Proverbs 18:4
New International Version
The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.

New Living Translation
Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.

English Standard Version
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Berean Study Bible
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

New American Standard Bible
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

King James Bible
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

Christian Standard Bible
The words of a person's mouth are deep waters, a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.

Contemporary English Version
Words of wisdom are a stream that flows from a deep fountain.

Good News Translation
A person's words can be a source of wisdom, deep as the ocean, fresh as a flowing stream.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.

International Standard Version
The words a man says are as deep waters— a fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream.

NET Bible
The words of a person's mouth are like deep waters, and the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.

New Heart English Bible
The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters and the fount of wisdom is a rushing torrent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The words of a person's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters; A flowing brook, a fountain of wisdom.

New American Standard 1977
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

King James 2000 Bible
The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom like a flowing brook.

American King James Version
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

American Standard Version
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is as a flowing brook.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A word in the heart of a man is a deep water, and a river and fountain of life spring forth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Words from the mouth of a men are as deep water: and the fountain of wisdom as an overflowing stream.

Darby Bible Translation
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, [and] the fountain of wisdom is a gushing brook.

English Revised Version
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom is as a flowing brook.

Webster's Bible Translation
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the well-spring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

World English Bible
The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.

Young's Literal Translation
Deep waters are the words of a man's mouth, The fountain of wisdom is a flowing brook.
Study Bible
The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
3With a wicked man comes contempt as well, and shame is accompanied by disgrace. 4The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. 5Showing partiality to the wicked is not good, nor is depriving the innocent of justice.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:11
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Proverbs 18:3
With a wicked man comes contempt as well, and shame is accompanied by disgrace.

Proverbs 20:5
The intentions of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.

Treasury of Scripture

The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

words

Proverbs 10:11
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 13:14
The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 16:22
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.







Lexicon
The words
דִּבְרֵ֣י (diḇ·rê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

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

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

are deep
עֲ֭מֻקִּים (‘ă·muq·qîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6013: Deep

waters;
מַ֣יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

the fountain
מְק֣וֹר (mə·qō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4726: Something dug, a, source, of happiness, wisdom, progeny)

of wisdom
חָכְמָֽה׃ (ḥāḵ·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom

is a bubbling
נֹ֝בֵ֗עַ (nō·ḇê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5042: To gush forth, to utter, to emit

brook.
נַ֥חַל (na·ḥal)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5158: A stream, a winter torrent, a, valley, a shaft
(4) The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters . . .--i.e., the words of a "man," properly so called, are as deep waters which cannot be easily fathomed; they are a copious stream, which flows from a never failing source; they are a fountain of wisdom which is never exhausted.

Verse 4. - The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters. "Man" (ish) here means the ideal man in all his wisdom and integrity, just as in Proverbs 18:22 the ideal wife is intended under the general term "wife." Such a man's words are as deep waters which cannot be fathomed or exhausted. The metaphor is common (see Proverbs 20:5; Ecclesiastes 7:24; Ecclus. 21:13). For "mouth," the Septuagint reads "heart:" "Deep water is a word in a man's heart." The second hemistich explains the first: The well spring of wisdom as a flowing (gushing) brook. A man's words are now called a well spring of wisdom, gushing forth from its source, the wise and understanding heart, pure, fresh, and inexhaustible. Septuagint, "And it leapeth forth (ἀναπηδύει) a river and a fountain of life." Or we may, with Delitzsch, take the whole as one idea, and consider that a man's words are deep waters, a bubbling brook, and a fountain of wisdom. 18:4. The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom. 5. The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person. 6,7. What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues! 8. How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! 9. Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin. 10,11. The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord. How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world! It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need. They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour. 12. After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. 13. Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame. 14. Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be? 15. We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts. 16. Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls.
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