Proverbs 18:7
New International Version
The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.

New Living Translation
The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips.

English Standard Version
A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Berean Study Bible
A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

New American Standard Bible
A fool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

New King James Version
A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

King James Bible
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

Christian Standard Bible
A fool's mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life.

Contemporary English Version
Saying foolish things is like setting a trap to destroy yourself.

Good News Translation
When a fool speaks, he is ruining himself; he gets caught in the trap of his own words.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A fool's mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life.

International Standard Version
A fool's mouth is his unraveling, and his lips entrap himself.

NET Bible
The mouth of a fool is his ruin, and his lips are a snare for his life.

New Heart English Bible
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The mouth of the fool is ruin to his soul, and by his lips his soul is caught.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A fool's mouth is his ruin. His lips are a trap to his soul.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A fool's mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

New American Standard 1977
A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

King James 2000 Bible
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

American King James Version
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

American Standard Version
A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A fool's mouth is ruin to him, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The mouth of a fool is his destruction: and his lips are the ruin of his soul.

Darby Bible Translation
A fool's mouth is destruction to him, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

English Revised Version
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

World English Bible
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

Young's Literal Translation
The mouth of a fool is ruin to him, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
Study Bible
The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
6A fool’s lips bring him strife, and his mouth invites a beating. 7A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul. 8A gossip’s words are like choice morsels; they sink into the inmost being.…
Cross References
Psalm 64:8
They will be made to stumble, their own tongues turned against them. All who see will shake their heads.

Psalm 140:9
May the heads of those who surround me be covered in the trouble their lips have caused.

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

Proverbs 12:13
An evil man is trapped by his rebellious speech, but a righteous man escapes from trouble.

Proverbs 13:3
He who guards his mouth protects his life, but the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.

Proverbs 18:8
A gossip's words are like choice morsels, and they sink into the inmost being.

Ecclesiastes 10:12
The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him.

Treasury of Scripture

A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

his destruction

Proverbs 10:8,14
The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall…

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

Proverbs 13:3
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

his lips

Proverbs 6:2
Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.

Judges 11:35
And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low, and thou art one of them that trouble me: for I have opened my mouth unto the LORD, and I cannot go back.

1 Samuel 14:24
And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.









Lexicon
A fool’s
כְ֭סִיל (ḵə·sîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

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

is his ruin,
מְחִתָּה־ (mə·ḥit·tāh-)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4288: A dissolution, a ruin, consternation

and his lips
וּ֝שְׂפָתָ֗יו (ū·śə·p̄ā·ṯāw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

[are] a snare
מוֹקֵ֥שׁ (mō·w·qêš)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4170: A bait or lure, a snare

to his soul.
נַפְשֽׁוֹ׃ (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
(7) A fool's mouth is his destruction.--See above on Proverbs 12:13.

Verse 7. - The results of the fool's disposition and actions are further noted. A fool's mouth is his destruction (comp. Proverbs 10:15; Proverbs 13:9; Ecclesiastes 10:12). A mediaeval adage pronounces, "Ex lingua stulta veniunt incommoda multa." His lips are the snare of his soul; bring his life into danger (see on Proverbs 12:13; comp. Proverbs 13:14; Proverbs 14:27; Proverbs 17:28). So St. Luke (Luke 21:35) speaks of the last day, coming upon men like "a snare (παγίς)," the word used by the Septuagint in this passage.
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