Proverbs 15 :4

Proverbs 15 :4 Translations

King James Version (KJV)

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

American King James Version (AKJV)

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

American Standard Version (ASV)

A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

Basic English Translation (BBE)

A comforting tongue is a tree of life, but a twisted tongue is a crushing of the spirit.

Webster's Revision

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness in it is a breach in the spirit.

World English Bible

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but deceit in it crushes the spirit.

English Revised Version (ERV)

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.

Definitions for Proverbs 15 :4

Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 15 :4

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life - Here again is an allusion to the paradisiacal tree, עץ חיים ets chaiyim, "the tree of lives."

Barnes's Commentary on Proverbs 15 :4

A wholesome tongue - literally, as in the margin, the same word as "sound" in Proverbs 14:30 (see the note). A more literal rendering would be soundness of speech.

Tree of life - Compare Proverbs 3:18 note.

Breach in the spirit - With the sense of vexation (compare Isaiah 65:14).

Wesley's Commentary on Proverbs 15 :4

15:4 Wholesome - Which utters sound and useful counsels. Tree of life - Is greatly useful to preserve the present life, and to promote the spiritual and eternal life, both of the speaker and hearers. Perverseness - False or corrupt speeches. A breach - Disturbs and wounds the spirits, both of the speaker and hearers.
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