New International Version
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
King James Bible
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
Darby Bible Translation
There is that babbleth like the piercings of a sword; but the tongue of the wise is health.
World English Bible
There is one who speaks rashly like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise heals.
Young's Literal Translation
A rash speaker is like piercings of a sword, And the tongue of the wise is healing.
Proverbs 12:18 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
There is that speaketh - Instead of בוטה boteh, blabbing out, blustering, several MSS. have בוטח boteach, Trusting: and instead of כמדקרות kemadkeroth, As the piercings, seven MSS., with the Complutensian Polyglot, have במדקרות bemadkeroth, In the piercings. "There is that trusteth in the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health." But I suppose the former to be the true reading.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Many-Sided Contrast of Wisdom and Folly
'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Of Having Confidence in God when Evil Words are Cast at Us
I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts-- men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.
See what they spew from their mouths-- the words from their lips are sharp as swords, and they think, "Who can hear us?"
for they are life to those who find them and health to one's whole body.
An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies.
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.
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