Proverbs 18:20

20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.

Read Proverbs 18:20 Using Other Translations

A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.

What does Proverbs 18:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 18:20

A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth,
&c.] With his own words and discourses, when they are prudent, pious, and savoury; when they are with grace, and minister it; they are satisfying to himself, to his own mind and conscience, and to his family; to all within his house, which is, as it were, his belly; but, if otherwise, it will not be profitable nor satisfying to either; and therefore, if a man would keep conscience easy, and be useful to others, he ought to take care what he says; see ( Proverbs 12:14 ) ( 13:2 ) ; [and] with the increase of his lips shall he be filled;
the same thing as before, expressed in different words, alluding to the sowing, of seed in the earth, and the increase of it; as a man sows he reaps, and enjoys the fruits of his labour; according to what a man sows with his lips, such is his harvest he is afterwards a partaker of.

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