New International Version
The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense.
King James Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
Darby Bible Translation
The lips of a righteous [man] feed many; but fools die for want of understanding.
World English Bible
The lips of the righteous feed many, but the foolish die for lack of understanding.
Young's Literal Translation
The lips of the righteous delight many, And fools for lack of heart die.
Proverbs 10:21 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The heart of the wicked is little worth - כמעט kimat, is like little or nothing; or is like dross, while the tongue of the just is like silver. A sinner's heart is worth nothing, and is good for nothing; and yet because it is his most hidden part, he vaunts of its honesty, goodness, etc.! Yes, yes; it is very honest and good, only the devil is in it! that is all.
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LibraryThe 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.
How the Simple and the Crafty are to be Admonished.
Letter xv (Circa A. D. 1129) to Alvisus, Abbot of Anchin
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.
But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
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