Proverbs 10:13
New International Version
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.

New Living Translation
Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding, but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod.

English Standard Version
On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.

Berean Study Bible
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.

King James Bible
In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

New King James Version
Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.

New American Standard Bible
On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who has no sense.

NASB 1995
On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.

NASB 1977
On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.

Amplified Bible
On the lips of the discerning, [skillful and godly] wisdom is found, But discipline and the rod are for the back of the one who is without common sense and understanding.

Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of the one who lacks sense.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of the one who lacks sense.

American Standard Version
In the lips of him that hath discernment wisdom is found; But a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whoever brings forth wisdom from his lips beats the man lacking a heart with a staff.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that brings forth wisdom from his lips smites the fool with a rod.

Contemporary English Version
If you have good sense, it will show when you speak. But if you are stupid, you will be beaten with a stick.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the lips of the wise is wisdom found: and a rod on the back of him that wanteth sense.

English Revised Version
In the lips of him that hath discernment wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Good News Translation
Intelligent people talk sense, but stupid people need to be punished.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wisdom is found on the lips of a person who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of one without sense.

International Standard Version
Wisdom characterizes the speech of the discerning, but the rod is for the backs of those lacking discernment.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In the lips of him that hath discernment wisdom is found; But a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Literal Standard Version
Wisdom is found in the lips of the intelligent, "" And a rod [is] for the back of him who is lacking understanding.

NET Bible
Wisdom is found in the words of the discerning person, but the one who lacks wisdom will be disciplined.

New Heart English Bible
Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has discernment, but a rod is for the back of him who is void of understanding.

World English Bible
Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has discernment, but a rod is for the back of him who is void of understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
In the lips of the intelligent is wisdom found, And a rod is for the back of him who is lacking understanding.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
12Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all transgressions. 13Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment. 14The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of the fool invites destruction.…

Cross References
Psalm 37:30
The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.

Proverbs 6:32
He who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.

Proverbs 10:31
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.

Proverbs 19:29
Judgments are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.

Proverbs 26:3
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!


Treasury of Scripture

In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

the lips

Proverbs 10:11,21
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked…

Proverbs 15:7,23
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so…

Proverbs 20:15
There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

a rod

Proverbs 10:10
He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

Proverbs 7:22
He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

Proverbs 17:10
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

understanding

Proverbs 6:32
But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.









Verse 13. - Wisdom is found (comp. Psalm 37:30). The man of understanding is discreet in speech, and does not cause trouble by rash or foolish words. A rod (Proverbs 19:29; Proverbs 26:3). A fool brings upon himself punishment by his insensate talk. Void of understanding; Hebrew, "wanting in heart;" Vulgate, qui indiget corde. The LXX. combines the two members into one proposition, "He who putteth forth wisdom with his lips is a rod to chastise the man without heart." In the Hebrew conception the "heart" is the seat, not only of the passions and affections, but also of the intellectual faculties.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Wisdom
חָכְמָ֑ה (ḥāḵ·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2451: Wisdom

is found
תִּמָּצֵ֣א (tim·mā·ṣê)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

on the lips
בְּשִׂפְתֵ֣י (bə·śip̄·ṯê)
Preposition-b | Noun - fdc
Strong's 8193: The lip, language, a margin

of the discerning,
נָ֭בוֹן (nā·ḇō·wn)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 995: To separate mentally, understand

but a rod
וְ֝שֵׁ֗בֶט (wə·šê·ḇeṭ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7626: Rod, staff, club, scepter, tribe

is for the back
לְגֵ֣ו (lə·ḡêw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1460: The back, the middle

of him who lacks
חֲסַר־ (ḥă·sar-)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

judgment.
לֵֽב׃ (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre


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