Proverbs 10:13
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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.

New American Standard Bible
On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the lips of the prudent wisdom is found and is a rod unto the back of him that is void of understanding.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
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.

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.

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

Darby Bible Translation
In the lips of an intelligent [man] wisdom is found; but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

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.
Study Bible
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
But 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 covers …

Proverbs 15:7,23 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish …

Proverbs 20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge …

Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.

Exodus 10:12 And the LORD said to Moses, Stretch out your hand over the land of …

Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should …

Luke 4:22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which …

a rod

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

Proverbs 7:22 He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or …

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

Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.

Proverbs 27:22 Though you should bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, …

Psalm 32:9 Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: …

understanding

Proverbs 6:32 But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he …







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. In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found,.... He that has an understanding, especially of divine, spiritual, and evangelic things, which is the pure gift of God; wisdom will be found in his lips, his mouth will speak of it; not of mere natural wisdom, but spiritual wisdom; of the wisdom of God in his works; of Christ, the Wisdom of God; of the Gospel, the hidden wisdom; of inward experience of the grace of God, wisdom in the inward part, Psalm 37:30; from his lips will drop wise sayings, very instructive and informing; which those that seek for and observe may find to their profit and advantage, and to the great credit and honour of the understanding man; while the foolish man gets both stripes and disgrace, as follows;

but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding; or, "wants a heart" (e): that has no understanding of spiritual things in his heart, and so utters nothing but what is foolish and wicked, and, sooner or later, is chastised for it. The Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, read this clause in connection with the former, thus; "he that brings forth wisdom out of his lips smites with a rod him that is void of understanding".

(e) "carcutis corde"; Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus. 13. In the lips … found—hence, not beaten, as the wicked-speaking fool.

void of understanding—(Pr 6:32; 7:7).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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