Proverbs 18:4
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New International Version
The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.

New Living Translation
Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.

English Standard Version
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

New American Standard Bible
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

King James Bible
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.

International Standard Version
The words a man says are as deep waters— a fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream.

NET Bible
The words of a person's mouth are like deep waters, and the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.

New Heart English Bible
The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters and the fount of wisdom is a rushing torrent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The words of a person's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters; A flowing brook, a fountain of wisdom.

New American Standard 1977
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
            The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

King James 2000 Bible
The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom like a flowing brook.

American King James Version
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

American Standard Version
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is as a flowing brook.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Words from the mouth of a men are as deep water: and the fountain of wisdom as an overflowing stream.

Darby Bible Translation
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, [and] the fountain of wisdom is a gushing brook.

English Revised Version
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom is as a flowing brook.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the well-spring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

World English Bible
The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.

Young's Literal Translation
Deep waters are the words of a man's mouth, The fountain of wisdom is a flowing brook.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
18:4. The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom. 5. The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person. 6,7. What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues! 8. How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! 9. Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin. 10,11. The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord. How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world! It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need. They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour. 12. After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. 13. Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame. 14. Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be? 15. We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts. 16. Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls.
Study Bible
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
3When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, And with dishonor comes scorn. 4The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. 5To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:11
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Proverbs 18:3
When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, And with dishonor comes scorn.

Proverbs 20:5
A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.
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