Proverbs 13:3

3 Anyone who guards what he says guards his life. But anyone who speaks without thinking will be destroyed.

Proverbs 13:3 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 13:3

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life
He that keeps his mouth shut keeps it as with a bridle; keeps it from speaking things of other persons, particularly of such as are in high places, of kings and princes, and civil magistrates: he keeps himself quiet and comfortable; keeps himself from many troubles, which otherwise he would come into; keeps his life from danger, to which it would be exposed, should he speak evil of dignities, or give himself the freedom, as some do, whereby they are brought to an untimely end; see ( Proverbs 18:21 ) ; besides, persons ought to be careful of their words, since by them a man will either be justified or condemned hereafter, ( Matthew 12:37 ) ; [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction;
or "consternation" F24: he that is rash and inconsiderate, hasty with his lips, a talkative man; that speaks freely everything that comes into his mind, regardless of the characters of men, or consequences of things; is often brought into frights and fears, through the menaces and threatenings of men in power, whose characters he has made too free with, and oftentimes is brought to ruin and destruction: so he, whose throat is as an open sepulchre, belching out filthy words, horrid oaths, curses, and imprecations, destruction is near him, even in all his ways; and the man of sin, that opens his mouth in blasphemy against God, and his tabernacle, and his saints, shall go into perdition, ( Revelation 13:5 Revelation 13:6 ) ( 17:8 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F24 (htxm) "consternatio", Mercerus, Cocceius, Michaelis; "terrebitur", Tigurine version.

Proverbs 13:3 In-Context

1 A wise child pays attention to what his father teaches him. But anyone who makes fun of others doesn't listen to warnings.
2 The good things a man says benefit him. But a liar loves to hurt others.
3 Anyone who guards what he says guards his life. But anyone who speaks without thinking will be destroyed.
4 People who refuse to work want things and get nothing. But the longings of people who work hard are completely satisfied.
5 Those who do right hate what is false. But those who do wrong bring shame and dishonor.