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Proverbs 14:3

3 A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.

Read Proverbs 14:3 Using Other Translations

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe.

What does Proverbs 14:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 14:3

In the mouth of the foolish [is] a rod of pride
A proud tongue, or a tongue speaking proud and haughty things; with which foolish or wicked men smite others and wound and hurt their reputation and credit, and in the issue hurt themselves also; their tongue is not only a rod to others, but a scourge to themselves, or is the cause of evil coming upon them; such was the tongue of Pharaoh, as Jarchi on the place observes, ( Exodus 5:2 ) ; and of those the psalmist speaks of, ( Psalms 73:9 ) ; and particularly of antichrist, whose mouth is opened in blasphemies against God, and his tabernacle, and his saints, ( Revelation 13:5 Revelation 13:6 ) ; but the lips of the wise shall preserve them;
from speaking such proud and haughty things against God and men; or from being hurt by the tongues of men or their own; yea, what coaxes out of their mouth is confounding and destructive to their enemies, ( Revelation 11:5 ) .

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