New American Standard Bible
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
King James Bible
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
Darby Bible Translation
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, and the fountain of wisdom is a gushing brook.
World English Bible
The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.
Young's Literal Translation
Deep waters are the words of a man's mouth, The fountain of wisdom is a flowing brook.
Proverbs 18:4 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The parallelism of the two clauses is probably one of contrast. If so, the proverb is a comparison between all teaching from without and that of the light within. "The words of a man's mouth" are dark as the "deep waters" of a pool, or tank ("deep waters" being associated in the Old Testament with the thought of darkness and mystery; compare Proverbs 20:5; Psalm 69:2; Ecclesiastes 7:24); but "the wellspring of wisdom is as a flowing brook," bright and clear. The verse presents a contrast like that of Jeremiah 2:13.
LibraryPride and Humility
A sermon (No. 97) delivered on Sabbath Morning, August 17, 1856 by C. H. Spurgeon. "Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility."--Proverbs 18:12. Almost every event has its prophetic prelude. It is an old and common saying that "coming events cast their shadows before them;" the wise man teaches us the same lesson in the verse before us. When destruction walks through the land it casts its shadow; it is in the shape of pride. When honor visits a man's house it casts …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
Pride and Humility
Of the Character of the Unregenerate.
"Boast not Thyself of To-Morrow, for Thou Knowest not what a Day May Bring Forth. "
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, And with dishonor comes scorn.
A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.
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