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Proverbs 18:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A fool's lips enter into contention, And his mouth calleth for stripes.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A fool’s lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for stripes.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The lips of a dullard, enter into contention, and his mouth, for blows, crieth out.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The lips of a fool enter into strife, And his mouth for stripes calleth.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The lips of a fool intermeddle with strife: and his mouth provoketh quarrels.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A fooles lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The lips of a fool bring [him] into troubles, and his bold mouth calls for death.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A fool's 3684
{3684} Prime
From H3688; properly fat, that is, (figuratively) stupid or silly.
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.).
enter 935
{0935} Prime
A primitive root; to go or come (in a wide variety of applications).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
into contention, 7379
{7379} Prime
From H7378; a contest (personal or legal).
and 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.
calleth 7121
{7121} Prime
A primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (that is, properly address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
for strokes. 4112
{4112} Prime
From H1986; a blow.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 18:6-7

_ _ The quarrelsome bring trouble on themselves. Their rash language ensnares them (Proverbs 6:2).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 18:6-7

_ _ Solomon has often shown what mischief bad men do to others with their ungoverned tongues; here he shows what mischief they do to themselves. 1. They embroil themselves in quarrels: A fool's lips, without any cause or call, enter into contention, by advancing foolish notions which others find themselves obliged to oppose, and so a quarrel is begun, or by giving provoking language, which will be resented, and satisfaction demanded, or by setting men at defiance, and bidding them do if they dare. Proud, and passionate men, and drunkards, are fools, whose lips enter into contention. A wise man may, against his will, be drawn into a quarrel, but he is a fool that of choice enters into it when he might avoid it, and he will repent it when it is too late. 2. They expose themselves to correction: The fool's mouth does, in effect, call for strokes; he has said that which deserves to be punished with strokes, and is still saying that which needs to be checked, and restrained with strokes, as Ananias unjustly commanded that Paul should be smitten on the mouth. 3. They involve themselves in ruin: A fool's mouth, which has been, or would have been, the destruction of others, proves at length his own destruction, perhaps from men. Shimei's mouth was his own destruction, and Adonijah's, who spoke against his own head. And when a fool, by his foolish speaking, has run himself into a premunire, and thinks to bring himself off by justifying or excusing what he has said, his defence proves his offence, and his lips are still the snare of his soul, entangling him yet more and more. However, when men by their evil words shall be condemned at God's bar their mouths will be their destruction, and it will be such an aggravation of their ruin as will not admit one drop of water, one drop of comfort, to cool their tongue, which is their snare and will be their tormentor.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 12:16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame.
Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom.
Proverbs 14:16 A wise [man] feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
Proverbs 16:27-28 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire. ... A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
Proverbs 20:3 [It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
Proverbs 27:3 A stone [is] heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath [is] heavier than them both.


Proverbs 14:3 In the mouth of the foolish [is] a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
Proverbs 19:19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver [him], yet thou must do it again.
Proverbs 22:24-25 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: ... Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
Proverbs 25:24 [It is] better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
Proverbs 29:9 [If] a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, [there is] no rest.
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