Proverbs 10:21
New International Version
The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense.

New Living Translation
The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

English Standard Version
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.

Berean Study Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of judgment.

New American Standard Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.

King James Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

Christian Standard Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.

Contemporary English Version
Many are helped by useful instruction, but fools are killed by their own stupidity.

Good News Translation
A good person's words will benefit many people, but you can kill yourself with stupidity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.

International Standard Version
What the righteous person says nourishes many, but fools die because they lack discerning hearts.

NET Bible
The teaching of the righteous feeds many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.

New Heart English Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many, but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The lips of the righteous multiply compassion and the insane will die in the deficiency of their mind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The lips of a righteous person feed many, but stubborn fools die because they have no sense.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The lips of the righteous feed many; But the foolish die for want of understanding.

New American Standard 1977
The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for lack of wisdom.

American King James Version
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

American Standard Version
The lips of the righteous feed many; But the foolish die for lack of understanding.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The lips of the righteous know sublime truths: but the foolish die in want.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lips of the just teach many: but they that are ignorant, shall die in the want of understanding.

Darby Bible Translation
The lips of a righteous [man] feed many; but fools die for want of understanding.

English Revised Version
The lips of the righteous feed many: but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

World English Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many, but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
The lips of the righteous delight many, And fools for lack of heart die.
Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked has little worth. 21The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of judgment. 22The blessing of the LORD enriches, and He adds no sorrow to it.…
Cross References
Matthew 12:35
The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure.

Proverbs 5:23
He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.

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

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

Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you as My priests. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.

Treasury of Scripture

The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

feed

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

Proverbs 15:4
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Job 4:3,4
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands…

fools

Proverbs 1:29,31
For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: …

Proverbs 5:12,23
And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; …

Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

wisdom

Proverbs 17:16
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?







Lexicon
The lips
שִׂפְתֵ֣י (śip̄·ṯê)
Noun - fdc
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

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

feed
יִרְע֣וּ (yir·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

many,
רַבִּ֑ים (rab·bîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7227: Much, many, great

but fools
וֶֽ֝אֱוִילִ֗ים (we·’ĕ·wî·lîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 191: Foolish

die
יָמֽוּתוּ׃ (yā·mū·ṯū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill

for lack
בַּחֲסַר־ (ba·ḥă·sar-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

of judgment.
לֵ֥ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre
(21) The lips of the righteous feed many--i.e., sustain them by words of counsel, encouragement, and comfort, giving to each one his "meat in due season "(Matthew 24:45).

Fools.--Headstrong, obstinate persons (Proverbs 1:7).

For want of wisdom.--Or it may be translated, "Through one who is destitute of wisdom." As one righteous man will guide many aright, so one unwise man will lead many fools to ruin.

Verse 21. - Feed many. The righteous by wise counsel teach, support, and guide others (Ecclesiastes 12:11; Jeremiah 3:15). So the clergy are the shepherds of their flocks (John 21:15; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2). The LXX. has a different reading, "know high things." Fools die for want of wisdom. Far from "feeding" others, they bring ruin on themselves (Proverbs 5:23). Others translate, "die through one who wanteth understanding;" but if the Hebrew will bear this rendering, it is obvious that fools need no guide to their fall; their fate is a natural result. In this case the meaning must be that the foolish man involves others in destruction. But it is best to translate as the Authorized Version. 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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