Proverbs 10:21
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English Standard Version
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.

King James Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

American Standard Version
The lips of the righteous feed many; But the foolish die for lack of understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lips of the just teach many: but they that are ignorant, shall die in the want of understanding.

English Revised Version
The lips of the righteous feed many: but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

A pair of proverbs regarding possession and gain.

Regarding possession:

The rich man's wealth is his strong city;

The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

The first line equals Proverbs 18:11. One may render the idea according to that which is internal, and according to that which is external; and the proverb remains in both cases true. As עז may mean, of itself alone, power, as means of protection, or a bulwark (Psalm 8:3), or the consciousness of power, high feeling, pride (Judges 5:21); so קרית עזּו may be rendered as an object of self-confidence, and מחתּה, on the contrary, as an object of terror (Jeremiah 48:39): the rich man, to whom his estate (vid., on הון, p. 63) affords a sure reserve and an abundant source of help, can appear confident and go forth energetically; on the contrary, the poor man is timid and bashful, and is easily dejected and discouraged. Thus e.g., Oetinger and Hitzig. But the objective interpretation is allowable, and lies also much nearer: the rich man stands thus independent, changes and adversities cannot so easily overthrow him, he is also raised above many hazards and temptations; on the contrary, the poor man is overthrown by little misfortunes, and his despairing endeavours to save himself, when they fail, ruin him completely, and perhaps make him at the same time a moral outlaw. It is quite an experienced fact which this proverb expresses, but one from which the double doctrine is easily derived: (1) That it is not only advised, but also commanded, that man make the firm establishing of his external life-position the aim of his endeavour; (2) That one ought to treat with forbearance the humble man; and if he always sinks deeper and deeper, one ought not to judge him with unmerciful harshness and in proud self-exaltation.

Proverbs 10:21 Parallel Commentaries

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Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Job 4:3,4 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands...

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Job 29:21,22 To me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel...

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

Ecclesiastes 12:9,10 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he gave good heed, and sought out...

Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name...

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me more than these? He said to him, Yes...

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre...

fools

Proverbs 1:29,31 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD...

Proverbs 5:12,23 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof...

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you...

Matthew 13:19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one...

John 3:19,20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light...

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind...

wisdom

Proverbs 17:16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it?

Cross References
Matthew 12:35
The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.

Proverbs 5:23
He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.

Proverbs 6:32
He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.

Proverbs 10:11
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

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