Ecclesiastes 10:12
New International Version
Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.

New Living Translation
Wise words bring approval, but fools are destroyed by their own words.

English Standard Version
The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

Berean Study Bible
The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him.

New American Standard Bible
Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;

King James Bible
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

Christian Standard Bible
The words from the mouth of a wise person are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him.

Contemporary English Version
If you talk sensibly, you will have friends; if you talk foolishly, you will destroy yourself.

Good News Translation
What the wise say brings them honor, but fools are destroyed by their own words.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him.

International Standard Version
The words spoken by the wise are gracious, but the lips of a fool will devour him.

NET Bible
The words of a wise person win him favor, but the words of a fool are self-destructive.

New Heart English Bible
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but a fool is swallowed by his own lips.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wise person's words win favors, but a fool's lips are self-destructive.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; But the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

New American Standard 1977
Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;

Jubilee Bible 2000
The words from the mouth of the wise man are grace, but the lips of the fool will swallow up himself.

King James 2000 Bible
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow him up.

American King James Version
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

American Standard Version
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The words of a wise mouth are gracious: but the lips of a fool will swallow him up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of the mouth of a wise man are grace: but the lips of a fool shall throw him down headlong.

Darby Bible Translation
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool swallow up himself.

English Revised Version
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

World English Bible
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but a fool is swallowed by his own lips.

Young's Literal Translation
Words of the mouth of the wise are gracious, And the lips of a fool swallow him up.
Study Bible
Wisdom and Folly
11If the snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer. 12The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him. 13The beginning of his talk is folly, and the end of his speech is evil madness.…
Cross References
Luke 4:22
All spoke well of Him and marveled at the gracious words that came from His lips. "Isn't this the son of Joseph?" they asked.

Ephesians 4:29
Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen.

Proverbs 10:14
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of the fool invites destruction.

Proverbs 10:32
The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.

Proverbs 18:7
A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 22:11
He who loves a pure heart and gracious lips will have the king for a friend.

Ecclesiastes 4:5
The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh.

Ecclesiastes 9:17
The calm words of the wise are heeded over the shouts of a ruler among fools.

Ecclesiastes 12:11
The words of the wise are like goads, and the anthologies of the masters are like firmly embedded nails driven by a single Shepherd.

Treasury of Scripture

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

words

Job 4:3,4
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands…

Job 16:5
But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

Psalm 37:30
The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

gracious

2 Samuel 1:16
And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD'S anointed.

1 Kings 20:40-42
And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And the king of Israel said unto him, So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it

Psalm 64:8
So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.







Lexicon
The words
דִּבְרֵ֥י (diḇ·rê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

of a wise man’s
חָכָ֖ם (ḥā·ḵām)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

mouth
פִי־ (p̄î-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

are gracious,
חֵ֑ן (ḥên)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2580: Graciousness, subjective, objective

but the lips
וְשִׂפְת֥וֹת (wə·śip̄·ṯō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

of a fool
כְּסִ֖יל (kə·sîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

consume him.
תְּבַלְּעֶֽנּוּ׃ (tə·ḇal·lə·‘en·nū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1104: To swallow down, swallow up, engulf
Verses 12-15. - Section 14. The mention of "the master of the tongue" in ver. 11 leads the author to introduce some maxims concerned with the contrast between the words and acts of the wise, and the worthless prating and useless labors of the fool. Verse 12. - The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; literally, are grace (χάρις, Septuagint); i.e. they net only are pleasing in form and manner, but they conciliate favor, produce approbation and good will, convince and, what is more, persuade. So of our blessed Lord it was said, "All bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words (τοῖς λόγοις τῆς χάριτος) which proceeded out of his mouth" (Luke 4:22; cutup. Psalm 45:2). In distinction from the unready man, who, like the snake-charmer in the preceding verse, suffers-by reason of his untimely silence, the wise man uses his speech opportunely and to good purpose. (A different result is given in Ecclesiastes 9:11.) But the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. This is a stronger ex-prosaic, than "ruin" or "destroy." Speaking without due forethought, he compromises himself] says what he has shamefully to withdraw, and brings punishment on his own head (cutup. Proverbs 10:8, 21; Proverbs 18:7).

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"Untimely speech has ruined many a life." 10:11-15 There is a practice in the East, of charming serpents by music. The babbler's tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison; and contradiction only makes it the more violent. We must find the way to keep him gentle. But by rash, unprincipled, or slanderous talk, he brings open or secret vengeance upon himself. Would we duly consider our own ignorance as to future events, it would cut off many idle words which we foolishly multiply. Fools toil a great deal to no purpose. They do not understand the plainest things, such as the entrance into a great city. But it is the excellency of the way to the heavenly city, that it is a high-way, in which the simplest wayfaring men shall not err, Isa 25:8. But sinful folly makes men miss that only way to happiness.
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