruction is despised, reprove men rather than suffer them to go on undisturbed in the way to ruin. 6. The wealth of worldly men increases their fears and suspicions, adds strength to their passions, and renders the fear of death more distressing. 7. We use knowledge aright when we disperse it; but the heart of the foolish has nothing to disperse that is good. 8,9. The wicked put other things in the stead of Christ's atonement, or in the place of holy obedience. Praying graces are his gift, and the work of his Spirit, with which he is well pleased. 10. He that hates reproof shall perish in his sins, since he would not be parted from them.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
3The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good. 4A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit. 5A fool rejects his father's discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible.…
Cross References
Revelation 2:7
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will grant the right to eat of the tree of life in the paradise of God.

Proverbs 3:18
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.

Proverbs 12:18
There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 15:3
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.

Proverbs 15:5
A fool rejects his father's discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible.
Treasury of Scripture

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

a wholesome

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue …

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise …

a tree

Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is …

Genesis 3:22-24 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to …

1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even …

Revelation 2:7 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; …

a breach

Proverbs 18:8,14 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the …

Proverbs 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the …

Psalm 52:2-4 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully…

Psalm 109:22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

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