New International Version
Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.
King James Bible
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
Darby Bible Translation
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool 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.
Ecclesiastes 10:12 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The words of a wise man's mouth - Every thing that proceeds from him is decent and orderly, creditable to himself, and acceptable to those who hear him. But the lips of the fool, which speak every thing at random, and have no understanding to guide them, are not only not pleasant to others, but often destructive to himself.
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'The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.'--ECCLES. x. 15. On the surface this seems to be merely a piece of homely, practical sagacity, conjoined with one of the bitter things which Ecclesiastes is fond of saying about those whom he calls 'fools.' It seems to repeat, under another metaphor, the same idea which has been presented in a previous verse, where we read: 'If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners Or, a Brief Relation of the Exceeding Mercy of God in Christ, to his Poor Servant, John Bunyan
All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" they asked.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.
The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.
Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves.
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