New International Version
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
King James Bible
The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
Darby Bible Translation
The mouth of a righteous [man] putteth forth wisdom; but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
World English Bible
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
Young's Literal Translation
The mouth of the righteous uttereth wisdom, And the tongue of frowardness is cut out.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The froward tongue shall be cut out - This probably alludes to the punishment of cutting out the tongue for blasphemy, treasonable speeches, profane swearing, or such like. The tunge of schrewis schal perishen. - Old MS. Bible. Were the tongue of every shrew or scold to be extracted, we should soon have much less noise in the world.
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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
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
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