Proverbs 10:19
New International Version
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

New Living Translation
Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.

English Standard Version
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Berean Study Bible
When words are many, sin is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.

New American Standard Bible
When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

New King James Version
In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

King James Bible
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

Christian Standard Bible
When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is prudent.

Contemporary English Version
You will say the wrong thing if you talk too much--so be sensible and watch what you say.

Good News Translation
The more you talk, the more likely you are to sin. If you are wise, you will keep quiet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is wise.

International Standard Version
Transgression is at work where people talk too much, but anyone who holds his tongue is prudent.

NET Bible
When words abound, transgression is inevitable, but the one who restrains his words is wise.

New Heart English Bible
In the multitude of words there is no lack of disobedience, but he who restrains his lips does wisely.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In the multitude of words the evil one is not saved and he who restrains his lips is intelligent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sin is unavoidable when there is much talk, but whoever seals his lips is wise.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression; But he that refraineth his lips is wise.

New American Standard 1977
When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the multitude of words there is no lack of rebellion, but he that refrains his lips is wise.

King James 2000 Bible
In the multitude of words there lacks not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.

American King James Version
In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.

American Standard Version
In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression; But he that refraineth his lips doeth wisely.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
By a multitude of words thou shalt not escape sin; but if thou refrain thy lips thou wilt be prudent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the multitude of words there shall not want sin: but he that refraineth his lips is most wise.

Darby Bible Translation
In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression; but he that restraineth his lips doeth wisely.

English Revised Version
In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression: but he that refraineth his lips doeth wisely.

Webster's Bible Translation
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that restraineth his lips is wise.

World English Bible
In the multitude of words there is no lack of disobedience, but he who restrains his lips does wisely.

Young's Literal Translation
In the abundance of words transgression ceaseth not, And whoso is restraining his lips is wise.
Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
18The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool. 19When words are many, sin is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise. 20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked has little worth.…
Cross References
James 1:19
My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,

James 3:2
We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to control his whole body.

Job 11:2
"Should this stream of words go unanswered and such a speaker be vindicated?

Proverbs 17:27
A man of knowledge restrains his words, and a man of understanding keeps a cool head.

Proverbs 18:21
Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Ecclesiastes 5:2
Do not be hasty to speak, and do not let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. After all, God is in heaven and you are on earth. So let your words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:3
As a dream comes through many cares, so the speech of a fool comes with many words.

Treasury of Scripture

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

the multitude

Ecclesiastes 5:3
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

Ecclesiastes 10:13,14
The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness…

James 3:2
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

but

Proverbs 17:27,28
He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit…

Psalm 39:1
To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

James 1:19
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:







Lexicon
When words
דְּ֭בָרִים (də·ḇā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

are many,
בְּרֹ֣ב (bə·rōḇ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

sin
פָּ֑שַׁע (pā·ša‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6588: Transgression

is unavoidable,
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

but he who restrains
וְחֹשֵׂ֖ךְ (wə·ḥō·śêḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2820: To restrain, refrain, to refuse, spare, preserve, to observe

his lips
שְׂפָתָ֣יו (śə·p̄ā·ṯāw)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

is wise.
מַשְׂכִּֽיל׃ (maś·kîl)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent
(19) In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin, for they are sure to fail in truthfulness, or charity, or opportuneness, and will come under the condemnation of Matthew 12:36, as being the outcome of a careless heart.

Verse 19. - There wanteth not sin; LXX., "Thou wilt not avoid sin." Loquacity leads to exaggeration and untruthfulness, slander and uncharitableness (comp. Ecclesiastes 5:1-3; and Christ's and James's solemn warnings, Matthew 12:36; James 1:26; James 3:2, etc.). "Speak little," says Pinart ('Meditations,' ch. 6.), "because for one sin which we may commit by keeping silence where it would be well to speak, we commit a hundred by speaking upon all occasions" (see on Proverbs 17:27), Another rendering of the passage gives "By multitude of words sin does not vanish away;" i.e. you cannot mend a fault by much talking. But this weakens the contrast, and the Authorized Version is correct. Is wise. St. James calls the reticent "a perfect man" (comp. Proverbs 13:3). "This sentence of Scripture," says St. Augustine, in his 'Retractations,' "I greatly fear, because my numerous treatises, I know well, contain many things, if not false, at any rate idle and unnecessary." 10:7. Both the just and the wicked must die; but between their souls there is a vast difference. 8. The wise in heart puts his knowledge in practice. 9. Dissemblers, after all their shuffling, will be exposed. 10. Trick and artifice will be no excuse for iniquity. 11. The good man's mouth is always open to teach, comfort, and correct others. 12. Where there is hatred, every thing stirs up strife. By bearing with each other, peace and harmony are preserved. 13. Those that foolishly go on in wicked ways, prepare rods for themselves. 14. Whatever knowledge may be useful, we must lay it up, that it may not be to seek when we want it. The wise gain this wisdom by reading, by hearing the word, by meditation, by prayer, by faith in Christ, who is made of God unto us wisdom. 15. This refers to the common mistakes both of rich and poor, as to their outward condition. Rich people's wealth exposes them to many dangers; while a poor man may live comfortably, if he is content, keeps a good conscience, and lives by faith. 16. Perhaps a righteous man has no more than what he works hard for, but that labour tends to life. 17. The traveller that has missed his way, and cannot bear to be told of it, and to be shown the right way, must err still. 18. He is especially a fool who thinks to hide anything from God; and malice is no better. 19. Those that speak much, speak much amiss. He that checks himself is a wise man, and therein consults his own peace. 20,21. The tongue of the just is sincere, freed from the dross of guile and evil design. Pious discourse is spiritual food to the needy. Fools die for want of a heart, so the word is; for want of thought.
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