Proverbs 10:13
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New International Version
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.

King James Bible
In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Darby Bible Translation
In the lips of an intelligent [man] wisdom is found; but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

World English Bible
Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has discernment, but a rod is for the back of him who is void of understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
In the lips of the intelligent is wisdom found, And a rod is for the back of him who is lacking understanding.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A rod is for the back of him - He that can learn, and will not learn, should be made to learn. The rod is a most powerful instrument of knowledge. Judiciously applied, there is a lesson of profound wisdom in every twig.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the lips

Proverbs 10:11,21 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked...

Proverbs 15:7,23 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish does not so...

Proverbs 20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.

Exodus 10:12 And the LORD said to Moses, Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up on the land of Egypt...

Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary...

Luke 4:22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

a rod

Proverbs 10:10 He that winks with the eye causes sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

Proverbs 7:22 He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

Proverbs 17:10 A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.

Proverbs 27:22 Though you should bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Psalm 32:9 Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle...

understanding

Proverbs 6:32 But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he that does it destroys his own soul.

Library
The Two-Fold Aspect of the Divine Working
'The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.'--PROVERBS x. 29. You observe that the words 'shall be,' in the last clause, are a supplement. They are quite unnecessary, and in fact they rather hinder the sense. They destroy the completeness of the antithesis between the two halves of the verse. If you leave them out, and suppose that the 'way of the Lord' is what is spoken of in both clauses, you get a far deeper and fuller meaning. 'The way
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Sanctions of Moral Law, Natural and Governmental.
In the discussion of this subject, I shall show-- I. What constitute the sanctions of law. 1. The sanctions of law are the motives to obedience, the natural and the governmental consequences or results of obedience and of disobedience. 2. They are remuneratory, that is, they promise reward to obedience. 3. They are vindicatory, that is, they threaten the disobedient with punishment. 4. They are natural, that is, happiness is to some extent naturally connected with, and the necessary consequence of,
Charles Grandison Finney—Systematic Theology

How the Simple and the Crafty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 12.) Differently to be admonished are the simple and the insincere. The simple are to be praised for studying never to say what is false, but to be admonished to know how sometimes to be silent about what is true. For, as falsehood has always harmed him that speaks it, so sometimes the hearing of truth has done harm to some. Wherefore the Lord before His disciples, tempering His speech with silence, says, I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now (Joh. xvi. 12).
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Letter xv (Circa A. D. 1129) to Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin
To Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin He praises the fatherly gentleness of Alvisus towards Godwin. He excuses himself, and asks pardon for having admitted him. To Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin. [18] 1. May God render to you the same mercy which you have shown towards your holy son Godwin. I know that at the news of his death you showed yourself unmindful of old complaints, and remembering only your friendship for him, behaved with kindness, not resentment, and putting aside the character of judge, showed yourself
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

Cross References
Psalm 37:30
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.

Proverbs 6:32
But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.

Proverbs 10:31
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.

Proverbs 19:29
Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.

Proverbs 26:3
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

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