Ecclesiastes 10:12
Good News Translation
What the wise say brings them honor, but fools are destroyed by their own words.

Contemporary English Version
If you talk sensibly, you will have friends; if you talk foolishly, you will destroy yourself.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The words of the mouth of a wise man are grace: but the lips of a fool shall throw him down headlong.

New American Bible
Words from the mouth of the wise win favor, but the lips of fools consume them.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The words of the mouth of a wise man are grace: but the lips of a fool shall throw him down headlong.

words

Job 4:3,4 Behold thou hast taught many, and thou hast strengthened the weary hands: . . .

Job 16:5 I would comfort you also with words, and would wag my head over you.

Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom: and his tongue shall speak judgment.

Psalm 40:9,10 I have declared thy justice in a great church, lo, I will not restrain my lips: O Lord, thou knowest it. . . .

Psalm 71:15-18 My mouth shall shew forth thy justice; thy salvation all the day long. Because I have not known learning, . . .

Proverbs 10:13,20,21,31,32 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the fool is next to confusion. . . .

Proverbs 12:13,14,18 For the sins of the lips ruin draweth nigh to the evil man: but the just shall escape out of distress. . . .

Proverbs 15:2,23 The tongue of the wise adorneth knowledge: but the mouth of fools bubbleth out folly. . . .

Proverbs 16:21-24 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and he that is sweet in words, shall attain to greater things. . . .

Proverbs 22:17,18 Incline thy ear, and hear the words of the wise: and apply thy heart to my doctrine: . . .

Proverbs 25:11,12 To speak a word in due time, is like apples of gold on beds of silver. . . .

Proverbs 31:26 She hath opened her mouth to wisdom, and the law of clemency is on her tongue.

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of a good treasure bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of an evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

Luke 4:22 And all gave testimony to him. And they wondered at the words of grace that proceeded from his mouth. And they said: Is not this the son of Joseph?

Ephesians 4:29 Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth: but that which is good, to the edification of faith: that it may administer grace to the hearers.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always in grace seasoned with salt: that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

gracious

2 Samuel 1:16 And David said to him: Thy blood be upon thy own head: for thy own mouth hath spoken against thee, saying: I have slain the Lord's anointed.

1 Kings 20:40-42 And whilst I, in the hurry, turned this way and that, on a sudden he was not to be seen. And the king of Israel said to him: This is thy judgment, which thyself hast decreed. . . .

Psalm 64:8 And their tongues against them are made weak. All that saw them were troubled;

Psalm 140:9 The head of them compassing me about: the labour of their lips shall overwhelm them.

Proverbs 10:8,10,14 He that walketh sincerely, walketh confidently: but he that perverteth his ways, shall be manifest. . . .

Proverbs 18:6-8 The lips of a fool intermeddle with strife: and his mouth provoketh quarrels. . . .

Proverbs 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished: and he that speaketh lies, shall not escape.

Proverbs 26:9 As if a thorn should grow in the hand of a drunkard: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Luke 19:22 He saith to him: Out of thy own mouth I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down and reaping that which I did not sow.

Context
Wisdom and Folly
11If a serpent bite in silence, he is nothing better that backbiteth secretly. 12The words of the mouth of a wise man are grace: but the lips of a fool shall throw him down headlong.13The beginning of his words is folly, and the end of his talk is a mischievous error.…
Cross References
Luke 4:22
And all gave testimony to him. And they wondered at the words of grace that proceeded from his mouth. And they said: Is not this the son of Joseph?

Ephesians 4:29
Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth: but that which is good, to the edification of faith: that it may administer grace to the hearers.

Proverbs 10:14
The substance of a rich man is the city of his strength: the fear of the poor is their poverty.

Proverbs 10:32
A deceitful balance is an abomination before the Lord: and a just weight is his will.

Proverbs 18:7
The mouth of a fool is his destruction: and his lips are the ruin of his soul.

Proverbs 22:11
He that loveth cleanness of heart, for the grace of his lips shall have the king for his friend.

Ecclesiastes 4:5
The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh, saying:

Ecclesiastes 9:17
The words of the wise are heard in silence, more than the cry of a prince among fools.

Ecclesiastes 12:11
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails deeply fastened in, which by the counsel of masters are given from one shepherd.

Additional Translations
The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him.The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

The words of a wise mouth are gracious: but the lips of a fool will swallow him up.

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool swallow up himself.

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but a fool is swallowed by his own lips.

Words of the mouth of the wise are gracious, And the lips of a fool swallow him up.
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