Proverbs 18:20
New International Version
From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.

New Living Translation
Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.

English Standard Version
From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.

Berean Study Bible
From the fruit of his mouth a man’s belly is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.

King James Bible
A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

New King James Version
A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.

New American Standard Bible
With the fruit of a person’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.

NASB 1995
With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.

NASB 1977
With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.

Amplified Bible
A man’s stomach will be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; He will be satisfied with the consequence of his words.

Christian Standard Bible
From the fruit of a person’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is filled with the product of his lips.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is satisfied; he is filled with the product of his lips.

American Standard Version
A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; With the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A man's belly will be filled with the fruit of his mouth, and by the produce of his lips he will be satisfied.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A man fills his belly with the fruits of his mouth; and he shall be satisfied with the fruits of his lips.

Contemporary English Version
Make your words good--you will be glad you did.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Of the fruit of a man's mouth shall his belly be satisfied: and the offspring of his lips shall fill him.

English Revised Version
A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; with the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied.

Good News Translation
You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person's speaking ability provides for his stomach. His talking provides him a living.

International Standard Version
The positive words that a man speaks fill his stomach; he will be satisfied with what his lips produce.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; With the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied.

Literal Standard Version
From the fruit of a man’s mouth is his belly satisfied, [From the] increase of his lips he is satisfied.

NET Bible
From the fruit of a person's mouth his stomach is satisfied, with the product of his lips is he satisfied.

New Heart English Bible
A man's stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.

World English Bible
A man's stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.

Young's Literal Translation
From the fruit of a man's mouth is his belly satisfied, From the increase of his lips he is satisfied.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
19An offended brother is harder to win than a fortified city, and disputes are like the bars of a castle. 20From the fruit of his mouth a man’s belly is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. 21Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.…

Cross References
Proverbs 12:14
By fruitful speech a man is filled with good things, and the work of his hands returns to him.

Proverbs 14:14
The backslider in heart receives the fill of his own ways, but a good man is rewarded for his ways.

Proverbs 18:19
An offended brother is harder to win than a fortified city, and disputes are like the bars of a castle.


Treasury of Scripture

A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

Proverbs 12:13,14
The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble…

Proverbs 13:2
A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

Proverbs 22:18,21
For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips…









(20) A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth.--See above on Proverbs 12:14.

Verse 20. - With the first clause, comp, Proverbs 12:14, and with the second, Proverbs 13:2. A man's belly; i.e. himself, his mind and body, equivalent to shall he be filled, or satisfied, in the second clause. A man must accept the consequences of his words, good or evil. The next verse explains this.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
From the fruit
מִפְּרִ֣י (mip·pə·rî)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6529: Fruit

of his mouth
פִי־ (p̄î-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

a man’s
אִ֭ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

belly
בִּטְנ֑וֹ (biṭ·nōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 990: The belly, the womb, the bosom, body of anything

is filled;
תִּשְׂבַּ֣ע (tiś·ba‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 7646: To be sated, satisfied or surfeited

with the harvest
תְּבוּאַ֖ת (tə·ḇū·’aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 8393: Product, revenue

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

he is satisfied.
יִשְׂבָּֽע׃ (yiś·bā‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7646: To be sated, satisfied or surfeited


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