Proverbs 18:20
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New International Version
From the fruit of their mouth a person's stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.

King James Bible
A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

Darby Bible Translation
A man's belly is satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; with the increase of his lips is he satisfied.

World English Bible
A man's stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.

Young's Literal Translation
From the fruit of a man's mouth is his belly satisfied, From the increase of his lips he is satisfied.

Proverbs 18:20 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

With the fruit of his mouth - Our own words frequently shape our good or evil fortune in life.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 12:13,14 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble...

Proverbs 13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

Proverbs 22:18,21 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they shall with be fitted in your lips...

Proverbs 25:11,12 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver...

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Two Fortresses
'The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11. The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit'--PROVERBS xviii. 10,11. The mere reading of these two verses shows that, contrary to the usual rule in the Book of Proverbs, they have a bearing on each other. They are intended to suggest a very strong contrast, and that contrast is even more emphatic in the original than in our translation; because, as the margin of your Bibles
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Cause and Cure of a Wounded Spirit
A sermon (2494) intended for reading on Lord's Day, December 6th, 1896, delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington on Thursday Evening, April 16th, 1885. "The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?"--Proverbs 18:14. Every man sooner or later has some kind of infirmity to bear. It may be that his constitution from the very first will be inclined to certain disease and pains, or possibly he may in passing through life suffer from accident
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

"And if Christ be in You, the Body is Dead Because of Sin: but the Spirit is Life Because of Righteousness. "
Rom. viii. 10.--"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin: but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." "The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law," saith our apostle, 1 Cor. xv. 56. These two concur to make man mortal, and these two are the bitter ingredients of death. Sin procured it, and the law appointed it, and God hath seen to the exact execution of that law in all ages; for what man liveth and shall not taste of death? Two only escaped the common
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Commerce
The remarkable change which we have noticed in the views of Jewish authorities, from contempt to almost affectation of manual labour, could certainly not have been arbitrary. But as we fail to discover here any religious motive, we can only account for it on the score of altered political and social circumstances. So long as the people were, at least nominally, independent, and in possession of their own land, constant engagement in a trade would probably mark an inferior social stage, and imply
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
Proverbs 12:14
From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.

Proverbs 14:14
The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good rewarded for theirs.

Proverbs 18:19
A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

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