New American Standard Bible
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise will protect them.
King James Bible
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
Darby Bible Translation
In the fool's mouth is a rod of pride; but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
World English Bible
The fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.
Young's Literal Translation
In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, And the lips of the wise preserve them.
Proverbs 14:3 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A rod of pride - i. e., The pride shown in his speech is as a rod with which he strikes down others and himself.
LibrarySatisfied from Self
'... A good man shall be satisfied from himself.'--PROVERBS xiv. 14. At first sight this saying strikes one as somewhat unlike the ordinary Scripture tone, and savouring rather of a Stoical self-complacency; but we recall parallel sayings, such as Christ's words, 'The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water'; and the Apostle's, 'Then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone.' We further note that the text has an antithetic parallel in the preceding clause, where the picture is …
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