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Proverbs 11:30 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; And he that is wise winneth souls.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and the wise winneth souls.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The fruit of the righteous, is a tree of life, and, he that rescueth souls, is wise.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life, And whoso is taking souls [is] wise.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The fruit of the just man is a tree of life: and he that gaineth souls is wise.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life: and hee that winneth soules, [is] wise.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Out of the fruit of righteousness grows a tree of life; but the souls of transgressors are cut off before their time.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that winneth souls [is] wise.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The fruit 6529
{6529} Prime
From H6509; fruit (literally or figuratively).
of the righteous 6662
{6662} Prime
From H6663; just.
[is] a tree 6086
{6086} Prime
From H6095; a tree (from its firmness); hence wood (plural sticks).
of life; 2416
{2416} Prime
From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.
and he that winneth 3947
{3947} Prime
A primitive root; to take (in the widest variety of applications).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
souls 5315
{5315} Prime
From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental).
[is] wise. 2450
{2450} Prime
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 11:24-31.

Proverbs 11:30

_ _ a tree of life — Blessings to others proceed from the works of the righteous (Proverbs 3:18).

_ _ winneth souls — (Compare Margin) to do them good as opposed to Proverbs 6:25; Ezekiel 13:18 (compare Luke 5:10).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 11:30

_ _ This shows what great blessings good men are, especially those that are eminently wise, to the places where they live, and therefore how much to be valued. 1. The righteous are as trees of life; the fruits of their piety and charity, their instructions, reproofs, examples, and prayers, their interest in heaven, and their influence upon earth, are like the fruits of that tree, precious and useful, contributing to the support and nourishment of the spiritual life in many; they are the ornaments of paradise, God's church on earth, for whose sake it stands. 2. The wise are something more; they are as trees of knowledge, not forbidden, but commanded knowledge. He that is wise, by communicating his wisdom, wins souls, wins upon them to bring them in love with God and holiness, and so wins them over into the interests of God's kingdom among men. The wise are said to turn many to righteousness, and that is the same with winning souls here, Daniel 12:3. Abraham's proselytes are called the souls that he had gotten, Genesis 12:5. Those that would win souls have need of wisdom to know how to deal with them; and those that do win souls show that they are wise.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 11:30

The fruit — His discourses and his whole conversation, is like the fruit of the tree of life. Winneth — That gains souls to God.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 11:30

The fruit of the righteous [is] a tree of life; and he that (s) winneth souls [is] wise.

(s) That is, brings them to the knowledge of God.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 3:18 She [is] a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy [is every one] that retaineth her.
Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.


Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
John 4:36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 For though I be free from all [men], yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. ... And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with [you].
1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? [Are] not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
James 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Heb. taketh,
Luke 5:9-10 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: ... And so [was] also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
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Pv 3:18; 15:4. Dn 12:3. Mt 4:19. Lk 5:9. Jn 4:36. 1Co 9:19. 1Th 2:19. Jm 5:20.

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