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

New Living Translation
The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips.

English Standard Version
A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

New American Standard Bible
A fool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

King James Bible
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A fool's mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life.

International Standard Version
A fool's mouth is his unraveling, and his lips entrap himself.

NET Bible
The mouth of a fool is his ruin, and his lips are a snare for his life.

New Heart English Bible
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The mouth of the fool is ruin to his soul, and by his lips his soul is caught.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A fool's mouth is his ruin. His lips are a trap to his soul.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A fool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

New American Standard 1977
A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
            And his lips are the snare of his soul.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

King James 2000 Bible
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

American King James Version
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

American Standard Version
A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The mouth of a fool is his destruction: and his lips are the ruin of his soul.

Darby Bible Translation
A fool's mouth is destruction to him, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

English Revised Version
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

World English Bible
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Young's Literal Translation
The mouth of a fool is ruin to him, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
Study Bible
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
6A fool's lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows. 7A fool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 8The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.…
Cross References
Psalm 64:8
So they will make him stumble; Their own tongue is against them; All who see them will shake the head.

Psalm 140:9
"As for the head of those who surround me, May the mischief of their lips cover them.

Proverbs 10:14
Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.

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

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

Proverbs 18:8
The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

Ecclesiastes 10:12
Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;
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A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

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(7) A fool's mouth is his destruction.--See above on Proverbs 12:13.

Verse 7. - The results of the fool's disposition and actions are further noted. A fool's mouth is his destruction (comp. Proverbs 10:15; Proverbs 13:9; Ecclesiastes 10:12). A mediaeval adage pronounces, "Ex lingua stulta veniunt incommoda multa." His lips are the snare of his soul; bring his life into danger (see on Proverbs 12:13; comp. Proverbs 13:14; Proverbs 14:27; Proverbs 17:28). So St. Luke (Luke 21:35) speaks of the last day, coming upon men like "a snare (παγίς)," the word used by the Septuagint in this passage. A fool's mouth is his destruction,.... The cause of it; for his contentions, and quarrels, and evil speaking, lawsuits are commenced against him, which bring ruin upon himself and his family now; as well as for his idle and wicked words he will be condemned hereafter, Matthew 12:35; there is a world of iniquity in the mouth and tongue of a wicked man, which bring destruction upon himself and others, James 3:6;

and his lips are the snare of his soul; from speaking in his own defence, he says things which should not be said, and by which he is entangled yet more and more; he is caught by his own words and condemned by them; or his loquacity, in which he delights, is a snare unto him to say things which neither become him, nor are for his advantage, but the contrary; see Proverbs 12:13. 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.
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