Proverbs 19:3
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English Standard Version
When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.

King James Bible
The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

American Standard Version
The foolishness of man subverteth his way; And his heart fretteth against Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The folly of a man supplanteth his seeps: and he fretteth in his mind against God.

English Revised Version
The foolishness of man subverteth his way; and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

Proverbs 19:3 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue;

     And whoever loveth it shall eat its fruit.

The hand, יד, is so common a metaphor for power, that as here a hand is attributed to the tongue, so e.g., Isaiah 47:14 to the flame, and Psalm 49:16 to Hades. Death and life is the great alternative which is placed, Deuteronomy 30:15, before man. According as he uses his tongue, he falls under the power of death or attains to life. All interpreters attribute, 21b, ואהביה to the tongue: qui eam (linguam) amant vescentur (יאכל, distrib. sing., as Proverbs 3:18, Proverbs 3:35, etc.) fructu ejus. But "to love the tongue" is a strange and obscure expression. He loves the tongue, says Hitzig, who loves to babble. Euchel: he who guards it carefully, or: he who takes care of it, i.e., who applies himself to right discourse. Combining both, Zckler: who uses it much, as εὐλογῶν or κακολογῶν. The lxx translates, οἱ κρατοῦντες αὐτῆς, i.e., אחזיה; but אחז means prehendere and tenere, not cohibere, and the tongue kept in restraint brings forth indeed no bad fruit, but it brings no fruit at all. Why thus? Does the suffix of ואהביה, perhaps like Proverbs 8:17, Chethı̂b, refer to wisdom, which, it is true, is not named, but which lies everywhere before the poet's mind? At Proverbs 14:3 we ventured to make חכמה the subject of 3b. Then 21b would be as a miniature of Proverbs 8:17-21. Or is ואהביה a mutilation of ואהב יהוה: and he who loves Jahve (Psalm 97:10) enjoys its (the tongue's) fruit?

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Genesis 3:6-12 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise...

Genesis 4:5-14 But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell...

Numbers 16:19-41 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation...

Numbers 17:12,13 And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish...

1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly: you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which he commanded you...

1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD...

1 Samuel 22:13 And Saul said to him, Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, in that you have given him bread, and a sword...

1 Kings 20:42,43 And he said to him, Thus said the LORD, Because you have let go out of your hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction...

2 Kings 3:9,10 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days' journey...

2 Kings 6:33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down to him: and he said, Behold, this evil is of the LORD...

2 Chronicles 16:9,10 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth...

Acts 13:45,46 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul...


Psalm 37:1,7 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against the workers of iniquity...

Isaiah 8:21,22 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry...

Revelation 16:9-11 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which has power over these plagues...

Cross References
Proverbs 11:3
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

Isaiah 8:21
They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward.

Isaiah 32:6
For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the LORD, to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied, and to deprive the thirsty of drink.

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