Proverbs 18:4
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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.

Proverbs 18:4 Parallel
Clarke'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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him that has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

Proverbs 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst...

John 7:38,39 He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water...

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs...

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

*the wellspring

Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Two Fortresses
'The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11. The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit'--PROVERBS xviii. 10,11. The mere reading of these two verses shows that, contrary to the usual rule in the Book of Proverbs, they have a bearing on each other. They are intended to suggest a very strong contrast, and that contrast is even more emphatic in the original than in our translation; because, as the margin of your Bibles
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Cause and Cure of a Wounded Spirit
A sermon (2494) intended for reading on Lord's Day, December 6th, 1896, delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington on Thursday Evening, April 16th, 1885. "The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?"--Proverbs 18:14. Every man sooner or later has some kind of infirmity to bear. It may be that his constitution from the very first will be inclined to certain disease and pains, or possibly he may in passing through life suffer from accident
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

"And if Christ be in You, the Body is Dead Because of Sin: but the Spirit is Life Because of Righteousness. "
Rom. viii. 10.--"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin: but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." "The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law," saith our apostle, 1 Cor. xv. 56. These two concur to make man mortal, and these two are the bitter ingredients of death. Sin procured it, and the law appointed it, and God hath seen to the exact execution of that law in all ages; for what man liveth and shall not taste of death? Two only escaped the common
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

The remarkable change which we have noticed in the views of Jewish authorities, from contempt to almost affectation of manual labour, could certainly not have been arbitrary. But as we fail to discover here any religious motive, we can only account for it on the score of altered political and social circumstances. So long as the people were, at least nominally, independent, and in possession of their own land, constant engagement in a trade would probably mark an inferior social stage, and imply
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
Proverbs 10:11
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Proverbs 18:3
When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.

Proverbs 20:5
The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.

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