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

New Living Translation
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

English Standard Version
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

New American Standard Bible
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

King James Bible
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

International Standard Version
The power of the tongue is life and death— those who love to talk will eat what it produces.

NET Bible
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love its use will eat its fruit.

New Heart English Bible
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and he that loves it will eat from its fruit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love to talk will have to eat their own words.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that indulge it shall eat the fruit thereof.

New American Standard 1977
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
            And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those that love it shall eat its fruit.

King James 2000 Bible
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

American King James Version
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

American Standard Version
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: they that love it, shall eat the fruits thereof.

Darby Bible Translation
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

English Revised Version
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit of it.

World English Bible
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.

Young's Literal Translation
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those loving it eat its fruit.
Study Bible
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
20With the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips. 21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. 22He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:37
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

Proverbs 10:19
When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Proverbs 12:13
An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will escape from trouble.

Proverbs 13:2
From the fruit of a man's mouth he enjoys good, But the desire of the treacherous is violence.

Proverbs 13:3
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Proverbs 21:23
He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.

Isaiah 3:10
Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions.

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

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

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Proverbs 18:4-7 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring …

Proverbs 10:20,21,31 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked …

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.

Matthew 12:35-37 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things…

Romans 10:14,15 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and …

2 Corinthians 2:16 To the one we are the smell of death to death; and to the other the …

2 Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed …

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that …

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you …

Titus 1:10,11 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially …

James 3:6-9 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among …

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

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Proverbs 10:9 He that walks uprightly walks surely: but he that perverts his ways …

Ecclesiastes 10:12-14 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool …

Isaiah 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, …

(21) Death and life are in the power of the tongue.--See above on Proverbs 4:23, where much the same power is attributed to the heart as is here given to the tongue as being its exponent. (Comp. also Proverbs 12:13.)

They that love it--i.e., to use it.

Verse 21. - Death and life are in the power of the tongue; literally, in the hand of the tongue. The tongue, according as it is used, deals forth life or death; for speech is the picture of the mind (comp. Proverbs 12:18; Proverbs 26:28). The vast importance of our words may be learned from James 3; and our blessed Lord says expressly (Matthew 12:36, etc.), "Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." Hence the gnome -

Γλῶσσα τύχη γλῶσσα δαίμων

intimating that the tongue is the real controller of man's destiny; and another -

Λόγῳ διοικεῖται βροτῶν βίος μόνῳ

By words alone is life of mortals swayed." And they that love it (the tongue) shall eat the fruit thereof. They who use it much must abide the consequences of their words, whether by kind and pure and edifying conversation they contribute health and life to themselves and others, or whether by foul, calumnious, corrupting language they involve themselves and others in mortal sin. For "they that love it," the Septuagint has, οἱ κρατοῦντες αὐτῆς, "they who get the mastery over it." Death and life are in the power of the tongue,.... Of witnesses, according to the testimony they bear; of judges, according to the sentence they pass; of teachers, according to the doctrine they preach; of all men, who, by their well or ill speaking, bring death or life to themselves and others. Some, by their tongues, by the too free use of them, or falsehood they utter, are the cause of death to themselves and others; and some, by their silence, or by their prudent speech and prevalent intercession, secure or obtain life for themselves and others; yea, judgment at the last day will proceed according to a man's words, "By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned", Matthew 12:37; the tongue is the instrument either of a great deal of good, or of a great deal of evil;

and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof; that delight to be talkative; that love to use the tongue, whether in a good or in a bad way, shall accordingly be recompensed; shall enjoy the advantages or disadvantages arising from it. 21. Death and life—or, the greatest evil and good.

that love it—that is, the tongue, or its use for good or evil.

eat … fruit—(Compare Pr 18:19; Jas 1:19).18:19. Great care must be taken to prevent quarrels among relations and those under obligations to each other. Wisdom and grace make it easy to forgive; but corruption makes it difficult. 20. The belly is here put for the heart, as elsewhere; and what that is filled with, our satisfaction will be accordingly, and our inward peace. 21. Many a one has caused his own death, or the death of others, by a false or injurious tongue. 22. A good wife is a great blessing to a man, and it is a token of Divine favour. 23. Poverty tells men they must not order or demand. And at the throne of God's grace we are all poor, and must use entreaties. 24. Christ Jesus never will forsake those who trust in and love him. May we be such friends to others, for our Master's sake. Having loved his own, which were in the world, he loved them unto the end; and we are his friends if we do whatever he commands us, Joh 15:14.
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