New International Version
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
King James Bible
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Darby Bible Translation
He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his soul; destruction shall be to him that openeth wide his lips.
World English Bible
He who guards his mouth guards his soul. One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is keeping his mouth, is keeping his soul, Whoso is opening wide his lips -- ruin to him!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life - How often have the foolish, headstrong, and wicked, forfeited their lives by the treasonable or blasphemous words they have spoken! The government of the tongue is a rare but useful talent.
But he that openeth wide his lips - He that puts no bounds to his loquacity, speaks on every subject, and gives his judgment and opinion on every matter. It has often been remarked that God has, given us two Eyes, that we may See much; two Ears, that we may Hear much; but has given us but One tongue, and that fenced in with teeth, to indicate that though we hear and see much, we should speak but little.
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We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
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