Proverbs 13:3
New International Version
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

New Living Translation
Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.

English Standard Version
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Berean Study Bible
He who guards his mouth protects his life, but the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.

New American Standard Bible
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

New King James Version
He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

King James Bible
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.

Contemporary English Version
Keep what you know to yourself, and you will be safe; talk too much, and you are done for.

Good News Translation
Be careful what you say and protect your life. A careless talker destroys himself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.

International Standard Version
Anyone who guards his words protects his life; anyone who talks too much is ruined.

NET Bible
The one who guards his words guards his life, but whoever is talkative will come to ruin.

New Heart English Bible
He who guards his mouth guards his soul. One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that keeps his mouth takes care of his soul, and he that opens his lips works shipwreck to his soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever controls his mouth protects his own life. Whoever has a big mouth comes to ruin.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life; But for him that openeth wide his lips there shall be ruin.

New American Standard 1977
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens his lips often shall have calamity.

King James 2000 Bible
He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

American King James Version
He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

American Standard Version
He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life; But he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that keeps his own mouth keeps his own life: but he that is hasty with his lips shall bring terror upon himself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his soul: but he that hath no guard on his speech shall meet with evils.

Darby Bible Translation
He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his soul; destruction shall be to him that openeth wide his lips.

English Revised Version
He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

World English Bible
He who guards his mouth guards his soul. One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is keeping his mouth, is keeping his soul, Whoso is opening wide his lips -- ruin to him!
Study Bible
A Father's Discipline
2From the fruit of his lips a man will enjoy good things, but the desire of the faithless is violence. 3He who guards his mouth protects his life, but the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin. 4The slacker craves yet has nothing, but the soul of the diligent is fully satisfied.…
Cross References
James 3:2
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to control his whole body.

Psalm 34:13
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech.

Psalm 141:3
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.

Proverbs 10:14
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of the fool invites destruction.

Proverbs 13:4
The slacker craves, yet gets nothing, but the soul of the diligent is fully satisfied.

Proverbs 18:7
A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Proverbs 18:21
Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 20:19
He who reveals secrets is a constant gossip; avoid the one who babbles with his lips.

Proverbs 21:23
He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress.

Treasury of Scripture

He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

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Proverbs 12:13
The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

Proverbs 21:23
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Psalm 39:1
To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.







Lexicon
He who guards
נֹצֵ֣ר (nō·ṣêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5341: To watch, guard, keep

his mouth
פִּ֭יו (pîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

protects
שֹׁמֵ֣ר (šō·mêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

his life,
נַפְשׁ֑וֹ (nap̄·šōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

[but] the one who opens
פֹּשֵׂ֥ק (pō·śêq)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6589: To dispart, become licentious

his lips
שְׂ֝פָתָ֗יו (p̄ā·ṯāw)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

invites his own ruin.
מְחִתָּה־ (mə·ḥit·tāh-)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4288: A dissolution, a ruin, consternation
(3) He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life.--Comp. above, on Proverbs 4:23; Proverbs 12:13.

Verse 3. - He that keepeth (guardeth) his mouth keepeth his life (Proverbs 18:21; Proverbs 21:23; comp. Psalm 39:1; James 1:26). Thus the gnome -

Ἡ γλῶσσα πολλοὺς εἰς ὄλεθρον ἤγαγεν.

"The tongue hath many to destruction led." And Ecclus. 28:25, "Weigh thy words in a balance, and make a door and bar for thy mouth. Beware thou slide not by it, lest thou fall before him that lieth in wait." But he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction (Proverbs 10:14). The Vulgate paraphrases, "He who is inconsiderate in speech shall experience evils;" Septuagint, "will terrify himself" - will occasion to himself many terrible alarms and inflictions. Hence the psalmist prays, "Set a watch, O Lord, before my month; keep the door of my lips." So we have in the Danish, "A silent man's words are not brought into court;" and in the Spanish, "Let not the tongue say what the head shall pay for;" while the Italians tell us, "The sheep that bleats is strangled by the wolf:" and "Silence was never written down" (Kelly). (See on Proverbs 18:6; 20:19.) 13:1 There is great hope of those that reverence their parents. There is little hope of any who will not hear those that deal faithfully with them. 2. By our words we must be justified or condemned, Mt 12:37. 3. He that thinks before he speaks, that suppresses evil if he have thought it, keeps his soul from a great deal both of guilt and grief. Many a one is ruined by an ungoverned tongue. 4. The slothful desire the gains the diligent get, but hate the pains the diligent take; therefore they have nothing. This is especially true as to the soul. 5. Where sin reigns, the man is loathsome. If his conscience were awake, he would abhor himself, and repent in dust and ashes.
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