English Standard Version
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
King James Bible
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
American Standard Version
In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression; But he that refraineth his lips doeth wisely.
In the multitude of words there shall not want sin: but he that refraineth his lips is most wise.
English Revised Version
In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression: but he that refraineth his lips doeth wisely.
Webster's Bible Translation
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that restraineth his lips is wise.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
There follow now two other proverbs on the use and abuse of speech:
On the lips of the man of understanding wisdom is found;
And the rod for the back of the fool.
With Lwenstein, Hitzig, and others, it is inadmissible to regard ושׁבט as a second subject to תּמּצא. The mouth itself, or the word of the mouth, may be called a rod, viz., a rod of correction (Isaiah 11:4); but that wisdom and such a rod are found on the lips of the wise would be a combination and a figure in bad taste. Thus 13b is a clause by itself, as Luther renders it: "but a rod belongs to the fool's back;" and this will express a contrast to 13a, that while wisdom is to be sought for on the lips of the man of understanding (cf. Malachi 2:7), a man devoid of understanding, on the contrary, gives himself to such hollow and corrupt talk, that in order to educate him to something better, if possible, the rod must be applied to his back; for, according to the Talmudic proverb: that which a wise man gains by a hint, a fool only obtains by a club. The rod is called שׁבט, from שׁבט, to be smooth, to go straight down (as the hair of the head); and the back גּו, from גּוה, to be rounded, i.e., concave or convex.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.
"Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right?
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.
For a dream comes with much business, and a fool's voice with many words.
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