Proverbs 10:20
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English Standard Version
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.

King James Bible
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

American Standard Version
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver: The heart of the wicked is little worth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: but the heart of the wicked is nothing worth.

English Revised Version
The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

Webster's Bible Translation
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

Proverbs 10:20 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

14 Wise men store up knowledge;

     But the mouth of the fool is threatening destruction.

Ewald, Bertheau, Hitzig, Oetinger: "The mouth of the fool blunders out, and is as the sudden falling in of a house which one cannot escape from." But since מחתּה is a favourite Mishle-word to denote the effect and issue of that which is dangerous and destructive, so the sense is perhaps further to be extended: the mouth of the fool is for himself (Proverbs 13:3) and others a near, i.e., an always threatening and unexpectedly occurring calamity; unexpectedly, because suddenly he blunders out with his inconsiderate shame-bringing talk, so that such a fool's mouth is to every one a praesens periculum. As to יצפּנוּ, it is worthy of remark that in the Beduin, Arab. dfn, fut. i, signifies to be still, to be thoughtful, to be absorbed in oneself (vid., Wetstein on Job, p. 281). According to Codd. and editions, in this correct, וּפי־ is to be written instead of אויל uwpiy; vid., Baer's Torath Emeth, p. 40.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

tongue

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Proverbs 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaks right.

Proverbs 25:11,12 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver...

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things...

the heart

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, said he to you; but his heart is not with you.

Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth...

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake...

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Cross References
Matthew 12:35
The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.

Proverbs 8:19
My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.

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