Proverbs 13:3
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English Standard Version
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

King James Bible
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

American Standard Version
He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life; But he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his soul: but he that hath no guard on his speech shall meet with evils.

English Revised Version
He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Proverbs 13:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

25 Trouble in the heart of a man boweth it down,

     And a friendly word maketh it glad.

The twofold anomaly that דּאגה is construed as masc. and לב as fem. renders the text doubtful, but the lxx, Syr., Targum, which introduce another subject, φοβερὸς λόγος (דּבר מדאיג?), do not improve it; Theodotion's is preferable, who translates μέριμνα ἐν καρδίᾳ ἀνδρὸς κατίσχει αὐτόν, and thus reads ישׁחנּוּ. But the rhyme is thereby lost. As כּבוד, Genesis 49:6, so also may לב be used as fem., for one thereby thinks on נפשׁ; the plur. לבּות (לבבות), according to which in Ezekiel 16:30 we find the sing. לבּה, may also conform to this. And ישׁחנה as pred. to דאגה follows the scheme Proverbs 2:10, perhaps not without attractional co-operation after the scheme קשׁת גברים חתים, 1 Samuel 2:4. השׁחה, from שׁחה, occurs only here; but השׁח, from שׁחח, occurs only twice. דּבר טוב designates in the book of Joshua and in Kings (1 Kings 8:56) the divine promise; here it is of the same meaning as 1 Kings 12:7 : an appeasing word. Who has not in himself had this experience, how such a word of friendly encouragement from a sympathizing heart cheers the sorrowful soul, and, if only for a time, changes its sorrow into the joy of confidence and of hope!

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Proverbs 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Psalm 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

Matthew 12:36,37 But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment...

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

James 3:2-12 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body...

Cross References
James 3:2
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.

Psalm 34:13
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

Psalm 141:3
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

Proverbs 10:14
The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.

Proverbs 13:4
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

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

Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

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