Proverbs 12:18
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English Standard Version
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

King James Bible
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

American Standard Version
There is that speaketh rashly like the piercings of a sword; But the tongue of the wise is health.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is that promiseth, and is pricked as it were with a sword of conscience: but the tongue of the wise is health.

English Revised Version
There is that speaketh rashly like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Webster's Bible Translation
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

12 The godless lusteth after the spoil of evil-doers;

     But the root of the righteous shoots forth.

This translation is at the same time an explanation, and agrees with Fleischer's "the godless strives by unrighteous gain like the wicked (Proverbs 4:14) to enrich himself, namely, as must be understood from the antithetic members of the parallelism, in vain, without thereby making progress and gaining anything certain. The preterite, as Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 11:8, etc., places the general true proposition as a separate historic principle derived from experience. In 12b יתּן stands elliptically or pregnantly: edet, scil. quod radix edere solet, sobolem stirpis, ramorum, etc., as in the Arab. natan and ânatan are specially used without an obj. of the spontaneousness of an odour." מצוד (from צוּד, to spy, to hunt) is elsewhere the instrument of the hunt (a net), here the object and end of it. If the words had been מצוּדי רעים, then we would explain after מלאכי רעים, Psalm 78:49 (vid., comm. on), and אושׁת רע, Proverbs 6:24; but in the difference of number, רעים will not be the qualitative but the subjective personal genitive: capturam qualem mali captant. Ewald, who understands ריקים, 11b, of good-for-nothing-fellows, interprets רעים here, on the contrary, as neuter (172b): the desire of the wicked is an evil net, i.e., wherein he catches all manner of evil for himself. The lxx has here two proverbs, in which מצוד occurs in the plur. and in the sense of ὀχυρώματα; 12b of the Hebr. text is rendered: αἱ δὲ ῥίζαι τῶν εὐσεβῶν ἐν ὀχρυώμασι, which Schleusner explains immotae erunt. The Hebr. text can gain nothing from this variation. That the lxx read ושׁרשׁ צדיקים איתן is not probable, since they nowhere thus translate איתן. But Reiske and Ziegler have, like Ewald and Hitzig, combined יתּן of this proverb with יתן from איתן (Arab. wâtin), firmum, perennem esse. Hitzig translates the distich, after emending the text of 12a by the help of the lxx and the Arab.: the refuge of the wicked is crumbling clay, but the root of the righteous endures (יתן from יתן). Bttcher also reads חמר instead of חמד, and translates (vid., p. 192, l. 11): the refuge of the wicked is miry clay, but the root of the righteous holdeth fast (יתן equals Arab. wâtin). But this derivation of a verb יתן is not necessary. The Graec. Venet. rightly, ῥίζα δὲ δικαίων δώσει. The obj. is self-evident. Rashi reads מה שהוא ראוי ליתן והוא הפרי. So also Schultens. The root giveth, is equivalent to, it is productive in bringing forth that which lies in its nature. That the root of the righteous endures (Targ. נתקיּם) is otherwise expressed, Proverbs 12:3.

Proverbs 12:18 Parallel Commentaries

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that

Proverbs 25:18 A man that bears false witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

Psalm 52:2 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows...

Psalm 59:7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, does hear?

Psalm 64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

James 3:6-8 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body...

like

Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword...

but

Proverbs 10:20,21 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth...

Proverbs 13:17 A wicked messenger falls into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish does not so.

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Daniel 11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity...

Revelation 22:2 In the middle of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bore twelve manner of fruits...

Cross References
Psalm 57:4
My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts-- the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.

Psalm 59:7
There they are, bellowing with their mouths with swords in their lips-- for "Who," they think, "will hear us?"

Proverbs 4:22
For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

Proverbs 12:17
Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.

Proverbs 15:4
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 25:18
A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.

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