Proverbs 30:32
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New International Version
"If you play the fool and exalt yourself, or if you plan evil, clap your hand over your mouth!

King James Bible
If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, [lay] the hand upon thy mouth.

World English Bible
"If you have done foolishly in lifting up yourself, or if you have thought evil, put your hand over your mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
If thou hast been foolish in lifting up thyself, And if thou hast devised evil -- hand to mouth!

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

If thou hast done foolishly - And who has not, at one time or other of his life?

Lay thine hand upon thy mouth - Like the leper; and cry to God, Unclean! unclean! and keep silence to all besides. God will blot out thy offense, and neither the world nor the Church ever know it, for he is merciful; and man is rarely able to pass by a sin committed by his fellows, especially if it be one to which himself is by nature not liable or inclined.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Ecclesiastes 8:3 Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he does whatever pleases him.


Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Job 21:5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand on your mouth.

Job 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand on my mouth.

Ecclesiastes 8:4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say to him, What do you?

Micah 7:16,17 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand on their mouth, their ears shall be deaf...

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped...

A Homily for Humble Folks
A Sermon (No. 2140) delivered on Lord's Day, April 27th, 1890 by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. "Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man."--Proverbs 30:2. Sometimes it is necessary for a speaker to refer to himself, and he may feel it needful to do so in a way peculiar to the occasion. When Elihu addressed himself to Job and the three wise men, he commended himself to them saying, "I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Tenth Commandment
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.' Exod 20: 17. THIS commandment forbids covetousness in general, Thou shalt not covet;' and in particular, Thy neighbour's house, thy neighbour's wife, &c. I. It forbids covetousness in general. Thou shalt not covet.' It is lawful to use the world, yea, and to desire so much of it as may keep us from the temptation
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments

A Book for Boys and Girls Or, Temporal Things Spritualized.
by John Bunyan, Licensed and entered according to order. London: Printed for, and sold by, R. Tookey, at his Printing House in St. Christopher's Court, in Threadneedle Street, behind the Royal Exchange, 1701. Advertisement by the Editor. Some degree of mystery hangs over these Divine Emblems for children, and many years' diligent researches have not enabled me completely to solve it. That they were written by Bunyan, there cannot be the slightest doubt. 'Manner and matter, too, are all his own.'[1]
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

Thoughts Upon Worldly Riches. Sect. I.
HE that seriously considers the Constitution of the Christian Religion, observing the Excellency of its Doctrines, the Clearness of its Precepts, the Severity of its Threatnings, together with the Faithfulness of its Promises, and the Certainty of its Principles to trust to; such a one may justly be astonished, and admire what should be the reason that they who profess this not only the most excellent, but only true Religion in the World, should notwithstanding be generally as wicked, debauched and
William Beveridge—Private Thoughts Upon a Christian Life

Cross References
Job 21:5
Look at me and be appalled; clap your hand over your mouth.

Job 40:4
"I am unworthy--how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.

Proverbs 30:31
a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king secure against revolt.

Micah 7:16
Nations will see and be ashamed, deprived of all their power. They will put their hands over their mouths and their ears will become deaf.

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