Proverbs 10:11
New International Version
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

New Living Translation
The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

English Standard Version
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Berean Study Bible
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

New American Standard Bible
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

King James Bible
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Christian Standard Bible
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Contemporary English Version
The words of good people are a source of life, but evil hides behind the words of the wicked.

Good News Translation
A good person's words are a fountain of life, but a wicked person's words hide a violent nature.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

International Standard Version
What the righteous say is a flowing fountain, but what the wicked say conceals violence.

NET Bible
The teaching of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the speech of the wicked conceals violence.

New Heart English Bible
The mouth of the righteous is a spring of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, and the mouths of the evil will hide evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The mouth of a righteous person is a fountain of life, but the mouths of wicked people conceal violence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life; But the mouth of the wicked concealeth violence.

New American Standard 1977
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the wicked covers violence.

King James 2000 Bible
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

American King James Version
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

American Standard Version
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life; But violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
There is a fountain of life in the hand of a righteous man; but destruction shall cover the mouth of the ungodly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The mouth of the just is a vein of life: and the mouth of the wicked covereth iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
The mouth of a righteous [man] is a fountain of life; but the mouth of the wicked covereth violence.

English Revised Version
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Webster's Bible Translation
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

World English Bible
The mouth of the righteous is a spring of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Young's Literal Translation
A fountain of life is the mouth of the righteous, And the mouth of the wicked cover doth violence.
Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
10He who winks the eye causes grief, and foolish lips will come to ruin. 11The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 12Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all transgressions.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:30
The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.

Proverbs 10:6
Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Proverbs 10:21
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of judgment.

Proverbs 13:14
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning one from the snares of death.

Proverbs 18:4
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Treasury of Scripture

The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

mouth

Proverbs 10:20,21,32
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth…

Proverbs 13:14
The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

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

but

Psalm 107:42
The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

Ecclesiastes 10:12-14
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself…

Matthew 12:34-37
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh…







Lexicon
The mouth
פִּ֣י (pî)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

of the righteous
צַדִּ֑יק (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

is a fountain
מְק֣וֹר (mə·qō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4726: Something dug, a, source, of happiness, wisdom, progeny)

of life,
חַ֭יִּים (ḥay·yîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

but the mouth
וּפִ֥י (ū·p̄î)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

of the wicked
רְ֝שָׁעִ֗ים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

conceals
יְכַסֶּ֥ה (yə·ḵas·seh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3680: To plump, fill up hollows, to cover

violence.
חָמָֽס׃ (ḥā·mās)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2555: Violence, wrong, by meton, unjust gain
(11) Violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.--If these words are to be taken as in Proverbs 10:6, then the first line must mean that the righteous man speaks to his own profit. But perhaps it will be better here to interpret the second line in the sense of "the mouth of the godless hideth violence," i.e., it conceals under deceitful words the mischief intended for others. With God is the "well of life" (Psalm 36:9; Revelation 22:17); and in like manner the "mouth of the righteous" brings comfort and refreshment to the weary and heavy laden.

Verse 11. - A well of life (Proverbs 13:14: 18:4). The good man utters words of wisdom, comfort, and edification. God himself is said to have "the well of life" (Psalm 36:9), and to be "the Fountain of living waters" (Jeremiah 2:13): and the holy man, drawing from this supply, sheds life and health around. The second clause should be takes as in Ver. 6, but the mouth of the wicked concealeth violence, the contrast being between the open usefulness of the good man's words and the harmful reticence of the malicious sinner. The Septuagint has, "A fountain of life is in the hand of the righteous; but destruction shall cover the mouth of the wicked." This is explained to mean that a good man's words and actions tend to spiritual health; a bad man's words bring down sorrow and punishment. 10:7. Both the just and the wicked must die; but between their souls there is a vast difference. 8. The wise in heart puts his knowledge in practice. 9. Dissemblers, after all their shuffling, will be exposed. 10. Trick and artifice will be no excuse for iniquity. 11. The good man's mouth is always open to teach, comfort, and correct others. 12. Where there is hatred, every thing stirs up strife. By bearing with each other, peace and harmony are preserved. 13. Those that foolishly go on in wicked ways, prepare rods for themselves. 14. Whatever knowledge may be useful, we must lay it up, that it may not be to seek when we want it. The wise gain this wisdom by reading, by hearing the word, by meditation, by prayer, by faith in Christ, who is made of God unto us wisdom. 15. This refers to the common mistakes both of rich and poor, as to their outward condition. Rich people's wealth exposes them to many dangers; while a poor man may live comfortably, if he is content, keeps a good conscience, and lives by faith. 16. Perhaps a righteous man has no more than what he works hard for, but that labour tends to life. 17. The traveller that has missed his way, and cannot bear to be told of it, and to be shown the right way, must err still. 18. He is especially a fool who thinks to hide anything from God; and malice is no better. 19. Those that speak much, speak much amiss. He that checks himself is a wise man, and therein consults his own peace. 20,21. The tongue of the just is sincere, freed from the dross of guile and evil design. Pious discourse is spiritual food to the needy. Fools die for want of a heart, so the word is; for want of thought.
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