Proverbs 10:31
New International Version
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.

New Living Translation
The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.

English Standard Version
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

Berean Study Bible
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.

King James Bible
The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

New King James Version
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the perverse tongue will be cut out.

New American Standard Bible
The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

NASB 1995
The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

NASB 1977
The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

Amplified Bible
The mouth of the righteous flows with [skillful and godly] wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

Christian Standard Bible
The mouth of the righteous produces wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The mouth of the righteous produces wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.

American Standard Version
The mouth of the righteous bringeth forth wisdom; But the perverse tongue shall be cut off.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom and a perverted tongue will be cut out.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The mouth of the righteous drops wisdom: but the tongue of the unjust shall perish.

Contemporary English Version
Honest people speak sensibly, but deceitful liars will be silenced.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The mouth of the just shall bring forth wisdom: the tongue of the perverse shall perish.

English Revised Version
The mouth of the righteous bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut off.

Good News Translation
Righteous people speak wisdom, but the tongue that speaks evil will be stopped.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The mouth of a righteous person increases wisdom, but a devious tongue will be cut off.

International Standard Version
The words of the righteous overflow with wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The mouth of the righteous buddeth with wisdom; But the froward tongue shall be cut off.

Literal Standard Version
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And the tongue of contrariness is cut out.

NET Bible
The speech of the righteous bears the fruit of wisdom, but the one who speaks perversion will be destroyed.

New Heart English Bible
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

World English Bible
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

Young's Literal Translation
The mouth of the righteous uttereth wisdom, And the tongue of frowardness is cut out.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
30The righteous will never be shaken, but the wicked will not inhabit the land. 31The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out. 32The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.…

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

Proverbs 10:13
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.

Proverbs 17:20
The one with a perverse heart finds no good, and he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.

Proverbs 31:26
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.


Treasury of Scripture

The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom: but the fraudulent tongue shall be cut out.

mouth

Proverbs 10:11,13,20,21
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked…

Psalm 37:30
The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

the froward

Psalm 31:18
Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Psalm 63:11
But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

Psalm 120:3,4
What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? …









(31) Bringeth forth wisdom.--As the fields their "increase" (Deuteronomy 32:13); hence words are termed the "fruit of the lips" (Isaiah 57:19).

The froward tongue.--See above on Proverbs 2:12.

Shall be cut out.--Comp. Christ's warning (Matthew 12:36). Sins of the tongue will be severely judged, because, besides doing mischief to others, they are signs of an evil mind within (Matthew 5:34). . . .

Verse 31. - Bringeth forth; as a tree produces fruit, and the fields yield their increase. The metaphor is common. Thus Isaiah (Isaiah 57:19) speaks of "the fruit of the lips" (comp. Hebrews 13:15 and Psalm 37:30, which latter passage occurs in the same connection as the present). The Septuagint renders, "distilleth wisdom." So Song of Solomon 5:13, "His lips are like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh." The froward tongue (Proverbs 2:12, 14: 8:13, which speaks only what is perverse and evil). Shall be cut out; like a corrupt tree that cumbers the ground (Matthew 3:10; Luke 13:7). The abuse of God's great gift of speech shall be severely punished. "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Matthew 12:36, 37).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

brings forth
יָנ֣וּב (yā·nūḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5107: To germinate, to, flourish, to utter

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

but a perverse
תַּ֝הְפֻּכ֗וֹת (tah·pu·ḵō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 8419: Perversity, perverse thing

tongue
וּלְשׁ֥וֹן (ū·lə·šō·wn)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 3956: The tongue

will be cut out.
תִּכָּרֵֽת׃ (tik·kā·rêṯ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 3772: To cut, to destroy, consume, to covenant


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