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Proverbs 13:3

    Proverbs 13:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life; But he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He who keeps a watch on his mouth keeps his life; but he whose lips are open wide will have destruction.

    Webster's Revision

    He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life; But he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

    World English Bible

    He who guards his mouth guards his soul. One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 13:3

    He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life - How often have the foolish, headstrong, and wicked, forfeited their lives by the treasonable or blasphemous words they have spoken! The government of the tongue is a rare but useful talent.

    But he that openeth wide his lips - He that puts no bounds to his loquacity, speaks on every subject, and gives his judgment and opinion on every matter. It has often been remarked that God has, given us two Eyes, that we may See much; two Ears, that we may Hear much; but has given us but One tongue, and that fenced in with teeth, to indicate that though we hear and see much, we should speak but little.