Proverbs 12:23
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New International Version
The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool's heart blurts out folly.

King James Bible
A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

Darby Bible Translation
A prudent man concealeth knowledge; but the heart of the foolish proclaimeth folly.

World English Bible
A prudent man keeps his knowledge, but the hearts of fools proclaim foolishness.

Young's Literal Translation
A prudent man is concealing knowledge, And the heart of fools proclaimeth folly.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A prudent man concealeth knowledge - "If a fool hold his peace he may pass for a wise man." I have known men of some learning, so intent on immediately informing a company how well cultivated their minds were, that they have passed either for insignificant pedants or stupid asses.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.

Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer reveals secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit conceals the matter.

Proverbs 13:16 Every prudent man deals with knowledge: but a fool lays open his folly.


Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.

Ecclesiastes 10:3,12-14 Yes also, when he that is a fool walks by the way, his wisdom fails him, and he said to every one that he is a fool...

The Many-Sided Contrast of Wisdom and Folly
'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Having Confidence in God when Evil Words are Cast at Us
"My Son, stand fast and believe in Me. For what are words but words? They fly through the air, but they bruise no stone. If thou are guilty, think how thou wouldst gladly amend thyself; if thou knowest nothing against thyself, consider that thou wilt gladly bear this for God's sake. It is little enough that thou sometimes hast to bear hard words, for thou art not yet able to bear hard blows. And wherefore do such trivial matters go to thine heart, except that thou art yet carnal, and regardest
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
Proverbs 10:14
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

Proverbs 11:13
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

Proverbs 13:16
All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.

Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

Proverbs 18:2
Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.

Proverbs 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.

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