Proverbs 18:7
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English Standard Version
A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

King James Bible
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

American Standard Version
A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The mouth of a fool is his destruction: and his lips are the ruin of his soul.

English Revised Version
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

Webster's Bible Translation
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

Proverbs 18:7 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This series of proverbs now turns from the fool to the separatist:

The separatist seeketh after his own pleasure;

Against all that is beneficial he showeth his teeth.

The reflexive נפרד has here the same meaning as the Rabbinical פּרשׁ מן־הצּבּוּר, to separate oneself from the congregation, Aboth ii. 5; נפרד denotes a man who separates himself, for he follows his own counsel, Arab. mnfrd (mtfrrd) brâyh, or jḥys almḥḥl (seorsum ab aliis secedens). Instead of לתּאוה, Hitzig, after Jerome, adopts the emendation לתאנה, "after an occasion" (a pretext), and by נפרד thinks of one pushed aside, who, thrown into opposition, seeks to avenge himself. But his translation of 1b, "against all that is fortunate he gnasheth his teeth," shows how much the proverb is opposed to this interpretation. נפרד denotes one who willingly (Judges 4:11), and, indeed, obstinately withdraws himself. The construction of יבקּשׁ with ל (also Job 10:6) is explained by this, that the poet, giving prominence to the object, would set it forward: a pleasure (תאוה, as Arab. hawan, unstable and causeless direction of the mind to something, pleasure, freak, caprice), and nothing else, he goes after who has separated himself (Fl.); the effort of the separatist goes out after a pleasure, i.e., the enjoyment and realization of such; instead of seeking to conform himself to the law and ordinance of the community, he seeks to carry out a separate view, and to accomplish some darling plan: libidinem sectatur sui cerebri homo. With this 1b accords. תּוּשׁיּה (vid., at Proverbs 2:7) is concretely that which furthers and profits. Regarding התגּלּע, vid., at Proverbs 17:14. Thus putting his subjectivity in the room of the common weal, he shows his teeth, places himself in fanatical opposition against all that is useful and profitable in the principles and aims, the praxis of the community from which he separates himself. The figure is true to nature: the polemic of the schismatic and the sectary against the existing state of things, is for the most part measureless and hostile.

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his destruction

Proverbs 10:8,14 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall...

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 keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

Ecclesiastes 10:11-14 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better...

his lips

Proverbs 6:2 You are snared with the words of your mouth, you are taken with the words of your mouth.

Judges 11:35 And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he rent his clothes, and said, Alas, my daughter! you have brought me very low...

1 Samuel 14:24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying...

Mark 5:23-28 And sought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lies at the point of death: I pray you, come and lay your hands on her...

Acts 23:14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse...

Cross References
Psalm 64:8
They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them; all who see them will wag their heads.

Psalm 140:9
As for the head of those who surround me, let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!

Proverbs 10:14
The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.

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

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

Proverbs 18:8
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.

Ecclesiastes 10:12
The words of a wise man's mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

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