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Proverbs 18:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The words of a man's mouth are [as] deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is [as] a flowing brook.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the well-spring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The words of a man's mouth are deep waters, [and] the fountain of wisdom is a gushing brook.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Deep waters, are the words of a man's mouth,—a bubbling brook, the well-spring of wisdom.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Deep waters [are] the words of a man's mouth, The fountain of wisdom [is] a flowing brook.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Words from the mouth of a man are as deep water: and the fountain of wisdom is an overflowing stream.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The words of a mans mouth, [are as] deepe waters, [and] the well-spring of wisedome [as] a flowing brooke.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A word in the heart of a man is a deep water, and a river and fountain of life spring forth.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The words 1697
{1697} Prime
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
of a man's 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
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.
[are as] deep 6013
{6013} Prime
From H6009; deep (literally or figuratively).
waters, 4325
{4325} Prime
Dual of a primitive noun (but used in a singular sense); water; figuratively juice; by euphemism urine, semen.
[and] the wellspring 4726
{4726} Prime
From H6979; properly something dug, that is, a (generally) source (of water, even when naturally flowing; also of tears, blood (by euphemism of the female pudenda); figuratively of happiness, wisdom, progeny).
of wisdom 2451
{2451} Prime
From H2449; wisdom (in a good sense).
[as] a flowing 5042
{5042} Prime
A primitive root; to gush forth; figuratively to utter (good or bad words); specifically to emit (a foul odor).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
brook. 5158
{5158} Prime
From H5157 in its original sense; a stream, especially a winter torrent; (by implication) a (narrow) valley (in which a brook runs); also a shaft (of a mine).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 18:4

_ _ Wise speech is like an exhaustless stream of benefit.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 18:4

_ _ The similitudes here seem to be elegantly transposed. 1. The well-spring of wisdom is as deep waters. An intelligent knowing man has in him a good treasure of useful things, which furnishes him with something to say upon all occasions that is pertinent and profitable. This is as deep waters, which make no noise, but never run dry. 2. The words of such a man's mouth are as a flowing brook. What he sees cause to speak flows naturally from him and with a great deal of ease, and freedom, and natural fluency; it is clean and fresh, it is cleansing and refreshing; from his deep waters there flows what there is occasion for, to water those about him, as the brooks do the low grounds.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 18:4

A man's — A wise man's. As a brook — That wisdom which is in his heart is continually pouring forth wise and good counsels.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 18:4

The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep (d) waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook.

(d) Which can never be drawn empty, but always bring profit.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of a righteous [man is] a well of life: but violence covereth 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 unto him that hath 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 ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 7:38-39 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. ... (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
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, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech [be] alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

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Psalms 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
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Ps 78:2. Pv 10:11; 13:14; 16:22; 20:5. Mt 12:34. Jn 4:14; 7:38. Col 3:16; 4:6.

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