Proverbs 10:21

21 The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense.

Read Proverbs 10:21 Using Other Translations

The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.
The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

What does Proverbs 10:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 10:21

The lips of the righteous feed many
Not their bodies; words are but wind, and will not feed; it is not enough to say to the distressed, "be ye warmed and filled", and give nothing; unless this can be understood of obtaining food for others by their prayers, as Jarchi interprets it: but the souls of many; these the righteous feed, by communicating the spiritual knowledge and understanding of divine things they are partakers of; by setting before them the bread of life, the honey and milk of the Gospel, they have under their tongue; and by the good counsel and advice, comforts and admonitions, they give them; see ( Jeremiah 3:15 ) ( Song of Solomon 4:11 ) ; but fools die for want of wisdom:
not a corporeal death, which is common to men of every rank and quality; wise men die even as fools; but they continue under the power of a spiritual death, for want of enlightening and quickening grace, and so die an eternal death: not for want of natural wisdom, which they may have a greater share of than those who live spiritually and eternally; but for want of spiritual wisdom and knowledge; the knowledge of Christ, and the way of life and salvation by him, and the knowledge of God in Christ; and not always for the want of the means of such wisdom and knowledge; as the Scriptures, which are able to make a man wise unto salvation; and the Gospel, which is the wisdom of God in a mystery; but through the neglect and contempt of them: though sometimes men perish through want of the means of knowledge, and the neglect of those who should instruct them, ( Hosea 4:6 ) .

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