Proverbs 15:4
Strong's Lexicon
A soothing
מַרְפֵּ֣א (mar·pê)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4832: 1) health, healing, cure 1a) healing, cure 1b) health, profit, sound (of mind) 1c) healing 1c1) incurable (with negative)

tongue
לָ֭שׁוֹן (lā·šō·wn)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3956: 1) tongue 1a) tongue (of men) 1a1) tongue (literal) 1a2) tongue (organ of speech) 1b) language 1c) tongue (of animals) 1d) tongue (of fire) 1e) wedge, bay of sea (tongue-shaped)

is a tree
עֵ֣ץ (‘êṣ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6086: 1) tree, wood, timber, stock, plank, stalk, stick, gallows 1a) tree, trees 1b) wood, pieces of wood, gallows, firewood, cedar-wood, woody flax

of life,
חַיִּ֑ים (ḥay·yîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2416: adj 1) living, alive 1a) green (of vegetation) 1b) flowing, fresh (of water) 1c) lively, active (of man) 1d) reviving (of the springtime) n m 2) relatives 3) life (abstract emphatic) 3a) life 3b) sustenance, maintenance n f 4) living thing, animal 4a) animal 4b) life 4c) appetite 4d) revival, renewal 5) community

but a perverse [tongue]
וְסֶ֥לֶף (wə·se·lep̄)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5558: 1) crookedness, perverseness, crooked dealing

crushes
שֶׁ֣בֶר (še·ḇer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7667: 1) breaking, fracture, crushing, breach, crash, ruin, shattering 1a) breaking, fracture, shattering, crushing 1b) crashing 1c) breaking (of a dream), interpretation 1d) quarries

the spirit.
בְּרֽוּחַ׃ (bə·rū·aḥ)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: 1) wind, breath, mind, spirit 1a) breath 1b) wind 1b1) of heaven 1b2) quarter (of wind), side 1b3) breath of air 1b4) air, gas 1b5) vain, empty thing 1c) spirit (as that which breathes quickly in animation or agitation) 1c1) spirit, animation, vivacity, vigour 1c2) courage 1c3) temper, anger 1c4) impatience, patience 1c5) spirit, disposition (as troubled, bitter, discontented) 1c6) disposition (of various kinds), unaccountable or uncontrollable impulse 1c7) prophetic spirit 1d) spirit (of the living, breathing being in man and animals) 1d1) as gift, preserved by God, God's spirit, departing at death, disembodied being 1e) spirit (as seat of emotion) 1e1) desire 1e2) sorrow, trouble 1f) spirit 1f1) as seat or organ of mental acts 1f2) rarely of the will 1f3) as seat especially of moral character 1g) Spirit of God, the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son 1g1) as inspiring ecstatic state of prophecy 1g2) as impelling prophet to utter instruction or warning 1g3) imparting warlike energy and executive and administrative power 1g4) as endowing men with various gifts 1g5) as energy of life 1g6) as manifest in the Shekinah glory 1g7) never referred to as a depersonalised force

Parallel Strong's
Holman Christian Standard Bible
The tongue that heals is a tree of life, but a devious tongue breaks the spirit.

New American Standard Bible
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.

King James Bible
A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.
Parallel Verses
New International Version
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

New Living Translation
Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

English Standard Version
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

New American Standard Bible
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.

King James Bible
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The tongue that heals is a tree of life, but a devious tongue breaks the spirit.

International Standard Version
A gentle statement is a tree of life, but perverted speech shatters the spirit.

NET Bible
Speech that heals is like a life-giving tree, but a perverse tongue breaks the spirit.

American Standard Version
A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

English Revised Version
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
A healed tongue is a tree of life, And perverseness in it -- a breach in the spirit.






Cross References
Revelation 2:7
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Proverbs 3:18
She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Proverbs 12:18
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 15:3
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Proverbs 15:5
A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

Proverbs 1:1
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Proverbs 15:1
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 15:6
In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

Proverbs 15:7
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
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