Proverbs 21:23
New International Version
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.

New Living Translation
Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.

English Standard Version
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Berean Study Bible
He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress.

New American Standard Bible
He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.

New King James Version
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.

King James Bible
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Christian Standard Bible
The one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Contemporary English Version
Watching what you say can save you a lot of trouble.

Good News Translation
If you want to stay out of trouble, be careful what you say.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

International Standard Version
Whoever watches his mouth and tongue keeps himself from trouble.

NET Bible
The one who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his life from troubles.

New Heart English Bible
Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from trouble.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue Keepeth his soul from troubles.

New American Standard 1977
He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

American King James Version
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

American Standard Version
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue Keepeth his soul from troubles.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from trouble.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soul from distress.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

English Revised Version
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

World English Bible
Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is keeping his mouth and his tongue, Is keeping from adversities his soul.
Study Bible
The King's Heart
22A wise man scales the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust. 23He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress. 24Mocker is the name of the proud and arrogant man—of him who acts with excessive pride.…
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 141:3
Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.

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

Treasury of Scripture

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 10:19
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

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.





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

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

and tongue
וּלְשׁוֹנ֑וֹ (ū·lə·šō·w·nōw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue

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

from distress.
מִצָּר֣וֹת (miṣ·ṣā·rō·wṯ)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6869: Tightness, a female rival
(23) Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue, &c--See above on Proverbs 12:13.

Verse 23. - We have had similar maxims before (Proverbs 13:8 and Proverbs 18:21, where see notes). He keepeth his mouth, who knows when to speak and when to be silent; and he keepeth his tongue, who says only what is to the purpose. We have all heard the proverb, "Speech is silver, silence is gold." One who thus takes heed of his words, keepeth his soul from troubles. The troubles (angores, Vulgate) are such as these - remorse for the evil occasioned, distress of conscience, vexation and strife with offended neighbours, danger of liberty and life, and, above all, the anger of God, and retribution in the judgment.
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