New International Version
The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
King James Bible
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
Darby Bible Translation
The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, [and] the fountain of wisdom is a gushing brook.
World English Bible
The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.
Young's Literal Translation
Deep waters are the words of a man's mouth, The fountain of wisdom is a flowing brook.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The words of a man's mouth - That is, the wise sayings of a wise man are like deep waters; howsoever much you pump or draw off, you do not appear to lessen them.
The well-spring of wisdom - Where there is a sound understanding, and a deep, well-informed mind, its wisdom and its counsels are an incessant stream, מקור חכמה mekor chochmah, "the vein of wisdom," ever throwing out its healthy streams: but מקור חיים mekor chaiyim, "the vein of Lives," is the reading of eight of Kennicott's and De Rossi's MSS., and is countenanced by the Septuagint, πηγη ζωης, "the fountain of life." And so the Arabic. This is the more likely to be the true reading, because the figure of the heart propelling the blood through the great aorta, to send it to all parts of the animal system, is a favourite with Solomon, as it was with his father, David. See the note on Psalm 36:9; Proverbs 10:11, etc.
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The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.
The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.
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