Proverbs 14:3
New International Version
A fool's mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.

New Living Translation
A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe.

English Standard Version
By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

Berean Study Bible
The proud speech of a fool brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.

New American Standard Bible
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise will protect them.

New King James Version
In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.

King James Bible
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Christian Standard Bible
The proud speech of a fool brings a rod of discipline, but the lips of the wise protect them.

Contemporary English Version
Proud fools are punished for their stupid talk, but sensible talk can save your life.

Good News Translation
Proud fools talk too much; the words of the wise protect them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The proud speech of a fool brings a rod of discipline, but the lips of the wise protect them.

International Standard Version
What a fool says brings a rod to his back, but the words of the wise protect them.

NET Bible
In the speech of a fool is a rod for his back, but the words of the wise protect them.

New Heart English Bible
The fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Provocation and disgrace are in the mouth of the fool, and the lips of the wise will preserve them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because of a stubborn fool's words a whip is lifted against him, but wise people are protected by their speech.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride; But the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

New American Standard 1977
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.

King James 2000 Bible
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

American King James Version
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

American Standard Version
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his pride; But the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Out of the mouth of fools comes a rod of pride; but the lips of the wise preserve them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the mouth of a fool is the rod of pride: but the lips of the wise preserve them.

Darby Bible Translation
In the fool's mouth is a rod of pride; but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

English Revised Version
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Webster's Bible Translation
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

World English Bible
The fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.

Young's Literal Translation
In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, And the lips of the wise preserve them.
Study Bible
The Wise Woman
2He who walks in uprightness fears the LORD, but the one who is devious in his ways despises Him. 3The proud speech of a fool brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them. 4Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but an abundant harvest comes through the strength of the ox.…
Cross References
Proverbs 12:6
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.

Proverbs 14:4
Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but an abundant harvest comes through the strength of the ox.

Treasury of Scripture

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

the mouth

Proverbs 18:6
A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

Proverbs 21:24
Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

Proverbs 22:8
He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

but

Proverbs 12:6
The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

Romans 10:9,10
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…

Revelation 3:10
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.





Lexicon
The proud
גַּאֲוָ֑ה (ga·’ă·wāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1346: Arrogance, majesty, ornament

speech
בְּֽפִי־ (bə·p̄î-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

of a fool
אֱ֭וִיל (’ĕ·wîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 191: Foolish

brings a rod to his back,
חֹ֣טֶר (ḥō·ṭer)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2415: Branch or twig, a rod

but the lips
וְשִׂפְתֵ֥י (wə·śip̄·ṯê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - fdc
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

of the wise
חֲ֝כָמִ֗ים (ḥă·ḵā·mîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

protect them.
תִּשְׁמוּרֵֽם׃ (tiš·mū·rêm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to
(3) In the mouth of the foolish (self-willed) is a rod of pride.--He has to smart for his ill-judged sayings; or, he punishes others with them. But this does not agree so well with what follows.

But the lips of the wise shall preserve them (the wise) from the difficulties into which the foolish come by their rash talk.

Verse 3. - In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride. חֹטֶר (choter), "rod," or "shoot," is found also in Isaiah 11:1. From the mouth of the arrogant fool proceeds a growth of vaunting and conceit, accompanied with insolence towards others, for which he is often chastised. So the tongue is compared to a sword (e.g. Psalm 57:4; Psalm 64:3; Jeremiah 18:18; Revelation 1:16. St. Gregory ('Mor. in Job.,' 24) applies this sentence to haughty preachers, who are anxious to appear superior to other people, and study more to chide and reprove than to encourage; "they know how to smite sharply, but not to sympathize with humility." Septuagint, "From the mouth of fools cometh a staff of insolence." The lips of the wise shall preserve them - the wise (Proverbs 13:3). These do not abuse speech to insult and injure others; and their words tend to conciliate others, and promote peace and good will (comp. Proverbs 12:6, 18).
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