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Proverbs 13:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life; [But] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his soul; destruction shall be to him that openeth wide his lips.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He that watcheth his mouth, guardeth his soul, He that openeth wide his lips, [it shall be] his ruin.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Whoso is keeping his mouth, is keeping his soul, Whoso is opening wide his lips—ruin to him!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his soul: but he that hath no guard on his speech shall meet with evils.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his life: [but] hee that openeth wide his lips, [shall haue] destruction.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— He that keeps his own mouth keeps his own life: but he that is hasty with his lips shall bring terror upon himself.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He that keepeth 5341
{5341} Prime
A primitive root; to guard, in a good sense (to protect, maintain, obey, etc.) or a bad one (to conceal, etc.).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
his mouth 6310
{6310} Prime
From H6284; the mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literally or figuratively (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to.
keepeth 8104
{8104} Prime
A primitive root; properly to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
his life: 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).
[but] he that openeth wide 6589
{6589} Prime
A primitive root; to dispart (the feet or lips), that is, become licentious.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
his lips 8193
{8193} Prime
(The second form is in dual and plural); Probably from H5595 or H8192 through the idea of termination (compare H5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication language; by analogy a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.).
shall have destruction. 4288
{4288} Prime
From H2846; properly a dissolution; concretely a ruin, or (abstractly) consternation.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 13:3

_ _ He ... mouth ... life — because evil speeches may provoke violence from others.

_ _ he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction — On last clause, compare Proverbs 10:14.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 13:3

_ _ Note, 1. A guard upon the lips is a guard to the soul. He that is cautious, that thinks twice before he speaks once, that, if he have thought evil, lays his hand upon his mouth to suppress it, that keeps a strong bridle on his tongue and a strict hand on that bridle, he keeps his soul from a great deal both of guilt and grief and saves himself the trouble of many bitter reflections on himself and reflections of others upon him. 2. There is many a one ruined by an ungoverned tongue: He that opens widely his lips, to let our quod in buccam veneritwhatever comes uppermost, that loves to bawl, and bluster, and make a noise, and affects such a liberty of speech as bids defiance both to God and man, he shall have destruction. it will be the destruction of his reputation, his interest, his comfort, and his soul for ever, James 3:6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.
Proverbs 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Psalms 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.
Matthew 12:36-37 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. ... For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion [is] vain.
James 3:2-12 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. ... Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so [can] no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
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