Proverbs 18:21
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English Standard Version
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

King James Bible
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

American Standard Version
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: they that love it, shall eat the fruits thereof.

English Revised Version
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit of it.

Proverbs 18:21 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

15 The heart of a man of understanding gaineth knowledge,

     And the ear of the wise seeketh after knowledge.

נבון may be also interpreted as an adj., but we translate it here as at Proverbs 14:33, because thus it corresponds with the parallelism; cf. לב צדּיק, Proverbs 15:28, and לב חכם, Proverbs 16:23, where the adject. interpretation is excluded. The gaining of wisdom is, after Proverbs 17:16, referred to the heart: a heart vigorous in embracing and receiving it is above all necessary, and just such an one possesses the נבון, which knows how to value the worth and usefulness of such knowledge. The wise, who are already in possession of such knowledge, are yet at the same time constantly striving to increase this knowledge: their ear seeks knowledge, eagerly asking where it is to be found, and attentively listening when the opportunity is given of מצא, obtaining it.

Proverbs 18:21 Parallel Commentaries

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Proverbs 18:4-7 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook...

Proverbs 10:20,21,31 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth...

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.

Matthew 12:35-37 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things...

Romans 10:14,15 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard...

2 Corinthians 2:16 To the one we are the smell of death to death; and to the other the smell of life to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

2 Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness...

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying...

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

Titus 1:10,11 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision...

James 3:6-9 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body...

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness...

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Proverbs 10:9 He that walks uprightly walks surely: but he that perverts his ways shall be known.

Ecclesiastes 10:12-14 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself...

Isaiah 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, said the LORD; and I will heal him.

Cross References
Matthew 12:37
for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

Proverbs 10:19
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Proverbs 12:13
An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.

Proverbs 13:2
From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.

Proverbs 13:3
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Proverbs 21:23
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Isaiah 3:10
Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.

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