New International Version
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.
King James Bible
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
Darby Bible Translation
In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression; but he that restraineth his lips doeth wisely.
World English Bible
In the multitude of words there is no lack of disobedience, but he who restrains his lips does wisely.
Young's Literal Translation
In the abundance of words transgression ceaseth not, And whoso is restraining his lips is wise.
Proverbs 10:19 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
In the multitude of words - It is impossible to speak much, and yet speak nothing but truth; and injure no man's character in the mean while.
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'The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.'--PROVERBS x. 29. You observe that the words 'shall be,' in the last clause, are a supplement. They are quite unnecessary, and in fact they rather hinder the sense. They destroy the completeness of the antithesis between the two halves of the verse. If you leave them out, and suppose that the 'way of the Lord' is what is spoken of in both clauses, you get a far deeper and fuller meaning. 'The way …
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How the Simple and the Crafty are to be Admonished.
Letter xv (Circa A. D. 1129) to Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
"Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool.
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