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Proverbs 10:21

    Proverbs 10:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The lips of the righteous feed many; But the foolish die for lack of understanding.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The lips of the upright man give food to men, but the foolish come to death for need of sense.

    Webster's Revision

    The lips of the righteous feed many; But the foolish die for lack of understanding.

    World English Bible

    The lips of the righteous feed many, but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The lips of the righteous feed many: but the foolish die for lack of understanding.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 10:21

    Feed - The Hebrew word, like ποιμαίνειν poimainein, includes the idea of guiding as well as nourishing; doing a shepherd's work in both.

    For want of wisdom - Some prefer, through him who wanteth understanding, referring to a person. The wise guides others to safety; the fool, empty-headed, and empty-hearted, involves others like himself in destruction.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 10:21

    10:21 Feed - By their wise discourses and counsels. Die - They have not wisdom to preserve themselves, much less to feed others.