Proverbs 12:14

14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.

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Proverbs 12:14 in Other Translations

KJV
14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.
ESV
14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.
NLT
14 Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.
MSG
14 Well-spoken words bring satisfaction; well-done work has its own reward.
CSB
14 A man will be satisfied with good by the words of his mouth, and the work of a man's hands will reward him.

Proverbs 12:14 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 12:14

A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of [his]
mouth
The wholesome advice, the good instruction, and sound doctrine he delivers to others, which are the fruit of his lips, and come forth by them from his heart; these redound to his own advantage, are not only a satisfaction to his mind upon reflection, but because of these he is filled with good things, even to satiety, both in this life and that to come; see ( 1 Timothy 4:6 ) ; or a "man shall be satisfied with good from the fruit of the mouth"; or "be satisfied from the fruit of the mouth of a man" F26; that is, of another man; either of a private man, by his prayers, by the account he gives of his own experience, by the conversation he has with him about the truths of the Gospel; or of a faithful minister of the word, who is the means of feeding the souls of men with good things, even to satisfaction, with the wholesome words of our Lord Jesus Christ, with the sincere milk of the word, with the bread of life, even with the finest of the wheat; and the recompence of a man's hand shall be rendered unto him;
if his words turn to his account, much more his works; if he is filled with good things for the sake of the one, much more will he be recompensed in a way of grace on account of the other; and not for the one without the other, nor for words without works: or "the recompence of a man's hands", or of his works which his hands do, "he shall render to him" {a}; that is, God, who renders to every man according to his works; which serves not to establish the doctrine of merit, but to show the goodness and grace of God in taking notice of and accepting the imperfect works of men through Christ, and for his sake.


FOOTNOTES:

F26 (vya yp yrpm) "de fructu oris viri", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Schultens.
F1 (wl bwvy) "reddet ei", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis; "restituet ei", Munster, so Aben Ezra; "ei refundet", Schultens.

Proverbs 12:14 In-Context

12 The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.
13 Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.
14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.
15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.
16 Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Proverbs 13:2; Proverbs 15:23; Proverbs 18:20
  • 2. Proverbs 14:14; Isaiah 3:10-11
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